Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Bread Crumbs

  It all started with a craving for pasta with crab.  I have this recipe in the archives which happens to be one of my favorites but I wanted a fiery component to the dish this time.  In November, when dungeness crab season starts here in the Bay Area, I’ll be able to satisfy this craving. […]

Homemade Spaghetti with Shallots, Sage, Lemons & Anchovies

  I reached a very important cooking milestone this weekend.  I learned to make my very own fresh pasta! I see you snickering.  Big deal, you might say, and now I would tend to agree.  I was just so intimidated by the process.  I purchased my pasta-making equipment over three years ago and have just […]

Caramelized Onion, Feta and Sage Pizza

  I picked up 20 pounds of Walla Walla onions last week–an annual perk from our bank.  This gift comes every year in July but receiving the postcard inviting me to reserve my bags of onions never fails to feel like a huge windfall.  Since the season for this sweeter variety of onions is fleeting […]

Pan Bagnat

  This sandwich almost didn’t happen.  You see, it almost cost me the tip of my finger.  Well, the jury is still out on the last part but at least my doctor said this morning that I wouldn’t need stitches.  This is what I get for underestimating a mandoline.     I wanted perfectly thin, […]

Tapas: Peri Peri Pepper-Almond Dip with Marinated Anchovies

  In the kitchen, I have lately found myself stuck in a box, a Jean in the Box, if you will.  The lid is tightly closed and I wait for someone to turn the crank so I can spring out and be freed from my limited views on dinner.  I have been serving conventional dinner […]

Bucatini with Arugula, Anchovies, and Fried Lemon Zest

  I’ve fallen a bit behind in getting my citrus trees ready for the summer. Normally, I would have given them their first dose of citrus food by now but time seems to be scarce lately.  My kalamansi plant is a few years old and still hasn’t quite taken off.  Evidence suggests that a nocturnal […]


I’ve always loved watching people.  Barring more fun activities, I’m usually happy to sit in a hotel lobby or at an airport terminal imagining the lives of people who flit in and out of view as they go on about their busy lives.  Where are they going?  What are they like?  Are they happy? When […]

Gougéres, Lemons and Anchovies Style

  I had my heart set on an entirely different post for today but the cold, rainy weather stomped on my plans.  Who wants to read about a cold salad, no matter how good it is or how interesting the background story may be (at least in my mind), when it’s wet outside and all […]