Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts-15128

Honey Roasted Cardamom California Walnuts

One of the many perks of being in charge of a test kitchen is that I get to constantly challenge myself. Whether its looking a salmon (literally) in the eye or attacking a creme brulee with an blow-torch, I am always quite happily stepping out of my comfort zone. As I say time and time again, the cooking process is about learning and that is why I absolutely love it. One particular dish I have always been afraid to try is a honey roasted nut. So, when I was approached by California Walnuts for a collaboration, I figured this was …

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie-12929

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie

Did you know it’s National Nutrition Month? Yup, March is a time to finally get around to that pesky New Years’ Resolution that’s been haunting you since January 2nd.  I personally have been slowly working on my nutrition since last autumn, when I happily welcomed my baby girl into the world. I subscribe to the “slow-but-steady” tribe, so I’ve been making little tweaks to my daily routine – cutting down portion sizes, eating more greens, and doing “baby curls” every hour (you know, when you use your baby as a dumbbell… don’t worry, she think’s it’s hilarious!).   I was …

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …