Greek Salad

Well Mother Nature was apparently just teasing us about the arrival of spring.  The few sunny days we’ve lately enjoyed have been bullied away by the persistent cold and rain.  While the rainfall this season has provided great relief from the previously dry winters, I’ve also missed my friend, the Sun.  I think this is […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

A simple, hearty bowl of chicken soup was the order of the day after a flu virus attacked my unfortunate husband this weekend.  He’s better now, thankfully, and the soup gets all the credit for helping to banish the nasty virus.  Magic Soup, it’s called at Recipezaar, and so it is. The original recipe calls […]

Popcorn Topper: Brewer’s Yeast

I was never much of a plain popcorn fan.  I always thought it was such a waste of chewing effort to eat something so flavorless.  Shocking, I know, since most people (including my husband) could live on the stuff.  This all changed when he introduced me to brewer’s yeast (aka nutritional yeast). Always late to […]

Italian Salsa Verde

In terms of preparation, think pesto sans the basil and cheese.  It’s very easy and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. According to Marcella Hazan in Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, this is typically prepared as an accompaniment to bolito misto (boiled meats), but in the few years that I’ve […]

Salt-Baked Fish

  The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (After Sicily), Sardinia is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  The land, the people, the food–all will grab your heart and call you to return again and again.  Outside of Costa Smeralda where the rich and famous moor their yachts and swim in […]

Olive Tapenade as a Dip

There’s a restaurant in Sacramento–Piatti Ristorante and Bar–which my friends and I frequented years ago.  One of the things I always loved about the place was the dipping sauce they served with the bread at the beginning of each meal.  Years after I left Sacramento and started to learn how to cook, I tried to […]

Spaghetti with Anchovies

For my inaugural recipe post, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce a recipe highlighting the two ingredients that prompted the name of my blog.  Folks, I think I use lemons on almost everything and I’m lucky enough to have a thriving meyer lemon tree in my backyard.  As for the anchovies, well, you […]

Hello world!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’m really looking forward to sharing with you my kitchen adventures.  And in honor of St. Paddy’s Day, let me share with you a snapshot capturing my first taste of, what else, Guiness.  In Dublin, no less.  Cheers!