Introducing Shrubs!

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In the past 5 years or so, a new trend has hit America’s cocktail scene called “shrubs”. If you have wondered why plants are on the drink menu, you aren’t thinking of the right kind of shrub. Shrubs, as they refer to drinks, is a vinegar based syrup. And...
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Baking with Olive Oil

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Customers ask all the time for ideas on how to use olive oil other than salad dressings. They are usually a bit surprised when I tell them to bake with it. For so long, consumers have been told that olive oil is only good for salad dressings. With time,...
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Health News – Vegetable Oils May Lead to Migranes, Dementia

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If you are still using vegetable oils, such as canola, sunflower, soy, safflower, etc, you might want to read this article. A Denver physician recently published a book called “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food” and makes some interesting points about the dangers of vegetable oils to...
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Facts about Coconut Oil

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So we all know that coconut oil is the rising star of the health food focused world. Its delicate taste, heat stability and many other factors have made it the new darling of nutritionists and chefs alike.  This recent article in the Washington Post has some really interesting facts...
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Fruit Salad

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One of my favorite ways to start off the day is mix up a bowl of delicious fresh fruit, from berries to your favorite farmers market finds. Whether you are going for a tropical plate with pineapple, kiwis and mangos or something for all tastes (blueberries, apples, bananas and...
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Brussels Sprouts 101

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I owe my love of Brussels Sprouts to two people in this world. The first is Chef Kevin Weinberg, owner of the Walnut Creek Yacht Club.  I worked for Kevin years ago and he introduced me to the world of food, flavor and creative cooking.  I was the restaurant...
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