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 »

  • Rainy Day Comfort Food

    It’s rainy and cold in Mill Valley. It turned into winter overnight it seems. Got the Giants vs. Phillies on TV and a fire in the fireplace. It’s quite cozy in here. Today is the kind of day where you just want comfort food. It’s definitely not a salad kind of day. For dinner tonight… Read more »

  • Eggplant On My Mind…

    So I have been thinking about eggplant a lot lately. I have been in the mood for it since last week when I stayed with my sister in Tennessee. She had all this fresh eggplant from their garden that was just waiting to be turned into something lovely and delicious. Sadly, I didn’t have time… Read more »

  • Soup, Jeans & Tennessee

    So for the past few days I have been hanging out in Franklin, Tennessee with my sister and 1 year old niece.Bought some great new jeans at this really cool store here in Nashville called Imogene+Willie, check it out. Been eating a lot of pimiento cheese, enjoyed some good barbecue and have been cooking a… Read more »

  • If you find yourself in Sausalito…

    Yesterday was another gorgeous fall day here in the SF Bay Area. I really love fall in this area. It is warm and sunny but the light has shifted and the days are shorter. You can see and smell fall in the air and it is a wonderful time to live in or visit the… Read more »

  • Redeemed

    Redeemed!! I have redeemed myself and had sweet satisfaction over the cake that tried to defeat me! I had to wait awhile before attempting it again because twice that cake has had the better of me and I really haven’t been in the mood to be defeated again by sugar, butter & eggs. After my… Read more »

  • Cake Disaster

    I love cake. Mmmmmm…cake. What can be better than the wonderful smells wafting out of the oven while your cake is happily baking away in there. I am usually pretty good at making cakes. In fact no cake big or small has defeated me yet UNTIL the Caramel Cake. It sounds innocent enough. And if… Read more »

  • Roast Pork, Chickpea Ragout and Spicy Greens

    There is a restaurant here in Marin that I just love, it’s called Insalatas and it features Mediterranean inspired food. They have the best salads, and soup and hummus. I love going there for lunch with a book and just having a really delicious Chicken Fatoush salad and some alone time lost in my book…. Read more »

  • Have your cake and eat it too…

    I’m hot tired and grumpy. Skipped dinner tonight. Thought about what I would like to eat and came up with this chocolate cake that Wyatt and I made last february for my mom’s B-day. Sorry for the grumpy post. Here is the cake recipe: Chocolate Cake: 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa… Read more »

  • Oven Fried Chicken and Black-Eyed Peas

    My parents were visiting last week so it was a busy week. I didn’t have time really to update the blog. But I did cook a lot. It also happened to be very very warm here last week. By warm I mean like 100 degrees! It wasn’t really the ideal time to be in a… Read more »

  • Some Quick and Delicious Sides

    Yesterday was Sunday and it was really sunny and warm here for a change. It finally felt like summer so I was motivated to work in the yard all day. It was great but before I knew it the day had flown by and it was dinnertime already. Luckily I had taken a steak and… Read more »