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 »

  • How to throw a Girl’s Night

    Make sure you have a spread, and make sure it includes chocolate and sugar. Preferably hand made candies from france. Your party will need drinks. Hopefully Red & White. An antipasta plate is always a crowd pleaser. Here we have a couple of different Salumi, dry (Secco) and salumi cured with black pepper as well… Read more »

  • Why I love Fall

    I love Fall in Northern California. Typically in early fall here we experience Indian Summer. The days are shorter but the weather is just gorgeous. Our leaves are changing and the nights are cool. The light changes as well. It is not as bright and sharp as a summer day but softer somehow. The picture… Read more »

  • Roasted Chicken Soup

    Yesterday I was feeling a little tired and low energy. I just did not want to go anywhere or do anything. Some days are like that. I figured I could laze around and do nothing or I could do something for myself to lift my spirits. I chose to lift my spirits. For me that… Read more »

  • Beef Rib Ragu

    Ok, so I know I have not posted in a while but September has been a craaazy month! School started up again for my son and this year for me too! So things have been hectic around here. That said I made this pasta sauce the other night when my parents were in town and… Read more »

  • Block Party Salad

    So my neighbors had a block party last week-end. The party was on Sunday afternoon and everyone was supposed to bring a dish to share as we mingled with old neighbors and met new ones. There’s something so comforting about a block party. It seems like everyone is so busy with work, and kids and… Read more »

  • El Paseo in MV

    Lovely dinner the other night with my mom at El Paseo in Mill Valley. Lucky to live in a town where the “Local” chef is Tyler Florence and he partners with Sammy Hagar. Not bad. This is only my second time making it to El Paseo, but it has been great both times. The first… Read more »

  • My Favorite Breakfast Shake

    My favorite breakfast shake is a protein shake that uses almond milk and frozen bananna. This shake is adapted from some shake recipes that Gwyneth Paltrow posted on her cleanse newsletter on her website GOOP. I am somewhat obsessed with this shake and I crave one every morning! It is a great start to the… Read more »

  • Quick N Easy Miso Soup

    I often want a quick, healthy and tasty homemade dinner but I don’t want to put a lot of effort into it. One meal I turn to time and again is Miso soup. I love the saltiness of Miso, it’s so satisfying in either the winter or the summer. Also all you need for Miso… Read more »

  • Skinny Pork Chops

    I made these pork chops last night on the spur of the moment. I wasn’t intending to blog it but then I was talking to my sister and she wanted the recipe and I thought I better blog or I’ll never remember how to do it next time. So, the accompanying pictures aren’t that great… Read more »

  • Cuban Food Mijitos!

    There are many many culinary treasures to be experienced in the SF Bay area. Sadly, good Cuban food is hard to find. Growing up in Florida I took cuban bread and sandwiches for granted. One of my favorite places to eat when I was growing up was a restaurant called the Columbia. There are several… Read more »