A drought worthy ratatouille

Serious drought save waterThings aren’t so golden in the “Golden State” these days.

The majestic beauty of California, my home state, is eclipsed by shades of brownish-green.

California’s Drought

This is drought country. The signs you see entering the Golden State should be changed to steady visitors for the stark reality of the 50 shades of brownish-green they will see on this droughted landscaped. Continue reading

Tis the season to eat burgers

WimpyBurger season has officially begun.

It’s not that we stop eating burgers at any particular time of the year because burgers are part of the American epicurean experience. But the gastronomy of the burger with its infinite iterations and mash ups heightens as the summer draws near and the outdoor grills are dusted off.

That’s one theory. Continue reading

Kitchen Cassoulet makes the cut

wowAll I can say is wow!

Look what a little, lonely rotisserie chicken sitting in my fridge along with a few other kitchen pantry ingredients can grow up to be – a recipe for an easy Kitchen Cassoulet that is now among the top finalists in the Extended Stay America Away From Home Cooking Challenge!

The challenge was simple: Submit a dish that can be made in the Extended Stay America kitchen. The recipe may contain no more than ten ingredients, and cannot require baking or use of an oven. When I saw the challenge, I entered my recipe. Continue reading

Ali in the Valley is back-to-basics at its best

Alison Ball Kilmer , creator of "Ali in the Valley"

Alison Ball Kilmer, creator of “Ali in the Valley”

Alison Ball Kilmer may live in the valley – an area nestled northwest of the Los Angeles Basin – but her epicurean influence spreads far and wide.

Talk about a digital imprint – she has a pretty significant one from her YouTube video series to her writing endeavors.  Her wildly successful blog Ali in the Valley: Home grown cooking, down to earth living has an impressive following. It’s shaking up millennium thinking by demonstrating the value and virtue of getting back to the basics of wholesome food. Continue reading