You know what you should do

Simple summer fresh sweet treat

Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat.  Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season.   Combine that with a simple vanilla cake and whipped cream to add the sensation of full-bodied flavor, sweetness and texture. The one, two, threes…it is

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The Isle of Capri, layered in a chicken breast

Gratefully I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some of the most luxurious locations in the world (trust me, my journeys have just begun!). Treasured ingredients offered in each unique location become another grain of sand on my “culinary beach”. Each experience building my palette, my appreciation and

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Sushi At Home–Yes You Can!

Sushi.  I crave it at time.  The flavors, so fresh, intrigue my palette.   Going out for sushi dinner is one of my favorite meals out.   One of my dear friends is a Japanese Sushi Master, he’s taught me a few tricks to create these same healthy tastes at

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“You know what you should do”?  Recently, I have been struggling with people who see my blog or hear about my show or eat my food telling me, “you know what you should do”?  Actually I’m already doing what I should and want to do.  This is not unique to me.  Each artist, the truly creative and innovative ones, hear this same thing.  During the taping of my beach bites episode I asked my featured artist, the oak street beach muralist, Jeff Zimmerman the title of his piece.  He responded “you know what you should do.” Well, it’s a public environmental mural telling the visitors through artistic expression not to feed the seagulls.  In between taping scenes we were talking and he shared that the true inspiration in the title was that while he was painting for two weeks beach visitors and observers would stop and stare and say, “you know what you should do”?

This is true in so many aspects of our lives.  With food and eating, we are constantly being told what we “should” eat or “should” change about our choices?These are the rituals and choices that we as humans hold sacred.  Our choice!  Our right to choose for ourselves, what we want. My mom has a friend whose been retired since she was born.  Her life is spent shifting from one persons house to another, beach, coves, ranch, garden, city suburbs, states….they all change based on whom she decides can handle her for the next few months.  A true wanderer, or back in the day, the free loader.  Her days are filled with reading recipes and articles about the newest and latest. “It” is always the new miracle that’s going to save your health.  She is the ultimate “you know what you should do.” The infomercial gurus dream sponge!  Needless to say, you usually walk away from any encounter with a promise of a follow up email to remind you what you should do.  Hilarious!  We all know these people, as a matter of fact as I was sharing my story with some members of my close inner circle (who must remain anonymous) I was filled with an over excited, “you know what  you should do with that??” OMG-I do know what I should do and here it is!!!  Love and laughs to us all!

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