New Year, new change and an updated traditional recipe

King Day logoHappy New Year!

While I didn’t make any resolutions this year (new or otherwise) , I did make a big change.  I took a break from hosting a much anticipated, annual event at my home.

Great beginnings

For the past ten years my sister Roxanne, brothers Montie and Ricky (who passed away in 2013) and my cousin Fred, gathered in my little kitchen to celebrate King Day,a national holiday to mark the accomplishments of civil rights leader and activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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