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#Meatless Monday: Freekah, Arugula, Heirloom Tomato Salad

#Meatless Monday: Freekah, Arugula, Heirloom Tomato Salad

Freekah, Arugula and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Proud meat eaters are discovering that the country’s most exciting chefs have become vegetable worshipers. “What’s the world coming to!”, the vanquished cry. Even avid carnivores such as Josh Ozersky, founder of Meatopia food festival, admits to being prejudiced against meatless cooking until he began to notice he and his gourmand friends were getting older and fatter and “tweezer food”  was…

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Endless summer. #beach #beautiful #peace #surfcity (at Huntington Beach Tower 18)

Endless summer. #beach #beautiful #peace #surfcity (at Huntington Beach Tower 18)

Olive oil tasting and book signing lunch at @melissasproduce with @ariannatrading and the Two Extra Virgins.  (at Melissa’s Produce)

Olive oil tasting and book signing lunch at @melissasproduce with @ariannatrading and the Two Extra Virgins. (at Melissa’s Produce)

Oceanfront Dining: Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach

Oceanfront Dining: Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach

Driftwood Kitchen view

Oceanfront dining never gets old and Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach is one of the rare restaurants in Southern California that is right ON the beach. You will most definitely be awestruck by the view and the spectacular natural ambiance it exudes. Recently, we celebrated our 25th anniversary with a special dinner on the outermost patio of intimate tables for two with nothing more than…

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Detox is over - thanks to my DH. A giant Double #chocolate chip cookie w/pecans calls for red #wine!

Detox is over - thanks to my DH. A giant Double #chocolate chip cookie w/pecans calls for red #wine!

Two Extra Virgins’ Olive Oil Lemon Curd

Two Extra Virgins’ Olive Oil Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd with Olive Oil

Forgive me mother, for I have erred – it’s been one week since my last blog post. I make no excuses for my delinquency other than a brief sojourn to Seattle for the International Food Bloggers Conference otherwise known as #IFBC2014 or just #IFBC. But you’ll see it was worth it because I’m back tethered to Mac with reams of valuable intel to share.

First up, a recipe for lemon curd. Citrus…

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@shescookin: Shrimp + grits and a Sazerac. New ‘Awlins in #seattle with @potatohead100 #IFBC #potatolove

@shescookin: Shrimp + grits and a Sazerac. New ‘Awlins in #seattle with @potatohead100 #IFBC #potatolove

Lemon curd made with olive oil by two extra virgins!! Yes, you’re in heaven ;) #IFBC  (at The Westin Seattle)

Lemon curd made with olive oil by two extra virgins!! Yes, you’re in heaven ;) #IFBC (at The Westin Seattle)

A Pink Madonna at The Pink Door! Brought more friends to this sweet spot :)) #IFBC (at The Pink Door)

A Pink Madonna at The Pink Door! Brought more friends to this sweet spot :)) #IFBC (at The Pink Door)

Plump peaches for breakfast tomorrow! #NWfruit #IBFC14 #tasty  (at The Westin Seattle)

Plump peaches for breakfast tomorrow! #NWfruit #IBFC14 #tasty (at The Westin Seattle)