Dad Spotlight: Mexican Food

I enjoyed another appearance on the podcast Dad Spotlight last month where Chris, Don and I discussed Mexican food and cooking for your family.   One of my favorite things about Mexican food is that you can easily remove or add things without a lot of hassle in case a child doesn’t want onions or tomatoes. We discussed quite a few recipes, including many from this blog. If you haven’t [&hellip

Vegan Superfood Bowl for #SundaySupper

Bowls are a great way to enjoy vegan cooking. They can include anything.  If you have some vegetables leftover from the prior weekend’s Farmer’s Market finds, a bowl is a fantastic way to use your remaining vegetables.  They’re also easy to travel with whether that includes a meal for lunch at work, a day at the beach, or to bring along for long road trip so you can avoid fast [&hellip

Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato

Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato Serves 6 18 corn tortillas canola oil for frying 1 large Japanese sweet potato, peeled and cubed 1/4 cup almond milk 1 can black beans 2 carrots, cubed 1 green pepper, diced into small chunks 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper cilantro, finely chopped green onion, cut into 2-inch long pieces hot sauce, optional Heat water to a boil and add cubed sweet potato [&hellip

Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon, Cucumber and Feta

  It’s summer again in Los Angeles.  After a cooling spell of a week in the 60s, we are back to 80 degree weather in April.  So what better time to bring out a recipe my wife found on Pinterest she has wanted to try.  The combination of fresh lemon juice, cucumbers and one of my favorite pastas, Orzo, it was an attractive choice for our lazy Sunday afternoon.   [&hellip

Chicken in Wine & Dijon Reduction

I’ve been hotel living now for over two weeks and this recipe is my most adventurous to date. It also presented me with a bit of a dilemma in the middle of cooking when I suddenly realized I didn’t have a wine bottle opener. Fortunately, the hotel provided serrated knife which I then used to not pop the cork, but rather to plunge the cork into the bottle.  Oh well, [&hellip

Linguini with Pancetta and Golden Beets

Pasta dishes are a great option for hotel cooking. They require only a couple pans and Extended Stay America’s kitchen came with a rather large strainer, showing someone thought a simple pasta makes sense for small kitchen cooking. Last night I modified a recipe I usually make with Pancetta and Parsnips and Taglietti noodles. I had picked up some beautiful golden beets at the La Canada Farmers’ Market and needed to [&hellip

Hotel Burger with Goat Cheese

I am still at in my Extended Stay America hotel room with its quaint kitchenette. Tonight I came home after a long but enjoyable week of work, now only two weeks away from reuniting with my wife and kids. This morning, before leaving to work, I thawed out some grass-fed ground beef I purchased at the Studio City Farmers’ Market last Sunday from Best Beef Ever. It was my first [&hellip

Pork Tenderloin and Jicama Slaw Tacos

This is a leftovers meal.  The night before I made some BBQ glazed pork tenderloin on the grill. With about half of the loin left, I decided to shred it and reheat it in a saute pan for 5 minutes added a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and some ground pepper.  Note: You can use an asian marinated pork tenderloin too. It really does not matter. For the slaw, I bought [&hellip