Tomorrow is the first day of summer, and we are diving right in. In less than 48 hours, we’ll be sailing on crystal clear waters 3500 miles from Los Angeles, sipping on dark and stormys, passion coladas, and soaking up Caribbean sunshine in the tropical British Virgin Islands. Ryan’s parents are experienced sailors, and every few years, they invite the family to explore the seas in a 45-foot catamaran that will be our floating home for the week. Stocked with a full kitchen complete with an oven and stove, the eight of us will be cruising in the water—with laughing gulls tagging along, waiting for our nieces Stella and Lucia, who will throw them a treat. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a sound system which will have Bob Marley and Harry Belafonte on repeat, our crew will be adventuring around the neighboring islands that make up this picture-perfect region—sampling fresh local fruit, snorkeling in 80-degree waters teeming with coral reefs and rainbow-colored fish, and enjoying some much-needed relaxation after this past year and a half of writing the cookbook! But before we embark, we’d like to leave you with a brand new recipe and a refreshing drink to go with it.
When we are not cooking, we love to hike when the weather is not too hot. There are many beautiful places to choose from around the Los Angeles area, and you don’t have to travel too far to escape the city. We can drive fifteen minutes outside of town, and find ourselves on private, serene trails lined with ancient oak trees, with sounds of running streams and fresh scents of sweet California sage filling the air. Some of our favorite spots are in Ventura, about an hour north of here, where the temperatures are cooler and long, winding trails overlook the Pacific ocean. Lately, since it has been way too hot for any of these activities, we have been busy at home working on new recipes for the blog. We have narrowed our list, picked the best of the best, and couldn’t be more excited to share this year’s Thanksgiving ideas with you. Allow us to start with number one: wild rice gratin with kale, caramelized onions, and emmentaler.
Looking for a delicious, easy-to-make, healthy dinner, preferably one that cooks in under 30 minutes, and uses just one pan? Then you have come to the right place. This meal is light, packed-full of fresh tender greens, and bursting with flavor. And after a festive Labor Day weekend filled with sweet pies, creamy Thai iced tea, and chocolate cookie ice cream bars, this is the perfect savory dish to revitalize and start the month off right. In this simple recipe, we sauté orzo until deeply toasted and fragrant, tossing it with sizzling minced garlic, tangy pecorino romano cheese, freshly ground pepper, a pinch of cayenne, and generous handfuls of kale and chopped basil. With a quick prep time and minimal clean-up, this deliciously satisfying pasta is an ideal mid-week dinner leaving you more time to enjoy these warm September evenings.
Living in Los Angeles, our choices for Mexican food are limitless, from traditional family-run restaurants serving familiar favorites to unique food trucks experimenting with innovative new ideas. This wonderful recipe is the best of both worlds: classic, hearty enchiladas with a roasted chile pepper sauce and an irresistible filling of tender baked potatoes and sautéed kale dressed with lime.