Portuguese Orange Cake

With some extra vanilla added in, because everything is better with vanilla. I have great memories of going to this Portuguese bakery with an ex I definitely wouldn’t call him a boyfriend guy. Their pastries were so flavorful and the texture was always spot on! I loved the simplicity of the presentation and ingredients as well. This recipe…

Chef Stories: Campanile

Campanile served as home and a dream come true midway through my culinary career. From the historical building to the renowned chef staff, I was on cloud nine when I was offered a position as a line cook. Cooking at Campanile was a unique experience in that each cook worked every station throughout the week….

Cooking Class: Sample Menu

This menu with recipes included is from a cooking class I did for a Professional Women’s Networking Group. They were having a girls weekend and rented a home in Laguna Beach with an amazing kitchen to work in! We had a blast! If you would like to book a class (gluten free or gluten filled…

Chef Stories: Saddle Peak Lodge

After Culinary School, I started as an intern and later became a full time line cook at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, California. Tucked back into the hills, the space once served as a Pony Express Stop/Hunting Lodge/Roadhouse and definitely maintained it’s old time charm, taxidermy covered walls, and haunted hallways throughout the years. Saddle Peak is known…

A Family that Cooks

I was very blessed to grow up in a home where every night we sat down together to enjoy a home cooked meal, fostering my love of all things culinary. Now that my brother’s and I are old enough to be trusted around sharp knives and hot pans, we each bring that love of cooking into our…

Hello world!

I am a native Los Angelesian and more specifically a Valley Girl. I can’t eat gluten so I am left to simply dream of bagels and donuts. My mission is to perfect gluten-free recipes for all things better off packed with gluten. Most of the stories I will share here are wacky and heartfelt, but I’m figuring things out…