Sautéed Fresh Cranberry Beans with Sage and Garlic

  Do you ever get stuck in a cooking rut where you go through a phase cooking the same dishes week in, week out?  Or are you the perpetually adventurous type, always trying out a new recipe? During busy weeks I mindlessly speed shop through the market and walk out with the same staple items […]

Slow Cooker Pork and Beans

  It’s been over two years since my slow cooker has seen the light of day and you might be laughing at me now for waiting until the middle of spring to use it again.  Most cooks would be putting theirs away for the season.  A storm passed through the San Francisco bay area last […]

White Turkey Chili

  Standing over the stove, I picked up my wooden spoon for a tiny sample.  Pleasantly surprised by what I tasted, I put the spoon down, replaced the lid on the pot and walked away.  Two minutes later I found myself back in front of the stove.  Maybe it needs more spices, I reasoned.  I […]

Curried Lentil Soup

It has been a dry, dry winter.  All around me are parched brown hills that are normally verdant this time of year.  This has not escaped my husband’s notice either.  He keeps a close eye on precipitation totals every winter as we rely on spring-fed water tanks to support a small parcel in a semi-rural […]

White Bean Dip

We are left with only a few days before we ring in the new year.  Was it a good year for you or is it one better left behind?  Good or bad, what’s great about opening up that first page of the calendar is that it is a marker for new beginnings.  On the health/lifestyle […]

Slow-Cooked Heirloom Beans

  With responsibilities to cook for my own family now (even if it is only a two-member household), I can better sympathize with my mother’s occasional pleas to help her put together a weekly menu when I was growing up.  I remember her stating sometimes that she didn’t know what to cook anymore, would we […]

Sunday Lunch: Spinach and White Bean Soup

  I’m considering starting a series for my blog.  I’ve been toying with the idea of sharing more of my quick and easy pantry dishes–tried and true meals–or something entirely different in which I commit to trying a new recipe from each of my cookbooks.  Because I’ll admit, I may be addicted to buying them […]