BLUEBERRY COCONUT CASHEW SMOOTHIES

The sun is showing its sweet self earlier and earlier in the morning and I couldn't be happier to greet the day. With warmer temperatures outside, I like to turn to cooler breakfasts. This blueberry coconut cashew smoothie is substantial enough to keep you going until lunch time and makes a refreshing afternoon treat. It's non-dairy and very simple to whizz up in the blender (or if you're in a pinch, a food processor will do the job just fine).

MIMI'S MADELINES WITH ORANGE & EARL GREY

I recently purchased Mimi Thorisson's A KITCHEN IN FRANCE -- it's an amazing cookbook full of seasonal family cooking and lovely photographs of Mimi and her brood in their Medoc, France home. It will transport you . . . . and the recipes will inspire.

GLUTEN FREE BLOOD ORANGE ALMOND CAKE WITH OLIVE OIL & HONEY

There's no finer food to share with friends than a big, messy tea cake . . . This one, pumped with juicy blood orange glaze, whip cream tempered with the tang of greek yogurt and rich due to almonds, honey and olive oil -- is one of the finest I've ever eaten. It's beautiful the next day as well, as the flavors meld even more, the ideal partner to a strong cup of coffee.

BEET SALAD WITH BURRATA & PEA SHOOTS


Roasted Beets -- with their jewel-like hues, tender texture and subtle sweetness are the stars of the vegetable kingdom, right? Love em because they can steal the show as a vegetarian heavy hitter . . . the perfect partner to my favorite cheese, burrata.

ROAST RADISH TARTINES WITH SMASHED AVOCADO

One of my favorite things about living in California is the year-round access to delicious, creamy avocados.