Skillet Banana Bread, Cornbread Style

My husband and I have been home for a few days from our visit to Maui. It was a last-minute vacation that had us hopping on a plane just a few days after booking our tickets. The trip was Plan B to a grand winter getaway to some never-been exotic places that will have to […]

Ahi (Tuna) Poke Bowl

I hear Mother Nature has been giving everyone at home a taste of spring lately. Warm weather and not a drop of rain. Well, in case my neighbors are wondering where the rain clouds have been hanging out they passed through Maui a few days ago. We’ve had two heavy (though brief) downpours over the […]

Savory Cheese-Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Jam

My husband picked up one of these cookies from the cooling rack and took a bite. I was sitting in the other room and knew before I saw his face crinkle in surprise and disapproval that he hadn’t paid attention when I told him earlier that these were savory cookies and not the type he […]

Homemade Squid Ink Pasta with Bottarga

You’ll never see a more forlorn, lost little boy than my husband on a rainy day. Being stuck indoors is the ultimate punishment for my outdoorsman who’s normally out of the house and on his bike by 8:00 am most days. Me? I love being active outdoors, too. In fact, after a four-year cycling hiatus, […]

Savory Sourdough Waffles

Most bakers who maintain a sourdough starter have their go-to recipes for the discard–the leftover starter that gets tossed in the trash after a small amount has been set aside for future bakes. Crackers, pancakes, waffles and breadsticks are the most popular uses for what others say is “spent fuel” (the microorganisms have already consumed […]

Sourdough Bread, Ken Forkish Method

I know, I know. You probably don’t need another bread recipe. Not even one for sourdough. Not even if I tell you that this bread tastes better than my favorite artisan loaf from the market. And certainly you wouldn’t want it from someone who has not yet mastered the art of bread baking. We all […]

Sourdough Focaccia

Well, hello. It’s been a while. One year to be exact. I started out trying to explain my absence–a broken foot the day after my last post here, a succulent addiction that has taken me out of the kitchen and into the garden, a bit of traveling, a shortage of inspiration, too, if I may […]

Cracked Wheat Salad

  The woman behind the deli counter watched me patiently as I scanned my options for lunch.  There were the usual offerings–various salads, several proteins and other pre-cooked dishes. Over the years, I’d tried almost all of the salads at my neighborhood market but I would always opt out of one, an orange-colored, grain-based salad that sits next to the tabouleh. Early […]