View from the top of Mt. Baldy, the best wintery day trip from LA

View from the top of Mt. Baldy, the best wintery day trip from LA

The holiday season is finally over. It was a whirlwind of dinner parties, cooking events, and lots of quality time with family and friends. Most of my recipes for Thanksgiving and December events consisted of warm and comforting dishes that I don't eat a lot of in California, unless it happens to rain. Short ribs and polenta...butternut squash and sage soup...and of course, my mom's famous carrot cake that I've been loading up with extra walnuts and toasted coconut. All delicious and perfect for sharing with family at home during the holidays. But now, I've returned to California after being in the freezing cold for two weeks, and it already feels like spring here. So, in this in-between season, I'm lightening up some of my "heavier" winter recipes and starting to roll out some fresh new flavors for spring. Take a peek at what I've been cooking up all winter long below...

Coconut carrot cake

Coconut carrot cake

Butternut squash soup shooter with crispy sage, breadcrumbs and creme fraiche. 

Butternut squash soup shooter with crispy sage, breadcrumbs and creme fraiche. 

A quick and healthy Thanksgiving side: roasted squash with steamed kale and a sprinkling of pecorino

A quick and healthy Thanksgiving side: roasted squash with steamed kale and a sprinkling of pecorino

Herbed beef tenderloin with onion jam

Herbed beef tenderloin with onion jam

Before....

Before....

And after. Short ribs in the making (with parmesan polenta and caramelized pearl onions)

And after. Short ribs in the making (with parmesan polenta and caramelized pearl onions)

Stay tuned for new recipes and culinary adventures!

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