Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese with Dungeness Crab

Cauliflower Mac-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 […]



  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 […]

Quinoa and Black Bean Stir-Fry

Quinoa and Black Bean Stir-Fry

  Raise your hand if you buy quinoa in bulk and still can’t seem to keep up with demand.  Rice is falling out of favor as one of our primary starches (pasta still rules) as quinoa slowly takes its place. Quinoa hasn’t missed a beat fitting in my weekly menu.  In our family of two, fish, roasted vegetables, salads, […]

Fresh Tagliatelle with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Four Mushrooms

Fresh Tagliatelle with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Four Mushrooms

    My Sunday routine is set.  After church service I do my food shopping for the week’s staples:  fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, snacks, my ever-essential avocados.  Though I don’t create a weekly meal plan I generally have a menu in mind and shop accordingly.  The mid-week trips to the market are  to supplement the […]

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Bread Crumbs

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. […]

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles @lemonsanchovies

  What is it about noodles (or pasta) that is so satisfying?  That the thought of it immediately makes you hungry and even when your stomach warns, I’m getting full, you continue to eat anyway? Maybe I should only speak for myself?  I’ll happily eat noodles or pasta for days, especially if I prepare the dishes […]

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. […]

Homemade Spinach Pasta with Basil-Parsley-Cashew Pesto

Spinach Pasta with Basil-Parsley-Cashew Pesto @lemonsanchovies

  I attempted to keep a secret from my husband this past week…and failed.  It’s not my  modus operandi but I wanted to preserve my reputation as a decent homemaker.  In a moment of laziness last weekend I dumped leftover vegetable soup down the disposal, about 2 cups worth–a big no no around here.  We […]