Beef Mechado, Filipino Beef Stew

“Tè?!” she asked, not hiding the disapproval in her voice. My husband and I were on the island of Lipari, one of the Aeolian islands above Sicily. It was the height of summer, the warm Mediterranean water was just a few steps away. In the middle of the afternoon I ordered hot tea. Even the […]

Ahi (Tuna) Poke Bowl

I hear Mother Nature has been giving everyone at home a taste of spring lately. Warm weather and not a drop of rain. Well, in case my neighbors are wondering where the rain clouds have been hanging out they passed through Maui a few days ago. We’ve had two heavy (though brief) downpours over the […]

Salmon Cakes

  This past summer my husband went to Alaska on a fishing trip with the boys.  It was a week of getting up at the crack of dawn to go out on a boat, hoping that one or, ideally, all of the men in the group would catch something.  This kind of vacation is not […]

Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Salad

  I always say I won’t talk about the weather on this blog but it’s hard to avoid when you live in California.  We’ve had such an extended dry season that, finally, the arrival of some rain has the entire state breathing a sigh of relief. Unless you’re my husband.  The discussions have gone something […]

Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese with Dungeness Crab

  We stood at the kitchen counter, hands dirty, taking turns with the only seafood cracker in the house (why haven’t I ever bought more?) to free the fresh, sweet morsels of meat from the crab legs and, instead of collecting that meat on a plate, we immediately popped them in our mouths.  It was a […]

Fideuà

  Even with my relaxed goal of sharing one recipe a week, I’ve fallen behind schedule. Over the last month, my husband has suffered a fractured ankle, my brother in law was hospitalized and my sister and I each had a medical scare arising out of bodily lumps and bumps that makes you wonder if […]

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Bread Crumbs

  It all started with a craving for pasta with crab.  I have this recipe in the archives which happens to be one of my favorites but I wanted a fiery component to the dish this time.  In November, when dungeness crab season starts here in the Bay Area, I’ll be able to satisfy this craving. […]

Stir-Fried Sausage, Chickpeas and Red Rice

  You don’t realize how much you miss something until you remove it from your life.  In my case, I’ve decided to eliminate (or limit my consumption of) caffeine, chips, wine and sweets, at least for now.  We have a generally healthy diet around here but I do like a salty snack fix once in […]