Make Something New Every Day

This blog is inspired by all those who love to cook, whether experienced or not, and who continue to experiment with new ideas & ingredients, and best of all, share their passion with others.

The first entries are recipes prepared by the students of Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy in Oakland, CA. Fifteen students with varying cooking experience participated in my weekly workshop (via Tutorpedia), and successfully prepared various meals, snacks, and baked goods as part of an after-school program.

Along with the recipes from that class, I will continue to add new seasonal items, spanning every genre of the culinary world, as well as a helpful list of links to recipes, instructional videos, and places to shop and volunteer in your area.

Feel free to ask me questions and share your recipes and ideas as well. I look forward to cooking with you.

April 15, 2014

It's the Time of the Season for Loving...Your Vegetables!

Spring. A time for renewal. And nothing quite compares with the joy of going to the market and filling a basket with beautiful fresh produce. I hope my Mom is proud that I have always loved my fruits and vegetables. The woman cooked for a family of six every day, and we seldom ate anything processed (though we begged, and occasionally got our way after wearing the poor thing down). 

If you would like to add more fresh produce to your diet, keep an eye on this blog. Throughout the spring and summer I will be adding posts for simple and delicious vegetarian items, using seasonal ingredients in both traditional and unexpected ways. I love trying new things in the kitchen, and hope I can inspire you to do the same. 
I welcome your questions and comments!

Where to Buy
One of the reasons I choose to live in a bustling area of San Francisco, is the ability to shop for my produce daily. Just a few blocks from my home is a wonderful Mediterranean market featuring oodles of varieties of fresh produce, and a surprisingly vast selection of dairy and pantry items. My family has shopped at this market for decades because the owners are there every day, ensuring the prices are as enticing as the cornucopia of goods. 

I encourage you to explore your neighborhood. Grab some bags, hop on your bike, or stroll the streets to see what surrounds you. Check the right side of this blog for suggestions on where to shop, find farmers' markets, and see what's in season in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
Have a happy and healthy day!