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

  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. […]

Braised Pork Belly

  This season of healthy eating lasted, oh, about 5 minutes?  I finally got around to buying a slab of pork belly (I’ve eaten it but have never cooked with it) so I could roast it and make some pork buns Momofuku-style.  There’s a noodle shop in Maui that serves them (in fact, a lot […]

Slow Cooker Pork and Beans

  It’s been over two years since my slow cooker has seen the light of day and you might be laughing at me now for waiting until the middle of spring to use it again.  Most cooks would be putting theirs away for the season.  A storm passed through the San Francisco bay area last […]

Pasta alla Carbonara

  The summer before my freshman year in high school, my family moved out of San Francisco and to a neighboring town a few miles away. This meant that I spent my first year in a new school trying to find my place in a sea of new faces.  I was extremely shy which severely […]

Spicy Pork Stew

  I will spare you the twaddle tonight.  It is quite late in the evening, my eyelids are getting heavy and all I want is my bed.  Sleep has been elusive these last few days but I may finally have a chance at a good night’s rest tonight. It has been a busy last couple […]

Carnitas Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa and A Blogger’s Confessions

I do have a recipe to share with you today but before I get to it, I wanted an opportunity to unload a thought or two about my blogging experience these last (almost) two years.  Will I offer any useful information? Maybe…but this is a confessional. I have always suspected that I have a mildly […]

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 […]

Porcini, Cremini and Barley Soup

  My pantry is in desperate need of reorganizing.  I don’t even know all I have in it. Most likely I either have too much of what I’m trying to phase out or I’m low on my true staples.  I shouldn’t even be sharing this with you–how embarrassing.