Fast Food: Avocado and Tomato on Sourdough Toast

Fast Food: Avocado and Tomato on Sourdough Toast

What to eat… What to eat… What to eat… We all have those moments: standing at the refrigerator, drumming our fingers on the door. Maybe you’re half considering that trusty all-hours Chinese takeout… but really, you’d rather have something a little more wholesome than noodles and mystery meat. Maybe you’re tired of the go-to standby … Continue reading

Santa Maria Blackened Tri-tip

Santa Maria Blackened Tri-tip

Tri-tip is a staple in my family. It’s easy to make and so, so flavorful. Not to toot my own horn (honk, honk), but since I’ve been making tri-tip in the Santa Maria style, I’ve had multiple people (fans) tell me it’s their new favorite way to eat steak. Tri-tip is a rather inexpensive cut … Continue reading


Tomato, Cucumber and Mozzarella Salad

It seems I’m making this recipe all the time due to the lovely tomatoes and cucumbers currently flowing from my garden. But actually I happily make this salad any time I have access to good tomatoes, garden or not. It’s always refreshing, shining on its own as a quick lunch or nicely accompanying most entrées, … Continue reading

Zucchini and Pancetta Pancakes

Zucchini and Pancetta Pancakes

For the greater part of my life, I thought Italian food was heavy, overcooked pasta laden with oily melted cheeses and super sweet tomato sauce. Che tragedia! My only links to “Italian food” in my Southern California hometown were restaurants like Olive Garden, so I avoided what I believed to be Italian food at all … Continue reading


Almanzo’s Chicken with Apples ‘n’ Onions

I just finished re-reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy, and oh me, oh my, the descriptions of the meals the Wilder family enjoyed is enough to make anyone salivate! Book three of the Little House collection, Farmer Boy documents Laura’s husband, Almanzo Wilder’s childhood in New York State. The Wilder family was a study in … Continue reading

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Roasted beets and goat cheese… A more perfect flavor combination is hard to imagine. The intense sweetness of the roasted beets balances perfectly the tangy goat cheese, sending my taste buds straight to their own personal happy place. I have had a thing for beets since I was very young. My parents used to take … Continue reading



Welcome to Picture Real Food! Our inaugural post comes at the height of summer in the northern hemisphere, with temperatures blazing around 105F here in sunny Southern California. Not the best weather for outside work, or for my poor chickens who constantly pant under the shade of their favorite rose bush, but it’s fantastic weather … Continue reading