My Discoveries & My Inspirations

Home 9 Discoveries & Inspirations
This Month’s Food Find:  St. Pierre Brioche Waffles

This Month’s Food Find: St. Pierre Brioche Waffles

Whenever I find a new product that I like, I experiment and find different ways of incorporating it into my menus.  This month, I discovered St. Pierre Brioche Waffles in the bakery department at my supermarket.  I was familiar with the brand since I buy their brioche...

When Life Hands You a Lemon (or A Bag of Lemons)

When Life Hands You a Lemon (or A Bag of Lemons)

When you open your front door and find bags and bags of lemons from your neighbor (all picked right off his backyard trees) you need to become a wizard at creating new and exciting ways to use them.  A girl can only put so many squeezes of lemon in her tea, soda or on...

The Best Steak, Chicken and Fish Sheet Pan Dinners

The Best Steak, Chicken and Fish Sheet Pan Dinners

Sheet pans, once for baking cookies are now used to cook entire meals!  It makes sense, right?  Everyone is so busy and trying to get a meal to the table in the middle of the week is for most people, another “thing” on the list of “things” to do.  Even for those of...

23 Food Swaps To Make Weight Loss Painless

23 Food Swaps To Make Weight Loss Painless

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I don’t believe in eliminating any food group from my diet. Deprivation has never worked for me long term. Portion control and balance have always seemed like a smarter and healthier long term solution to keeping the...

My Four Favorite Recipes Using Momofuku Chili Crunch

My Four Favorite Recipes Using Momofuku Chili Crunch

I am as impressionable as the next guy and when I saw this fabulous ad on Instagram (A fried chicken leg is being dipped into a jar of this bright reddish/orange liquid and it is completely overflowing…) I immediately went online and ordered a jar.  The power of...

Pears: The Underrated Fruit

Pears: The Underrated Fruit

Berries get all the love. Everyone wants an apple a day. Watermelon is the star in the summer along with peaches, plums, cherries and nectarines. You need a banana (no matter what the crazy people say) for potassium. Citrus gets used all year with a squeeze here and a...

ORANGES: 5 Amazing Recipes Using Fresh Oranges

ORANGES: 5 Amazing Recipes Using Fresh Oranges

Even though I live in Southern California in Orange County, it is rare that I receive a box of fresh navel oranges hand picked right off the tree.  I’ve been told Orange County got its name from the hundreds of orange groves it was once the home to.  I’ve lived here...

8 Recipes Using Store Bought Puff Pastry

8 Recipes Using Store Bought Puff Pastry

Puff pastry is a home cook’s best friend.  It makes you look like a superstar in the kitchen and requires very little manipulation to create fabulous dishes.  Puff pastry is the miracle ingredient found in almost every grocery store’s frozen food section. It isn’t...

The 7 Best Sweet & Savory Whipped Recipes

The 7 Best Sweet & Savory Whipped Recipes

Somewhere in 2019 (right before Covid), I saw whipped feta on a menu. I don’t remember what restaurant or even where I was eating but the idea of whipping feta just sounded amazing. At the time, I was struggling with the concept of getting that hard, block of cheese...

The 7 Best Sweet & Savory Pancake Recipes

The 7 Best Sweet & Savory Pancake Recipes

 There are great pancake recipes in every mom’s kitchen; in every part of the world.  Different nationalities celebrate this basic dish using different local ingredients.  Here in the US, we gravitate to a light, fluffy buttermilk pancake as our “go to” breakfast...

Top Three Kodiak Cake Mix Recipes

Top Three Kodiak Cake Mix Recipes

Before we get into the recipes, please tell me that you are familiar with Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix? (I know, that’s a mouthful!  No pun intended.) I was introduced to this mix at a WW meeting a few years ago. The conversation revolved around...

My 4 Favorite Zucchini Boat “Canoe” Recipes

My 4 Favorite Zucchini Boat “Canoe” Recipes

Let’s get the boat versus canoe thing out of the way first. Most people call horizontally cut zucchini that has had it’s middle scooped out and then stuffed, Zucchini Boats. A long time ago, when I was cooking with friends, I started calling them canoes because they...

Limequats & Mandarinquats & Kumquats, Oh My!

Limequats & Mandarinquats & Kumquats, Oh My!

A recent trip to my local Sprouts Farmers Market resulted in a citrus jackpot. My timing must have been just right because I came across a ton of different types of citrus fruit and a few of them I had never heard of – Limequats? Mandarinquats? I considered it a...

How To Make Ravioli Four Ways

How To Make Ravioli Four Ways

I love ravioli! What’s not to love? Pasta filled with a mixture of cheeses, meat or seafood, seasonings and veggies, cooked and topped with a delicious sauce is something you can crave on a regular basis and I do. If the urge comes during a particularly busy week when...

Have You Tried No Churn Ice Cream?

Have You Tried No Churn Ice Cream?

Let me be the first to confess. Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of no churn ice cream, let alone, made it or tasted it. I heard about it from a 10 year old on Kids Baking Championship on Food Network! I didn’t feel that bad after both Duff Goldman and Valeri...

Orange County California Farmers Markets

Orange County California Farmers Markets

One of the joys of living in Southern California is the abundance of fresh produce and the endless choices of farmer’s markets in which to purchase it. Because the weather is almost always perfect, these outdoor markets are just a great way to spend a couple of hours...

Prosecco or Cremant?

Prosecco or Cremant?

It was Thanksgiving and the family was seated around the table and passing the wine bottles – a white chardonnay for one niece, red merlot for mom. My sister in law joined us this year (I haven’t seen her in 7 years so we had a lot to catch up on.). Wendy Robinson,...

12 Easy Dinner | My Curated Tastes

Get your FREE "12 Easy Dinner Recipes for Two" eCookbook today.

Easy and fast solutions for what to make for dinner: no leftovers to mess with, and no recipes to downsize. Fast, easy & delicious every day of the week!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest