Blueberry Basil Shrub

Blueberry basil shrub in bottle with 2 cocktails in front

A tangy blueberry shrub with garden basil and balsamic for an exciting summer beverage that can be served with (or without) alcohol.

Marinated Fava Beans

Marinated fava beans on a off-shite plate with bread and cheese in background

Fresh fava beans marinated with dill and caraway make for a great recipe to add to your next mezze platter or cheese board. Like peas, fava beans are one of the things I planted in the garden this year that are doing well for once. Not many, but some. I also get a lot of them during the spring from our local farm stands. I typically use them in salads or as part of a sauté, but I wanted to offer something different for a change and with this heat I’ve been eating a lot of cold vegetables for supper.…Continue Reading

Peach and Snap Pea Salad

Peach and snap peas salad in white bowl

Peaches and fresh garden snap peas combine in a light vinegary dressing with some nutty cheese in a light salad for the cusp of spring and summer. Only in California will peaches and snap peas be in season at the same time. Honestly, I’m not cheating. The peaches came from the farmer’s market last week and the peas came from my garden. As an aside, I’m so pleased I actually managed to have a few snap pea vines producing this year. Every year I try to grow them and only get a couple peas. This year I have lovely sweet…Continue Reading

Rhubarb Cream Cake

Side view of rhubarb cream cake on cake stand and green background

A tender cake with bright rhubarb and lime, topped with walnuts and brown sugar. A perfect anytime cake that you can just about justify being breakfast.

Strawberry Lavender Cookies

Strawberry lavender sandwich cookies with a blue napkin

Nutty almond and lavender cookies sandwiched with strawberry jam and topped with white chocolate and more lavender for fun spring treat.

Strawberry Cilantro Chutney

3 jars of chutney, one open

A chutney with fresh strawberries, herbal cilantro, and a hint of spice from ginger and white pepper. Perfect for a spring cheese or charcuterie board or just to have on toasty as a savoury alternative to jam.

Strawberry Bars

Strawberry bars on parchment side shot

A strawberry curd with fresh bites of strawberries on a nutty oat and whole wheat base for a not-too-sweet and creamy treat. Strawberry bars are a unique alternative to lemon bars for gatherings, pot lucks, and bake sales.

Warm Farro Salad with Spring Vegetables

Two plates of farro salad and flowers on a table

Asparagus and favas in a warm farro salad base, tossed with some mint and lemon for a light meal highlighting the best in early spring vegetables.

Carrot Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel

Carrot cupcakes with several on cake stand

Tender carrot cake studded with walnuts and homemade candied orange peel, in cupcake form topped with mascarpone frosting. Perfect recipe for highlighting the difference between using baking soda and baking powder in baked goods.