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 »

  • Miraculous Meatballs

    “Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.” — Lemony Snicket (The Carnivorous Carnival) We luuuurve meatballs around here. I have so many different ways I make meatballs that if I don’t blog it or write it down… Read more »

  • Comforting Chicken and Rice Casserole

    We’re having a bit of weather here in the North Bay of SF this week. It has been such a warm and mild winter that I was fooled into thinking Spring came early this year and we were going to just skip Winter and jolly along with our 70 degree glorious days. I was wrong… Read more »

  • Ooooey Goooeyy Lovely and Delicious!

    The other day I went to the SF Academy of Science with my son. We love going there and we also love to eat there. They have a lot of different options for food including the fabulous Moss Room. If you live near SF or are visiting I highly recommend the Science museum, even if… Read more »

  • Farro Pasta with Black-eyed Peas…mmm…hmmm

    In the South we eat Black-eyed peas every New Year’s Day for good luck. I could eat them every day. I love them so much. Over the years I have found that Black-eyed peas are a very versatile bean and can go with many different types of dishes. You can eat them cold in a… Read more »

  • Elegant, Simple & Delicious

    Happy New Year! Here we are already the end of January almost 1 whole month into 2011. I can’t believe it. January. The dead of winter, the month when we are all trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. It’s cold and dark and the day is over before you know it. It’s the… Read more »

  • Dirty but Yummy Rice

    So the Holiday Season is upon us once again. I love the holidays. I love walking in downtown SF and looking at all the beautiful holiday decorations that are up and listening o the street musicians do their renderings of the holiday classics. One thing I don’t like though is feeling overstuffed on too rich… Read more »

  • Don’t make these cookies…unless you are prepared to eat the whole batch!

    Tis the Season and all that. The season for baking cookies. I know many of you probably have your old family favorites and don’t want to see another cookie recipe about now, but what can I say? I baked these little Butter Chocolate Chip cookies yesterday for a playdate I was hosting at my house… Read more »

  • Cauliflower Tart

    I love cauliflower. I would go so far to say that it i my favorite vegetable. This week. Seriously though, I find it to be very versatile and delicious. Recently I even saw someone on Food TV make a cauliflower ragout and serve it with spaghetti, a good idea which deserves further investigation. Yesterday I… Read more »

  • Vegetable Fritters-Who doesn’t like fritters?

    I often face the age old question at my house-how can I get my 4 yr old to eat his veggies? I have begged, threatened, pleaded and tried bribing. It usually results in a flat out refusal to eat or him taking 1 bite and then doing an exaggerated gagging act that proves all the… Read more »

  • Lemony Cupcakes

    It’s been a long rainy week-end in Northern Cali. Perfect cooking and baking weather. Also perfect weather for laying around in front of the fire and reading cookbooks. I recently popped into Tyler Florence’s Shop which I am lucky enough to live very close to. I love browsing around in there and have found many… Read more »