250 Ideas for Cooking with 10 Fresh Herbs

It’s no secret in today’s world that our mental and physical capacities are highly interconnected. Perhaps especially in southern California, I often encounter people with dietary restrictions, whether self-imposed or doctor-dictated to enhance health. Personally, I am a happy omnivore. I like everything in moderation, including, occasionally, moderation. I prefer …

Nuts, Balls, and the Panic and Joy of Improvisation

I have a confession. I have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy. Maybe younger, with how fast kids seem to be growing up these days. Recently, seeing the name “Jimmy Johnson” on a business document made me smirk – that is what stood out to be, not the …

Spice Me Up: Soups of Southeast Asia

“Spice me up” is a tactic I employed over a week in Los Angeles after making it through the winter perfectly healthy (yes, we have winter, I wore boots for a week or so) and then landing a springtime cold. Luckily it never set in too strongly, as I could …

Why Food

My parents say that I was born with a formidable appetite, and my friends are convinced I have a hollow leg to accommodate the incongruous portions I consume. Needless to say, I love food, and as with my love for music, I embraced international flavors from a young age. Variety …