Strawberry-Almond Olive Oil Cake

Strawberry Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have several bags of clothes and shoes sitting by my front door waiting to be donated, and counting.  Still a few more drawers wait to be inspected and edited.  Then I will be done with spring cleaning…and with not much more of spring left to spare.  I’ve been cleaning out cabinets all over my house […]

Blueberry Chocolate Oat Cookies

Blueberry Chocolate Oat Cookies

  Google never fails to burst my bubble whenever I think I’ve come up with an original idea.  It’s happened a few times before and not just with food.  As a new cyclist 15 years ago, thinking it cumbersome to have to reach for my water bottle on the rack on my bike each time I wanted a […]

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

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 […]

Danish Apple Cake

Danish Apple Cake

  “You have the craziest dreams,” he says.  ” I wish I could dream like that.” My husband says this with almost a note of envy in his voice.  To be honest, I don’t think my dreams are particularly different than others’ dreams.  My personal favorites are the ones when I can fly.  Those where I’m […]

Pork Chops, Fregola Sarda with Persimmon & Mint and Sautéed Dandelion Greens

Pork Chop and Fregola Pasta with Persimmon and Mint @lemonsanchovies

  One of the things my husband and I like to do during the week (read:  to avoid crowds) is to visit the San Francisco museums for their current exhibits.  Over the last couple of months we’ve been to the de Young twice:  first to see the Bulgari jewelry exhibit and more recently, David Hockney. […]

Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears

Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears @lemonsanchovies

  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 […]

Cantaloupe Popsicles

Cantaloupe Popsicles |

  After a few unusually wet days here in northern California summer has returned.  You’ve heard me blah, blah, blah about what a dry winter season we had this year so I won’t drone on.  I will say, though, that I didn’t mind the dampness and overcast skies at all.  I made a big pot […]

Fig Bars

Fig Bars |

    Nabisco’s Fig Newtons were my introduction to figs.  They were my favorite sweet treat from the grocery store as a child and I could easily eat half the package in one sitting; the other half wouldn’t last long after.  I don’t remember my sisters ever being as fond of them as I was […]