Dinner Planner – Week of July 31, 2023

I made a grated carrot salad on IG live this week because I know so many people are struggling with very hot temps and just don’t want to use the stove or the oven.  I offered a few no-cook options in this week’s dinner planner.  Another option is to let the supermarket cook for you – rotisserie chickens have a million uses; precooked rice is often in the freezer section and just need a minute in the microwave; there are lots of great seasoning blends and marinades for the grill; I dip into my pantry items like canned fish, canned white beans, olives, salsa, and chips with dips. Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of July 24, 2023

I know the heat can be difficult and maybe even discourage you from cooking.  I get it!  It’s not hot where I live, but I sometimes I enjoy not turning on the stove or the oven and eating less structured meals of olives, hummus, crackers and cheese.  We’ve been doing this for ages, but now it’s trending LOL and even has a hashtag #girldinner. Ok whatever.  Let’s make a mocktail (I have the best recipe in last week’s newsletter) and celebrate being ahead of the curve! Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of July 17, 2023

I realize I have been a bit MIA the last two weeks.  The week of July 3 I was on vacation with my family and wanted to be present.  Plus we were out all day every day!  This past week, my mother had an unexpected health issue and I have been in NY with her.  She is a trooper and will bounce back soon!

For my monthly cooking class subscribers, I am so thrilled you are loving July’s “Coastal Italian” class!  I am making myself available for live office hours on Wednesday, July 19th at 12 pm PST if you can join.  Check your email for the zoom link!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of July 10, 2023

I hope you had an enjoyable week, whether you had one day off or turned this into a longer holiday.  We were in Park City, Utah with one of my sisters and her family and we had a great time.  There is so much to do there in the summer and I absolutely love being out in nature.  It’s wonderful family time because everyone is disconnected from devices (at least in the outdoors!) Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading

Dinner Planner – Week of July 3, 2023

I understand a lot of people are taking Monday off and turning this into a 4-day weekend!  I hope you all enjoy some quality time this week.  If you are hosting any get-togethers or going to a potluck and you have to bring something, I’ve got you covered.  Check out some of the links below.

The theme of my new July cooking class is Coastal Italian! If you are like me and you are not going to Italy this summer like everyone else we follow on Instagram lol, then this class will give you a taste of a vacanza in Italia!  Here’s your dinner planner for the week: Continue reading