On-the-go lunches don’t have to involve the drive-thru rush, styrofoam takeout waste, or waiting in lunch-hour lines. It can just be delicious.

I got a great surprise from a friend this week: desert-grown, garden-fresh tomatoes and basil. I ate half of the gift at dinner and saved the rest for a leading role in my lunch. The Menu: Blueberry-Mango Smoothie with Coconut Milk and Basil Simplicity Salad (chopped snap peas and white beans) On sourdough toast, “Some Assembly Required” Bruschetta […]

Kumquats are in season in Southern California. I got my second bag of them this week in my CSA. To combat the bitter flavor in the kumquats I received this week, I decided to make a “jam” out of dates and kumquats. I stuck to raw food techniques for this recipe, which means it is easy and […]

In 2012, I picked up a great book: Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. It is an encyclopedia of food information, one that I pored through over and over again. I decided to catch up with this old friend today, and when I pulled it off the shelf, I found myself in the recipe section looking at a forgotten recipe […]

I have been catching up on Mad Men, and season six has inspired me to get in the kitchen to try something. This happened after two characters go to Los Angeles to meet with the Carnation Company about their Instant Breakfast product. In the episode, tall glasses of chocolaty milk gleam on the conference table, and I have been thinking about […]

It’s National Park Week, and yesterday, I headed to a Ranger Program in Joshua Tree National Park. It was a desert adaptations-themed walk through Silvia’s Wash, a sandy channel where water flows after a heavy rain. The ranger transformed the canyon and the wash into the perfect outdoor classroom. We paused underneath shady trees, including blooming desert willows and palo verdes, […]

Spring! It’s here. My CSA box this week was full of color to prove it. There were purple, yellow, and orange carrots, grapefruits, new potatoes, broccoli, and spring onions. Trying to use up some leftover potatoes from last night’s dinner, I decided to make a colorful potato salad for lunch. The Menu: Colorful Potato Salad Mint […]