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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    Debate Food or Food for Debate…

    So last night was the last debate. Enough about that. The thing is I needed food. So I whipped up a yummy, easy vegetarian meal that didn’t require too much actual cooking. I put on a little Shooter Jennings and set to work in the kitchen. 1st, make a little tomato sauce. I sauteed 3… Read more »

  • Fabulous Fall Farro Pasta

    It’s fall again already! Where does the time go? Came home on a Sunday night after a week packed with a month’s worth of events and realized I hadn’t thought about dinner. A quick check of the fridge yielded some fresh baby greens that needed to be used, mushrooms and peppers. I also had onions,… Read more »

  • Carrot Souffle

      Wyatt’s favorite vegetable is carrots. In fact he likes all vegetables that begin with “C”. Carrots, cauliflower, corn. “C” vegetables are good in this household. Suffice to say we eat a lot of carrots, cauliflower and corn. My tried and true go to for the carrots is usually to braise in stock with a… Read more »

  • Braised Chicken Tacos

    So last week-end I was really in the mood for chicken tacos. Usually I just throw some chicken on the grill and then assemble in a corn tortilla with some avocado and onion. But this time I was in the mood for something a little more authentic. I decided to braise my chicken similar to… Read more »

  • Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches

      It’s been a long sweet summer so far. Just back from 3 great weeks in the mountains of North Carolina, time spent with good friends & family and more great memories for Wyatt. Back in California one the first things to catch my eye at the local market are the heirloom tomatoes. It’s prime… Read more »

  • Vegan Cookie Snacks

    I like to waste time surfing the Interwebs looking at different cooking & foodblogs. There are so many great blogs out there right now. You can find everything from the professional such as the always great Food52, the strictly vegetarian such as 101cookbooks, the beautiful 7Spoons and pretty much any style of cooking from non… Read more »

  • Pancakes for Breakfast

    Wyatt & I love making pancakes for breakfast. We always make our own mix and do not use a box mix. It’s so easy and only takes a couple of minutes to mix up your own. And it’s fun. The easiest and most reliable recipe I use is this Sunday Pancakes recipe. I like that… Read more »

  • Summer Breakfast Sandwich

    I love the combination of eggs, greens & tomatoes. In the summer especially this is a sandwich that I make endless variations of. It’s a great way to start your day and it’s also just as good for a quick lunch or dinner. Basically I just toast a whole wheat english muffin and spread it… Read more »

  • Wild Rice Salad

    For some reason I make wild rice salad every summer. This would be just as good in another season but I only seem to make it in summer. I guess because there is such an awful lot of good produce around in summer and I usually just toss whatever I have lying around or leftover… Read more »

  • Shrimp Salad

    Shrimp salad…sigh…how can something so right be done so often so wrong? It’s so simple. The perfect summer lunch on a crusty french baguette, with a glass of Rose and some nice fruit, sitting on the deck…well you get my drift. So here’s the deal, I’m from Florida. That said, I’m a little particular about… Read more »