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Baby Artichokes Braised in Wine and Butter

  When I moved to California about 20 years ago I discovered artichokes. Growing up in Florida we did not eat many artichokes and by this I mean none. So the discovery of artichokes was somewhat of a revelation to me. Now I just plain and simply love and adore them. Last night I  braised… Read more »

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Really Flavorful Braised Chicken Quesadillas

Last night we felt like having chicken quesadillas for dinner. Usually when I make these for Wyatt I just grab some leftover chicken from a previous meal and throw things together, but last night I didn’t have any leftovers so I was starting from scratch. So I thought about it and decided the way to… Read more »

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Chicken Meatballs

Hi. So it’s suddenly very wintery here. It’s stew & braise and build a fire weather. It’s comfort food time. It gets dark at 4:30 and that is tough. For me one way to combat the gloom is to have a warm cheery fire and a house that smells of delicious slow cooked food &… Read more »

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Arugula & Shallot Mayo

  As has been discussed on this blog before, I like Mayonnaise, a lot. Bust sometimes I want to jazz my sandwiches up a little more than adding just plain old mayo. So on those days when I’m feeling the need for excitement I like to make compound mayo’s. I do not go all crazy… Read more »

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Last Minute Udon

u·don  (dn) n. A thick Japanese noodle made with wheat flour, usually served in soup or broth. [Japanese, wheat noodle.]     I like soup. I love udon. Last week I found myself at home and hungry for dinner. Had no idea what I was going to make. A quick survey of my fridge and freezer yielded:… Read more »

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An Abundance of Squash

Summer means an abundance of riches when it comes to beautiful produce here in Northern California. I am very fortunate to have great friends who think of me when they are overrun with the bounties of summer. This happened to me the other day, my good friend Rose gave me about 20lbs of fresh produce… Read more »

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Summer

Things currently found in my fridge: Grapefruit Fresh Peaches Really strong french blue cheese I LOVE summer! “I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl, From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl, I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl, But I’m never warm enough for my lovely… Read more »

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Soul Food

What feeds the soul? In my experience many different things. Maybe it’s poetry or music or chocolate. Maybe it’s eating Huevos Rancheros on the beach in the early morning after a great surf session in Mexico. Looking forward to lounging in the hammock with a good book, a full belly and the drowsy contentment of… Read more »

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Spring Risotto

Spring has sprung and I am all for it. Popped into Whole Foods yesterday to pick up some bread and walked out with all this beautiful produce. So I got all excited and whipped up some lovely risotto. 1st I boiled my fresh fava beans in some salted water for a couple of minutes to… Read more »

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Higher Learning is Good

This has been a challenging year. Back in school, which I love, studying hard to become a teacher.  It has been fun and trying. I attend a college in Sonoma. Of course the dorms are named after “grapes”. Never forget that greasy college pizza experience. Even the 2nd time around it is such a good… Read more »