Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

My daughter left her apartment in NYC and came back to California due to the Covid-19 shut down — I’m grateful that she is safe and with me for the moment!  One of the things she misses from her life on the east coast is a lemon poppy seed muffin made by a cafe next…

Lemony Asparagus Frittata

Lemon zest offers a bright accent to Spring asparagus:  adding lemon thyme  just makes it that much tastier. Lemon thyme and lemon zest I grow a number of herbs in my garden, and one of my favorites is lemon thyme.  Lemon thyme is one of several culinary varieties of thyme, and it smells brightly of…

Broccoli Avocado Salad

I love this salad — raw broccoli, creamy avocado, and crunchy pepitas brought together with a tangy lemon and tahini dressing. This is a win-win dish:  deliciousness and powerful nutrition in one tasty salad.  A bonus is that it stays fresh in the fridge for a couple days, which makes it a good one to…

Salad Dressing . . . is a verb

This is the final post in my DIY Basics series, and it’s all about salad dressing – or as I think of it – dressing a salad.  I’ve been asked many times “What salad dressing do you buy?”  and my answer is usually “I don’t buy salad dressing . . .” and that stops the…

Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet

This homemade sorbet is lemony, creamy, tangy, and sweet. The key is to use nice bright yellow lemons, and give the syrup time to absorb the lemon scent before straining off the zest.  The texture of this sorbet is slightly granular, but fluffy like snow.  It’s the perfect dessert for a hot summer day.  Enjoy!…

Homemade Hummus

Smooth, tasty, and as old school as it gets, homemade hummus is really simple – and a delicious DIY Basic.  This classic chickpea and tahini paste has been made for centuries in the middle east — no food processors needed.  But if you have one, it’s easier. Learn to make hummus at home and you…