Chocolate Waffles with Caramelized Bananas

  I spent a day this past weekend catching up with my family–my parents, my sisters, nieces and nephews.  Typical of most of our family gatherings, the day was centered around food.  The large, round table at the restaurant overflowed with more food than we could eat.  It was always this way growing up–everyone was […]

Caramel Apple Crepes

  Aside from a couple of outings, I’ve been hiding out in my kitchen all weekend.  It’s rained hard the last few days but Mother Nature seemed most furious last night.  The wind blew hard and howled all night, drowning out the cries of my poor cat who had some business to take care of […]

Filipino Torta Meets Italian Frittata

  All my favorite people were under one roof yesterday; we ate, caught up, teased and laughed…a lot.  I haven’t been as diligent about my monthly visits with my family who live two hours away so yesterday was even more special than Thanksgivings past.  The young men and women (my nephews and nieces) who joined […]

Apple, Pecan and Brown Butter Steel Cut Oats

  If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year I hope your stress level isn’t too bad.  Have you managed to beat the crowd and picked up all the items on your grocery list?  Have you been able to cross some of the make-ahead dishes off your list?  This is the second Thanksgiving in 12 years that […]

Banana Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Thank goodness for the three bananas that didn’t make it into the oatmeal bowl this week; these muffins would never have happened otherwise.  Never mind that I was initially disappointed for not being able to come up with something more original for the ripe bananas.  When I sampled one straight out of the […]

Local Spotlight: Pescadero, CA (and Cinnamon French Toast)

  Depending on which direction you’re driving on Highway 1, California’s scenic coastal route, you might avert your gaze from the magnificent vistas long enough to see the sign for Pescadero on your way to Santa Cruz (southbound) or San Francisco (northbound).  But it’s more likely that you would miss the sign that reads “Historic […]

Blueberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

  A pot of tea, orange juice, a basket with mini French baguettes and croissants (plain and chocolate), butter, jam, fruit, a selection of cheeses and some days yogurt, deli meats, bacon and eggs–this is how I’ve started each day for the past three weeks.  Four days ago the baguettes were replaced by heartier grain […]

Banana Nutella Bread

  I meant to share this recipe later in the week.  There are a few more dishes that claim a higher spot on the list–tested, photographed, patiently waiting for their time on this blog.  But it seems a game of musical chairs is being played.  Round and round they go until the music stops and […]