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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Artichoke and Green Chile Stuffed Mushrooms

  When it comes to entertaining or get-togethers I’m always most comfortable being in charge of the appetizer, salad or dessert course.  Main dishes are a little trickier for me, especially when I’m responsible for feeding a crowd.  There are a few dishes that I do well but I get nervous around meat.  Fish, steaks, braised […]

Salmon Cakes

  This past summer my husband went to Alaska on a fishing trip with the boys.  It was a week of getting up at the crack of dawn to go out on a boat, hoping that one or, ideally, all of the men in the group would catch something.  This kind of vacation is not […]

Lavash Pizza with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  I have had a serious craving for pizza for months. One would think that a simple craving like this could be satisfied easily considering how widely accessible good pizzas are in my neck of the woods. We visit our neighborhood Italian restaurant at least once a week.  As soon as the hostess greets us […]