Day by Day, Cup by Cup

“Tea … is a religion of the art of life.” – Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea - There’s something magical about a cup of tea. Each mixture and color more than cup deep. My introduction to tea came, like most Americans, in the form of English black tea: mild-tempered and flat. Years later, I found myself in my uncle’s kitchen in Santa Cruz sitting on a wooden stool watching him mix...

Maple Hemp Milk

I’m sure you’ve heard enough about the weather in New England this weekend, so let’s skip over that for the time being. After all, the city shows the fits and starts of spring with green grass growing along the sidewalks and bushes in bloom in the Arnold Arboretum. We’ll make it to warmer days everyone, I promise. March came and went without a sound. We saw a few warm days in these parts,...

Vanilla Ginger Baked Quinoa

On February 27th, Kevin and I packed up the car to head down to the coast for my first marathon. I took all my own nutrition - from baked kale to recovery protein and quadruple checked to make sure I had the right shoes and running clothes before ditching town. We spent the night on the coast, relaxing and waiting in anticipation for the morning's race. Kevin had been such a trooper throughout it...

Rosewater Citrus Galette

If you’ve noticed, my posting around here has become less frequent – I’m dropping in twice a month rather than each week or multiple times a week and this is going to be my new schedule for awhile. I love sharing recipes with everyone, but find that the time it takes for me to make something worth sharing is longer than I had originally expected. Between work, marathon training, and...
black eyed pea hummus recipe

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus & Texas Caviar

Happy New Year to You and Yours! I can't believe it's 2016. New Years has always been a celebration in my family. My brother, sister, and cousins used to all meet up at my grandparents in Santa Clara and run wild while on break. We would get there sometime around Christmas and leave after the New Year. My grandparents are some of the most important people in my life. I was that teenager who...

Rutabaga & Pear Soup

I've been going to the post office more often lately, which is a sign that it's the holidays. Every November, I start receiving packages from my family in California for my birthday. They trail from the beginning to end of the month, based on when people have time to put things in the mail. Today, I had my pink package slip and license in-hand and as I passed it over to the guy at the window, he...