About Kristen_Desmond

I am a chef living, working and playing in Santa Barbara, California. Most of my time is spent running my small business, Flagstone Pantry, at the Santa Barbara Public Market, where we offer fresh, healthy prepared foods. The connections between diet, health and happiness are undeniable and I do my best to honor them, personally and professionally. When I’m not working, I tend to my home garden, fruit trees, herb garden and compost. I also love hanging out with my family, taking walks with friends, and running on the beach. For more information about my background and interests, click here

  1. Food & Cooking Favorite Fall Recipe?

    Hi Julie – I know what you mean! The weather changes, the shadows lengthen, and I immediately think of soups and stews. Some of my favorite fall recipes feature seasonal ingredients like this …
  2. Food & Cooking What Is The Best Way to Cook Artichokes?

    Hi Wendy, Fresh artichokes can be boiled, steamed, roasted, sautéed or grilled. Steaming is the quickest and simplest method, and the one I use most. Larger artichokes typically take between 35 …
  3. Food & Cooking What is a low calorie, quick lunch idea?

    Hi Julie, There are lots of options for assembling healthy lunches that will both satisfy you and fuel your afternoon. For example, combinations of rice and beans offer a complete (satisfying!…
  4. Food & Cooking How to make a yummy & good looking omelet?

    Hi Laurel! Preparing your ingredients in advance, using the right equipment, and a little practice will help you meet your goal of making a yummy and good looking omelet! In a small mixing bowl…