Blueberry Chocolate Oat Cookies

  Google never fails to burst my bubble whenever I think I’ve come up with an original idea.  It’s happened a few times before and not just with food.  As a new cyclist 15 years ago, thinking it cumbersome to have to reach for my water bottle on the rack on my bike each time I wanted a […]

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

  My husband and I stole away to Santa Fe, New Mexico last week for a few days.  Since retiring at the beginning of the year we have talked about several little getaways we’d planned to take but none of them ever progressed beyond this stage.  Family obligations and tax season came and went; when we […]

Caesar Salad with Grilled Romaine

  Are those sighs of relief I’m hearing from some of you who are happy to see a non-sourdough recipe for a change?  There may be a few more on the horizon–especially my how-to for establishing my now six-week old rye starter–but it’s time to switch things up a little. Besides the weekly bread I’ve […]

Sourdough Spelt Sandwich Bread

  “That’s my jam!” You might know the expression if you’re of my generation.  I’d heard it mostly in 70s films, people referring to a tune they liked as being their “jam”.  Lately, I’ve seen it used with reference to food.  I was too young in the 70s to understand this expression. And these days I’m […]

Sourdough Scones with Coconut and Chocolate

  Are you beginning to see a pattern in some of my recent recipes?  Sourdough rules in my kitchen lately.  All that trouble I had getting it established.  Now it’s doing so well I can’t seem to hurt it–not that I’m trying to–even after sitting on the counter all day waiting to be fed, after it’s […]

Smoked Salmon Chowder

  It’s that time of the year in my neck of the woods when spring displays its eagerness to kick winter to the curb by giving us signs of what’s to come.  This means that it is perfectly normal here in the Bay Area to see locals in flip flops and shorts one day only to be back […]

Sourdough Coffee Cake

  “It shouldn’t be so hard,” he said.  “My aunts never had any problems with theirs.” My husband was referring to my four (or was it five?) previous failed attempts at establishing a sourdough starter.  As a child, he had observed the female members of his family effortlessly maintain their sourdough starters, even taking a jar on camping […]

Sweet Potato Scallion Biscuits

  Is there a better phrase to use that neither sounds as casual as “I quit my job” nor as momentous as “I retired” for when one has stopped working? These two options just don’t seem appropriate for me, though technically, they’re both correct.  What started out as a temporary stint at my husband’s company (as in […]