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 »

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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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    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 »