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 fry an egg-secrets will be revealed

    Eggs are one of the most versatile foods. They are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In a pinch you can make a beautiful salad and top it with a perfectly fried egg, serve it with a crisp white wine and you have an elegant dinner. I love a perfectly fried egg. I am surprised… Read more »

  • Don’t be sad that it’s Monday dinner

    Monday’s are always tough. Even if I start the day out in a glorious mood, I can be sure that as the day goes on things can become trying. Today was no different. In fact my glorious mood lasted until approximately 9:30 and then all bets were off. So….what to do. Well gather yourself up… Read more »

  • The I’ve been sitting in a traffic jam for 2 hrs and I’m Starving Salad!

    So as you can probably ascertain from the title, San Francisco had a wee bit of traffic tonight. I was on my way back home from the South Bay (where I spent a lovely day with my BFF Dorthea) and it took an ungodly awful amount of time to get home. By the time I… Read more »

  • Tomato Jam-Breakfast Update

    It had been suggested to me by more than one person that the Tomato Jam would be awesome with eggs. I am happy to now confirm that suggestion. Woke up this morning and was pleased to have all the fixin’s for a great breakfast sandwich: Homemade amazing soft rolls provided by my cuz the Pastry… Read more »

  • Tomato Jam-Hot Damn!

    Just recently spent about 10 days with the family in North Carolina. To say we ate well is an understatement. After all the creamed corn, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, mashed potatoes and gravy I was ready to go back to a vegetarian diet once I got back to California. After a couple of… Read more »

  • Stuffed Zucchini…Hello Summer!

    After a brief return of winter in June here in Northern Cal, summer has returned with a vengeance. And not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned. One of the best things about living in this area is the abundance of truly outstanding produce and fruit we have access to. To me summer… Read more »

  • Farro Pasta with roasted corn, braised leek and bacon.

    So I haven’t updated lately. Sorry. I have been cooking and eating though so I have some things to share. The other night I was starving and it was a Sunday night and I had been lazing around all week-end and hadn’t planned dinner. I had, luckily, been to the market on friday and stocked… Read more »

  • The Best Fries Ever. Seriously.

    Leftover Fingerling Potato Fries. I had leftover fingerling potatoes that I served with Salmon the other night. It was a really good dinner, but that’s another blog for another day. I had a hungry 4YO boy who wanted a hot dog and fries. Bingo. Leftover fingerling potato fries. The night I served the salmon and… Read more »

  • My Summer Sandwich

    I have been lax about blogging lately. I know I have. I wish I could say there is a good reason for this but I’d be lying if I said that so I’ll just own up and say I’ve been lax because I’ve been, reading, surfing (only the web sadly) and yogaing. In no particular… Read more »

  • Just a nice light thing to eat…

    My cousin who is a professional pastry chef was recently visiting me. In addition to the marathon baking sessions we did, I swear, non-stop baking for 2 days, we ate pulled pork, beans, tacos & homemade pizzas. Also, my cuz taught me how to make croissants from scratch. Not the easiest thing to do nor… Read more »