Archive for November, 2013


Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Polenta

These cute little tomato balls are a delight to eat. They are dainty yet filling and so colorful. Delicious at room temperature or served cold. Makes 24 pieces. Ingredients Basil Mayonnaise 1-cup mayonnaise 3/4-cup basil leaves 2 garlic cloves, minced Tomatoes 24 small cherry tomatoes, quartered 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 1/2 cups water 1


Kale Pie

My summer vacations spent in Greece began with my grandmother’s “spanakopita,” the fragrant dill-infused spinach/spring onion filling laced with Greek olive oil and feta cheese that tempted and oozed through flaky golden filo dough. After flying for 30 hours from Japan, my brother and I would run up the marble staircase of my grandparents home


Nasturtiums Stuffed with Honey Cream Cheese-Walnuts

When I was the Director of the Horticultural Therapy Center at Descanso Gardens, one of our volunteers introduced me to this ethereal treat. Nasturtiums grow so well here in Southern California and they are a lovely addition to a salad. The peppery flavor of the nasturtiums combine magically with the mildly sweet filling. Ingredients 3/4


Phaedra’s Kabocha Dip

Ingredients 1 medium Japanese Green Kabocha (available at Smart & Final) Half an Onion, diced 5 strips of bacon, diced 1 tsp. butter 1 egg 1/3 cup of soy milk or regular milk 1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese 1/3 cup heavy cream freshly grated nutmeg salt & pepper to taste Directions Preheat oven to 350°F.


First Lotus Love

The first lotus blossom of summer graceful neck stretching tall above the pond surveys her garden As butterfly Koi swirl under her muddy feet. Shaded by green translucent umbrella arms rivaling the white magnolia saucer blooms billowing in the Arroyo sky. Never parched by the sun nourished by goldfish and basking turtles resplendent giant pink

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

The Araucaria Arucana family await to greet their missing brother who’ll join in sentry guarding the estate. Norfolk Island Pine, yet of Chilean descent Bunya-Bunya’s spiked, spiraling branches fishbone silhouette. Tracking nurseries across the country exotic tree request a Victorian garden’s trademark Van Dusen and Kew Garden’s best. A brown box, taped unloaded tissue-wrapped, Express

Great Books to Read About the Infertility Journey

Cracked Open by Miriam Zoll ISBN 978-1-56656-923-1 “Odds are , everything you know about fertility in American is wrong. Between our culture’s blind faith in technology, the media’s compulsion to sensationalize, and a lot of magical thinking, an entire generation of women has plotted their futures based on false information about their reproductive options. Miriam

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