Grilled Figs with Mascarpone Cream and Balsamic Vinegar

This delicious dish is perfect for all those end-of-summer nights.  You can also do this with other stone fruits, such as peaches, nectarines or plums—it’s up to you! What You’ll Need: 1 pound fresh figs (cut in half) 1 8oz mascarpone cream at room temperature 2 tablespoons of cream 1 keeping tablespoon of powdered sugar… Continue reading Grilled Figs with Mascarpone Cream and Balsamic Vinegar

End-of-Summer Tips for Fruits and Veggies

Labor Day is just around the corner, so now is the time to eat all the fresh tomatoes, peppers, berries and stone fruits you can get your hands on!  Their fragrant flavors are at their peak right now, which means you should take advantage of them in a wide variety of ways.  Here are a… Continue reading End-of-Summer Tips for Fruits and Veggies

Brown Rice and Corn Pilaf with Lemon Dressing

It’s still summer and corn is in abundance!  Try this delicious side dish and make the most of your summer nights. What You’ll Need: 1 cup long-grain brown rice (Basmati brown rice) 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from 2 ears) or frozen corn… Continue reading Brown Rice and Corn Pilaf with Lemon Dressing

Who’s Been in my Kitchen: Lajollacooks4u Welcomes the Ladies from SIPES

Earlier this month, we welcomed the lovely ladies from the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES).  They were traveling all the way from Oklahoma and Texas for a convention and thought they’d pay Lajollacooks4u a visit! Our four guests dined on an elegant lunch on the terrace, and enjoyed preparing the summer menu that… Continue reading Who’s Been in my Kitchen: Lajollacooks4u Welcomes the Ladies from SIPES

Sally’s Place Features Chef Jodi in its August Newsletter

Lajollacooks4u would like to give Sally’s Place a HUGE shout-out for showcasing Chef Jodi in this month’s newsletter! Thank you for selecting Lajollacooks4u and sharing some of our recipes! To read the full newsletter, click here. About Sally’s Place: Editor-in-Chief of Sally’s Place is Sally Bernstein, a premier Internet site for food, beverage and travel… Continue reading Sally’s Place Features Chef Jodi in its August Newsletter

Who’s Been in My Kitchen: Lajollacooks4u Welcomes the Bensons and Illumina

July was a busy month for Lajollacooks4u, and we’ve had a blast entertaining guests from all over the country! Most recently, we had the Benson family step into our kitchen.  Kristin, Steve and their daughter, Bailey, came all the way down from Texas to celebrate Bailey’s high-school graduation!  She brought along a friend to join… Continue reading Who’s Been in My Kitchen: Lajollacooks4u Welcomes the Bensons and Illumina

Dishing up Recipes: Asian- and Latin-Infused Flank Steak

You’ll love this easy, but delectable summer recipe.  Try it with skirt steak or sirloin – a definite crowd-pleaser! What You’ll Need: 2-3 lbs. flank steak 2 Tablespoons olive oil ½ cup soy sauce Fresh juice from 2-3 limes 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped What to Do: Clean and pat flank… Continue reading Dishing up Recipes: Asian- and Latin-Infused Flank Steak