Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

While packing for our trip to Hawaii in early January, I caught my husband with a puzzled look on his face as I threw a few miso soup packets into my suitcase. “You’re taking soup with you to Hawaii?” he asked. “Of course.” I replied. As if packing soup for a trip to a tropical island were […]

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I still haven’t received my assignment for the Thanksgiving Day meal. For years I played host, focusing on the turkey and other savory dishes while my family took charge of dessert and other sides to round out the Thanksgiving feast. There’s been a shift in recent years; the hosting […]

Apple Coffee Cake

  The last time I checked in it was July, the middle of summer, hot.  I took the rest of summer off from blogging for my wedding anniversary and a three-week trip to Europe.  My husband and I returned for the fourth time to St. Jean Cap Ferrat with stops in Paris, Brussels, Bruges and London. […]

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 […]

Watermelon Feta Salad

After two failed attempts, I’ve decided to give up. Who fails at grilling something as simple as fish? Grilled fresh fish is one of my favorite summertime, beachside eats, particularly small, fresh, whole fish like sardines.  I’ve had them many times while on vacation and when I saw them available at the fish counter yesterday I was excited to […]

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

  My husband and I stole away to Santa Fe, New Mexico last week for a few days.  Since retiring at the beginning of the year we have talked about several little getaways we’d planned to take but none of them ever progressed beyond this stage.  Family obligations and tax season came and went; when we […]

Caesar Salad with Grilled Romaine

  Are those sighs of relief I’m hearing from some of you who are happy to see a non-sourdough recipe for a change?  There may be a few more on the horizon–especially my how-to for establishing my now six-week old rye starter–but it’s time to switch things up a little. Besides the weekly bread I’ve […]

Smoked Salmon Chowder

  It’s that time of the year in my neck of the woods when spring displays its eagerness to kick winter to the curb by giving us signs of what’s to come.  This means that it is perfectly normal here in the Bay Area to see locals in flip flops and shorts one day only to be back […]