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 […]

Arugula Salad with Apricot-Mint Vinaigrette

  Time flies when you’re having fun… …and also when you’re just plain busy.  Where have the days gone?  There’s been greater demand for my time at work recently, leaving not much motivation to work on a blog post in the evening.  I’ve been squeezing in the bike rides and runs, too, so blogging has […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

  There was a time when I turned my nose up at tomato soup.  To me it was no more than watered down tomato sauce disguised as soup–not the least bit appealing. I felt the same about tomato juice. V8? I’ll pass.  I don’t recall when the turning point was, when I decided that a […]

French-Style Spareribs

  The oak trees in our yard are quickly shedding their leaves to prepare for the coming winter.  In contrast, Pilot, my normally petite cat is just a bit bigger as he’s now holding on to his fur (and hopefully appears more formidable in the eyes of the field mice).  The resident Great Horned owls […]

Rosemary-Parmesan Crackers

As I type, there is a quintet of kitchen pots doing double duty as drip catchers in my family room.  I wouldn’t mind so much a drip…drip…drip, a slow harmony but last night’s rain has produced a fast, furious drum beat, a constant downpour in my home.  My husband has just discovered that the roofers […]

Farfalle with Sweet Chicken Sausage, Sage and Roasted Tomatoes

  One of my favorite things about Spring is that it means the start of the tomato-growing season.  I haven’t always been a gardener–in fact, my gardening repertoire is currently limited to growing tomatoes, herbs and peppers.  I plan to change this soon; my husband and I have been researching greenhouses to see if owning […]

Spaghetti with Tuna, Anchovies and Crispy Sage

  Whenever I have a craving for comfort food, it would be safe to assume that either rice or pasta will be involved.  Rice is a necessary accompaniment to the dishes of my childhood; it goes with everything from chicken stew and sautéed vegetables to marinated meats like tocino and tapa.  Characterizing pasta as comfort […]