The inevitable heat wave that hits with the arrival of Fall. Others around the county are cozying up to October with sweaters and misty mornings / the Central Coast welcomes Autumn with shorts, ice cream cones, and in my case, a summer salad. Here is our dinner during that HOT first week of October. My[…]

Sharing a scrumptiously healthy snack on MADE BY GIRL today. These Tomato Saucy Toasts are from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Mama, and are such a beautiful way to celebrate the season. Simple little bite-sized toasts that will have summer memories on your mind! Find the recipe and more photos over at MADE BY GIRL // 

The guaranteed #1 way to crave a salad? A bomb dressing. A dressing that you’d rather just eat straight out of the jar, (but you make a salad so as to not embarrass yourself by eating it straight out of the jar…yeah.) This creamy Tahini & Ginger Dressing definitely warrants that level of craving. The tahini[…]

I love this time of year and can’t wait to see what the rest of The Inspired Plate comes up with for our October Challenge, Seasonal Fall Dishes. I was recently inspired by some fresh shelling beans at my local farm stand, and a recipe from Martha Stewart Living, Pasta e Fagioli. Shown here are[…]

Celebrating the first days of Autumn with The Inspired Plate’s Fall Drinks Challenge! A Fig Martini with a fresh scent of lemon verbena…so refreshing during the Central Coast’s early Fall days. Figs are in their last days in our area, and I’ve fallen in love with them just this year. This Fig Martini is a[…]

No-cook summer dinners rule around this house. Tis the season for something cool and delicious, something light and that takes advantage of the summer months. Here is one of our favorites, Zucchini Noodles with Sesame Peanut Sauce. It’s quite the current trend to make vegetable noodles, either with a Spiralizer (this is the best one!)[…]

I was so excited for our newest challenge for The Inspired Plate that I have a couple versions for our “Egg” Challenge. (Yup, I’m taking a que from Portlandia…the hipster foodie in me wants to put an egg on everything.) We had a beautiful day at the farmer’s market recently and found these gorgeous “Winter/Spring”[…]

A bright and fresh new start to our new year with The Inspired Plate, a Food Photography and Styling group that I’m privileged to be a part of! We are kicking off this New year of 2013 with a focus on Healthy. Enter in my creation of Vegetarian Eggs Benedict. Who doesn’t have living more healthfully in[…]

Earlier in October, the Ode to Tomatoes Festival was celebrated here on the Central Coast. We SO enjoyed attending the Party in the Garden at Avila’s Sycamore Mineral Springs Garden. Four popular eateries joined forces for an afternoon of yummy tomato-inspired bites, tasty sips, and a lovely tour of the garden. Here is a photo[…]

“Add beer if you feel rich, add water if you feel poor.” Dad’s advice about cooking ribs has always stayed in my mind. I’ve stayed true to his rib recipe and it’s never failed. Hands down, this is one of the most delectable BBQ dinners on the planet! I love these “Before” images…meat doesn’t always look so pretty[…]