Welcome to The California Table! I’m Lisa Dearen, a California girl living and raising my family in San Diego. I founded this blog in July 2010 to chronicle my attempts to work through my massive cookbook and recipe collection while exploring new tastes, textures and techniques in the kitchen.
Growing up in Northern California, our family always gathered around a table filled with fresh, regional dishes. My mom was an early proponent of California Cuisine and taught me the importance of local, lean ingredients that could be simple or complex, but always delicious.
Following in her footsteps, I focus on healthy, easy, everyday dishes that anyone can cook. My goal is to demystify the cooking process, breaking down the steps so that even a beginner can gain confidence in the kitchen. These are recipes I hope you’ll turn to again and again, recipes you can build on and make your own. You’ll find my kitchen features (mostly) healthy, seasonal recipes that encourage you to expand your skills while improving your palette.
I’m so glad you stopped by. I hope you’ll share your experience or favorite recipes with me – I’d love to hear from you. Happy cooking!