Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears

  My bedroom in my childhood San Francisco home was situated in front of the house.  My middle sister and I shared an adjoining bathroom while my youngest sister’s bedroom was on the opposite end, next to my parents’ bedroom.  It was not uncommon when I was in junior high school to see kids sitting […]

Cherry-Almond Cake

  I parked myself on a bistro table and enjoyed a leisurely lunch of a salad, a baguette and an iced tea.  I was so happy to be seated outside the European bakery in Santana Row on a gorgeous sunny day like today as I toggled my attention between my Kindle and the people walking […]

Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have decided that I will not be growing tomatoes again this year.  I never got around to planning for an enclosure that would protect the tomato plants from the resident deer.  The population seems to grow each year and somehow our yard has been chosen as the place to put down roots.  If […]

Chocolate Pound Cake

  A few years ago I discovered my neighborhood used book store.  It’s a not-so-tiny-but-still-cozy place with a steady stream of previously-loved books flowing in.  I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that it would be a wonderful source for old cookbooks–maybe I feared that I’d hurt the nice UPS man’s […]

Chocolate Almond Torte with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

  My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend.  In keeping with tradition, we spent it quietly–no party, no other people; we didn’t even spend the day at the beach, his usual preference.  Instead, we spent most of the day at home, enjoyed being free from obligations and allowed me time to make a little […]

Cinnamon Apple Cake

  It’s been a little quiet around here but I promise, my normal blogging schedule will resume soon.  I’ve been busy–walking, eating, sightseeing; in short, delighting my senses away from home.  I am looking forward to sharing the highlights with you when I return but if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook (links on […]

Blueberry Banana Buckle

  My old refrigerator retired this weekend.  After 15 years of great service we decided that it was time to replace it with a newer, better model.  Though the new refrigerator is much like the old one in both look and features, I was excited at the prospect of having a new toy in the […]

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

    I was a few days into my South America trip when I decided to check my work email and found this message:  “Jean, we saved a piece of lemon cake for you in the freezer.  You’ll really like it.”  Knowing my penchant for all things lemony, my office friends thoughtfully set aside a […]