Summer Rolls

One of my favorite treats is the Vietnamese Chicken Salad Rolls at Pei Wei. They are an occasional indulgence. When I saw that Katie had made some summer rolls, I decided to try making them myself. I was amazed at how easy it was to do. And how delicious! Years ago I had seen this […]

ChiChi’s Italian Salad

Since I was a wee babe, ChiChi’s Italian Restaurant has been a family favorite. A local legend in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys of Southern California, ChiChi’s is a place that everyone knows. And I’m not talking about the Mexican food chain. (Just for the record ChiChi means “little bird” in Italian.) We […]

Fresh Salsa with Garden Tomatoes

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a garden in this year. The days just slipped away from me. But, my husband has a coworker with too many tomatoes. Amen and amen. He’s been sharing with us. We’ve enjoyed them on salads, on pizza, and in salsa. Isn’t this pretty with both yellow and red tomatoes? You don’t […]


Making homemade croutons is a great way to use bread that’s no longer great for fresh eating. Or if a loaf of homebaked bread doesn’t turn out as light and fluffy as you’d hoped, morph it into croutons! Waste not, want not. I like to make a big batch and then keep them in a […]

Creamy Garlic Dressing with Cilantro

Since the days I worked in catering when I mixed up huge vats of ranch dressing, I’ve been making my own at home. A little buttermilk, mayo, and a few herbs and seasonings are all it takes. Recently I was out of parsley, so I experimented and created something new. It was pizza night, after […]

Mom’s Macaroni Salad

This recipe is a classic from my childhood. I made it last week while my mom was here. She said, “I love your macaroni salad.” I said, “What are you talking about? It’s your macaroni salad.” Her response? “It’s better when you make it.” So, if you really want to make this good, have someone […]