Category Archives: Appies, Drinks & Snacks


When I’m asked to bring a dish to a potluck or a party, I like to bring something fresh (read: not chips and dip), something unique and packed full of flavor. Tomorrow, I have a potluck of sorts to attend and the requirement of the dish to bring is that  Read more »


My daughter went to San Francisco the other day with some of her friends. I couldn’t go, but I did ask her to bring some things back with her. I mean, if I can’t go might as well have her do me some favors, right? I asked her to bring  Read more »


Breakfast. It’s the meal we’ve all been taught we should never skip. But in everyone’s hectic lives, we mostly either do skip breakfast or have a piece of toast and a cup of coffee. Not very nutritious at all and a few hours later, you are so hungry, you eat  Read more »


I know, I know…it’s been forever and a day since my last post. Happy Halloween, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all. I do apologize for the lack of any kind of posts what-so-ever. Now, onward and upward! Right? So, I got hit with the flu, really hard.  Read more »


Summer is coming to an end. For me, that’s okay only for the heat of the Central Valley. I am not one for the heat…and yet I live in a place where it gets to be 102 in the summer. Go figure. Our summers provide us with tons of fresh  Read more »


What a summer. I don’t know about yours, but mine was filled with spontaneous get-togethers, tons of teens in and out of the house, work, training a highly energetic puppy, squeezing in work-outs and little day trips on the weekends. Who has time to cook a full-blown meal, let alone  Read more »


First and foremost, the Confessions & Food Secrets page has been updated! It’s been a long time coming with that update….right? So venture on over and take a looksie. Now, on to today’s recipe….. With having been married to an Italian, I was exposed to polenta early on. Although, it  Read more »


So I’m trying something new with this blog and if it works, I’ll continue this way – if not, well back to the tried and true. It’s all about the “behind the scenes” guts of how things are posted, I’m still learning….whaddya want from me, eh? Blueberries. If you haven’t  Read more »

COCONUT SWEET CHILI PANKO SHRIMP with Coconut Garlic Sauce and Pureed Strawberry

Summer reminds me of the tropics. I can’t figure out yet, whether it’s due to the heat or the fact that I’d prefer to be on the beach in the ocean. Maybe it’s both. Then there are certain foods that remind almost everyone of┬áthe tropics: mangos, papayas, coconuts, shrimp, pineapples,  Read more »


There are a few things I love about living in California and the number one reason is the fresh produce that surrounds my area. I love going to the local farmer’s markets (there are about 4 within 10┬ámiles of my hometown). A lot of times, when I see all the  Read more »