Beef Mechado, Filipino Beef Stew

“Tè?!” she asked, not hiding the disapproval in her voice. My husband and I were on the island of Lipari, one of the Aeolian islands above Sicily. It was the height of summer, the warm Mediterranean water was just a few steps away. In the middle of the afternoon I ordered hot tea. Even the […]

Gluten Free Lemon-Almond Olive Oil Cake

On the day that one of my friends was hosting a Sunday brunch I got up at six a.m. hoping that the early start would provide ample time to scour the web for inspiration and ideas for a recipe, bake and be out the door by 10 a.m. It had been a busy five days […]

Asparagus Potato Puff Pastry Tart

I’m tempted to just leave this here and make a hasty retreat into the shadows. I’ve been hanging on to this recipe for a week, initially excited about sharing it. Then I looked at these pictures and noticed how stingy I was with the asparagus and I just groaned in disappointment (it wasn’t intentional; I […]

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Dip

  When I took my first bite of the bread dipped in the warm, red sauce my first thought was that the portion served in the tiny condiment bowl would nowhere near be enough. The next thought was yay for my husband holding back on the pre-dinner bread so there would be more for me. […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (Torta di Nocciole)

My husband and I stole away to Scottsdale last week. We rendezvoused with our dear friends from Chicago for some much-awaited catch-up time and managed to escape the weeklong downpour here in the Bay Area as a bonus. After what has felt  like an exceptionally long winter lighter attire and sandals were a welcome change […]

Gouda-Dill Gougères with Smoked Salmon

One would think that a teeny tiny patch of daffodils in a sea of towering oaks and showy succulents would be lost in my garden but this is not the case at all. Right about the time I start feeling like winter has overstayed its welcome those daffodils spring up, each year an unbroken promise […]

Filipino Pancit Canton (and How to Velvet Chicken)

Recalling a lunch room conversation with an office mate nearly twenty five years ago I’m reminded of how desperately ignorant I was about cooking then. I was in my first real job out of college, still living at home enjoying my mother’s cooking. It would be another year or two before I leave the nest […]

Umami-Packed Edamame

  An old friend paid us a visit recently and as all conversations go around here, the subject eventually turned to food. “You have to go to Kemuri in Redwood City,” he said. “Better yet, I’ll take you there.” Our friend, Jack, may have added that last bit knowing our penchant for the familiar–my husband […]