Fast & Fun Chicken Sliders

  Monday night 5 pm. I have just picked up a starving kid from flag football.  He;s behaving as if I haven’t fed him in days, never mind that he had a huge lunch only a few hours earlier. Regardless, the minute I pick him up the barage begins: What’s for dinner?” How long until… Read more »

Brussels & Peas & Pancetta Sauce

I Need Pasta Tonight

It was a let’s cook what’s in the fridge kind of Sunday night. Had a great fun filled sports week-end and spent the day down at Stanford today playing tennis and watching tennis and having an all around great day! At the end of the day I was tired but had food and perishables that… Read more »


Mushroomy, Oniony Crostini Goodness

I needed an appetizer for a party recently. I was in Whole Foods wandering around in a daze trying to figure out what I was in the mood for. That’s when I spotted the Chanterelles. Mmmmmmmm Chanterelles. I love them so much. I had to make something featuring Chanterelles. So these Crostini were born. First,… Read more »


Tomato Pie…Oh Sweet Summer!

Tomato Pie, Tomato Pie there’s nothing quite like it. NO….It’s not a tart, in fact it’s nothing at all like a tart! Tart’s are edited and sleek, Tomato Pie is a hot, sexy mess! I love it. After much discussion about Tomato Pie this summer with everyone from “the ladies who lunch” in Highlands, North… Read more »

Fried chicken breast ready for biscuit.

Get Your Fried Chicken Tacos On

The other day my friend mentioned she was in North Carolina eating fried chicken tacos. I thought “that sounds really good right now, good idea!” and I made my own version. I’m a weirdo who keeps lots of stuff in the freezer just in case I need it. Luckily, I just happened to have some… Read more »


Risotto For A Sad Tummy or Risi Bisi with Carrots Too

Many years ago when I was still living “at home” in Florida as it will forever be referred to, I was extremely fortunate to be able to take some cooking classes in Sarasota with Giuliano Hazan. Wow was I lucky! Marcella Hazan’s son learned directly from the master herself and she taught him well. I… Read more »


Chicken Soup

I needed chicken soup today. I mean needed.  I am pretty picky about my chicken soup and it is something I have been making my whole life. I have a few different versions that I tweak as needed and per occasion. Today called for straight up chicken soup, the kind your grandma would make. So… Read more »


Mushroom Toast

Ok I’ve heard from several people lately that I have really been slacking on the blogging. It’s been hot and I haven’t felt like eating or cooking. Excuses, excuses. Anyway I made a pretty tasty lunch today so I thought I’d stop being lazy and share it. A while back I read a post on… Read more »


Melanie Salad

I love this salad. My good friend Melanie takes Arugula to another level with this salad. Just wash some very bitter Arugula, shave some Pecorino over it and chop up some Marcona Almonds. Dress with lemon juice and oilive oil or a sherry vinaigrette. Add S&P. I can eat this for breakfast, lunch & dinner.


Rainy Day Lunch

It’s a rainy day in Northern California today. I’m not complaining. We need it badly. And it’s nice and cozy and warm in my house. The perfect day for a toasted cheese bread and tomato soup. I had leftover tomato sauce from dinner so I decided to turn it into soup. First I added a… Read more »

  • Spicy Saturday night pasta

    My friend Valerie came over yesterday to do a hike and sit in the hot tub. She ended up staying for dinner so I had to come up with something suitable to serve from the ingredients on hand. I surveyed the fridge first and spied my roasted tomatoes from a couple of days ago. We… Read more »

  • Roasted Tomatoes

    I grew up in the South. As far back as I can remember one of my all time absolute favorite things about summer has been farm fresh summer tomatoes. I love to take a whole tomato and eat it like an apple standing over the sink, salt shaker in hand. I have hundreds of ways… Read more »

  • Breakfast for Dinner

    Sometimes you just want breakfast for dinner. There are times when scrambled eggs with cheese and a little side salad, or a bagel with cream cheese or even cereal sounds like the perfect thing for dinner. I do breakfast for dinner quite often. There are so many varieties and endless ways to change it up…. Read more »

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    SF Farmer’s Market

    So. It’s cold, windy, foggy and drizzly here in Marin. This morning I loafed around my house till 11 and then decided to take the ferry in to San Francisco and have lunch and snap up whatever produce I could before the farmers packed it in and headed for home. Just like at a flea… Read more »

  • Fish Tacos:-)

    So I am spending some time in Florida. The beach is just perfect and the heat is great! Lucky for me my parents have nice friends who catch fish and then send it my way! Our friends caught a bunch of trout and were nice enough to give it to me and my sister. So… Read more »

  • Wyatt’s Dinner

    Like any parent I am concerned that my child eat healthy well balanced meals. However, I have a 3 1/2 year old with definite opinions about what to eat and what might possibly KILL him if he even takes the tiniest bite. Sigh. Dinner time can be somewhat challenging day in and day out. One… Read more »

  • Alex’s Garden

    Wyatt and I spent the 4th of July in Nashville ,TN. at my sister Kate and brother-in-law Alex’s house. It was super fun. My mom was there and we also got to spend time with old friends and their kids. The kids, Wyatt, Nora, Reese and Nash all had a pretty good time. We caught… Read more »

  • Summertime Randoms

    Yesterday I wrote about how I love the abundance of fruits and veggies that summertime brings. I do love it but it can also be a problem if you go a little too crazy (like me) and buy too much stuff. I cannot stand to let these summertime treats go to waste but as everyone… Read more »

  • Sum Sum Summertime!

    I LOVE summer! I really think it should be summer all the time. That would make me very happy. For me, summer means cook-outs by the pool with family and friends, camping out at the beach all day long and surfing and playing in the water and going home all salty and tired after a… Read more »

  • Rachel Ray Saves the Day!

    Due to some recent unpleasantness in my personal life I haven’t been cooking much lately. In fact, this week-end is the first time I’ve cooked in a month! Crazy, I know. This morning I happened to be cleaning my room and I had the TV on but wasn’t really paying too much attention. FoodNetwork was… Read more »