Snack Time: Green Goddess Dressing

Greeen Goddess Dressing_A Little Yumminess

Pretty much everything tastes great after a dip in this classic, creamy, delicious Green Goddess Dressing: vegetable crudite, steamed or roasted green beans or asparagus, slices of leftover roasted chicken, even potato or pita chips. Make a big batch of this dressing over the weekend and pack it into small containers for easy weekday snacking.  I am known to to just grab a spoon and eat it by itself from time to time.  In addition, aside from being a “dip”, it is a dressing, and instantly “wake ups” an everyday salad! Continue reading

Picnic Time: A Savory Galette

Savory Galette

Slice a few wedges of a savory galette and pack a few pieces of fruit, and maybe some raw vegetables to munch on – and and you’re all set for your picnic.  It’s certainly more effort than making a simple sandwich, but it’s not difficult at all if you take advantage of store bought pie crust and whatever interesting ingredients or leftovers you might have hanging around in your refrigerator.  We love recipes that use up our leftovers in a creative way, and a galette is the perfect vehicle for that. Continue reading

Picnic Time: Savory Cheddar Muffins

Cheddar-Bacon Muffins

This past summer the San Jose Mercury featured several recipes that we created specially for them, for picnics and pool time adventures.  In the Bay Area, the months of September and October bring us some of our best weather.  It has been so super hot on some days the past weeks few, that some of us have found ourselves (secretly) wishing for fog.  However, while it is warm, and before the rains come (fingers crossed), some of these grab-and-go snacks are great to have lying around.  These cheddar-bacon muffins are a fun cooking project to do with the kiddos on the weekend, before you head out on an adventure. Continue reading

Upcoming Cooking Classes at Cavallo Point, 18 Reasons and Ramekins

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We find ourselves teaching not just kids and teenagers, but also grown-ups at various amazing locations around the Bay Area and Wine Country.  This Fall we have quite the line up of classes and pop-ups coming up (click through for ticketing information and do join us if you can):

We are also using the Fall to tinker with new recipes and develop more amazing classes and conduct more pop-ups.  If you have any ideas for us or want to collaborate on a private event, drop us a line at or keep checking back on the “Classes” tab of our website. Continue reading

Chocolate Cravings: Dreamy-Creamy Chocolate-Banana Chia Popsicles

Chocolate Chia seed popsicles

I have these popsicles to thank for my kids’ growing interest in chia seeds and their strange jelly-like properties.

When that old chocolate craving hits lately we’ve been diving into these cool dreamy-creamy chocolate-banana popsicles. I’ve always liked the idea of homemade popsicles, but somehow they’re always a bit icy and never quite get that luxurious consistency I’m after. Well we’ve done it! We’ve finally landed on what is, at least for my family, the ultimate popsicle! These get extra bonus points because the flavor reminds us of the frozen chocolate bananas you get at the county fair or at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Continue reading

See You In A Few Weeks

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We have had an amazing summer doing what we love most – cooking with kids and exploring different cultures and countries with them.  With our summer camps behind us, we are taking some time off to recharge, get our creative juices flowing again and will be back and ready-to-go after Labor Day.  Meanwhile, with the last few days of summer break ahead of us, do get cooking and experimenting in the kitchen with your kiddos, before the back to school craziness starts up.

After we are back, we have a bunch of cooking classes and pop-ups coming up at venues all over the Bay Area – Ramekins, 18 Reasons and Cavallo Point.  In addition, the cooking with kids will continue with a teen immersion course at 18 Reasons, day camps, sessions at schools and other private events.  Do get in touch if you need us to plan something special for you or your kiddos – or both together, we’d love to work with you!

Yum Camp Foods

Just a tiny sampling of what we cooked this summer with our campers.

Summer Fun: Making Kulfi Pops!


We have already made these kulfi pops a few times this summer and anticipate we will make them a few more times before we are done with summer break.  We used to make my mother’s kulfi recipe, which is fantastic, but takes forever (and a day) to make.  I have been eying the recipe below by Aarti of Food Network fame for ages and finally got round to making it.  Even my mother is converted and is questioning why she spent years of her life boiling down milk, when all she had to do was use canned evaporated and condensed milks.  It’s less ice-y than kulfi usually is, but we are not complaining.  Easier, faster and creamier – all sound pretty good to us.

The chai flavor is ridiculous good – this is basically cool, creamy masala chai made into a pop. (genius!!)  Even the dessert-haters are hankering for this and the little ones are kind of getting addicted to the chai flavor.  Before the summer is over, I am sure we are going to experiment with other flavors.  Mango is next on the list and might be better for the kids than all that caffeine in tea! :) Continue reading