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 […]

Smoked Trout Dip

  The story behind my obsession with smoked trout dip is here, where I first tried to recreate a Sun Valley grocery store specialty after falling in love with it a few years ago.  The main difference is that my first attempt was made with smoked salmon, an alternative I resorted to as I couldn’t […]

Prawns on Crisp Polenta Rounds and Sun-Dried Tomato Dipping Sauce

  My husband and I have been enjoying the warmth of the Hawaiian tropics for the last few days.  It’s certainly been a welcome escape from all the rain we left at home.  This is the second Christmas we’ve spent outside of California–one can hardly complain about being in paradise–but it does feel different to […]

Crab and Shrimp Dip

  One of my favorite appetizers as a child was my mother’s crab mousse, one she always turned out expertly onto a plate from one of her copper-lined molds.  She used gelatin to set the mousse’s shape and its elegant appearance belied the use of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup which was the foundation of […]

Coconut Curry Mussels

  This week promises to be a busy one.  I’m gearing up for a giveaway that I am excited to share with you and I will also finally be able to announce the details of a fun event that I was invited to participate in.  For now, I will share with you this simple recipe […]

Fusion Food: Calamari with Curried Slaw

  I’m curious–do you remember the time or the dish that led you to the beginning of your culinary journey?  Or were you fortunate enough to be exposed to the diversity of taste at a young age? We have friends who are well-traveled and as such, their children are far more sophisticated and well-socialized than […]

Tuna Tartare (and a Foodie Get-Together)

  What do you do when you have two fabulous foodies coming over with their families to dine with you?  Lisa of Authentic Suburban Gourmet and Liren of Kitchen Confidante did just that this past weekend.  They are two of the many friends I’ve been lucky enough to make out of this hobby called food […]