Kale Carbonara

This is my new favorite dish. I had it for dinner last night and lunch again today. Since no one was home, I licked the plate. It’s that good. What you’ll need for 1 serving: 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 1-2 slices of bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 3 cups dinosaur/lacinato kale, center ribs removed, thinly…

Light Raspberry Margarita

I don’t like sweet drinks. I’m not into any of the store-bought margarita mixes which usually are made with high-fructose corn syrup. When I’m out, I’ll only order a margarita if the restaurant makes it with fresh squeezed lime juice instead of sweet and sour mix (often called the “Skinny Margarita”). And then I always…

Stir-Fried Tri-Tip with Radicchio and Watercress

I am obsessed with this Stir-Fried Tri-Tip with Radicchio from The Cook & the Butcher . I almost didn’t make it because it sounded so strange. Who uses radicchio in a stir fry? I’m glad I did it anyway. The bitterness of the radicchio mellows when sautéd with the shallots and butter. (If you’re doing…

Zucchini Summer Salad with Mint and Feta

I wasn’t a big zucchini fan. I never liked it raw. Probably because my mother used to swap it in for cucumbers thinking us kids wouldn’t notice. And I quit ordering it when I ate out because too often it arrived overcooked and mushy. So when my girlfriend told me she was making a cold…

Steakhouse-Style New York Strips

My first choice is to grill steaks, mostly because I’m lazy. I like that I can fix a mix of meat and veggies and there are no pans to clean. But sometimes grilling is not an option. If it is raining or I happen to be out of propane, I make them steakhouse style—searing the…

Balsamic-Rosemary Grilled Chicken or Steak

I’m lucky to live in San Diego where I grill a few nights a week all year round. There are so many things I love about grilling but mostly it’s about less mess in my kitchen and delicious leftovers. I always make extra steak or chicken and thinly slice it the next day to add…

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Banana Bread I’m not a big sweets person. Most nights I’d take a steak and a glass of wine over dessert. But after reading about this double chocolate banana bread on Smitten Kitchen, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I wanted to make it right away, but the recipe wasn’t…