Soupa Avgolemono (Greek Egg-Lemon Soup)

  For my birthday a few days ago my husband and I spent the day in Carmel, an annual tradition.  It was a beautiful summer-like day on the beach–in the middle of December.  I donned warm layers preparing for a chilly day only to shed them as we walked the mile-long stretch of Carmel State […]

Vanilla Lemon Swirl Bars

  During a quick visit to Anthropologie last week I picked up a cookbook dedicated to vanilla recipes.  Of the two camps, vanilla and chocolate, I have always been loyal to the latter but lately I’ve found myself craving vanilla flavors.  I believe that part of my aversion to vanilla as a child  was because […]

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal Muffins (Low-Fat)

  There has been a shortage of citrus posts here lately and I promise it hasn’t been intentional.  My Meyer lemon tree has generously provided for me again this year but it feels like I’ve been out of town more than home on weekends lately.  This is not a complaint; my husband and I decided […]

Dungeness Crab Pasta with Wine, Fried Meyer Lemon Slices and Fried Capers

  “You cooked all day.” This wasn’t exactly accurate but my husband wasn’t far from the truth either.  When he left for his two-hour bike ride Saturday morning I was in the kitchen kneading dough for pasta…again (I’m obsessed with fresh pasta these days).  He returned to find me still in the kitchen, this time […]

Lemon Cookies (and Snapshots from Maui)

    As promised, here are some pictures of Maui taken from my phone.  My vacation is drawing to a close and I’m trying to eke out as much enjoyment out of each day as I can.  Parting with the fine sand and warm ocean water will be hard and I’ve tried to make the […]

Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet

  There is one part of me that feels a sorbet post is a bit premature–spring has not officially arrived yet, after all.  Early morning and evening breezes still have a crispness to them, not quite eliminating the need to carry a scarf everywhere I go.  My car is littered with them for daytime temperatures […]

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 […]

Ligurian Lemon Cake with Meringue Topping

  The overall success of this simple cake is but a tiny consolation for one low point the previous night.  It was shaping up to be a fun evening.  We were guests in our friends’ home, enjoying wine with appetizers and anticipating a delicious meal based on the aromas coming from the kitchen.  The evening’s […]