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 Cornish Game Hens with Whiskey-Herb-Citrus Glaze on Polenta

  “You’ve been holding out on us.” I think it was my brother-in-law who said this on a recent visit after he discovered my liquor cabinet.  Full size bottles of rum, brandy, whiskey, vodka and various liqueurs that hardly ever make it in a cocktail because my husband and I lean toward wine for libation. […]

Fennel, Sausage and Tomato Pasta with Rosé

  Want to know a secret?  When I planned to make this dish there was a small part of me that imagined this might end up in the trash, uneaten.  Earlier in the week when I visited the farmers market the fennel bulbs looked so crisp and fresh that I couldn’t resist picking up two […]

Baby Artichoke & Chicken Sausage Pizza

  As promised on my last post, I’m sharing the first of a few recipes inspired by our visit to Pescadero last week.  Besides enjoying the marsh and the beach that day, one other highlight of the visit was being able to take home some local food and produce.  When I picked up lunch at […]

Chicken with Pineapple-Mango-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  How would you describe your perfect day?  I imagine your answer, like mine, would vary depending on mood, circumstance or even the season.  Because of the frenetic pace that life has been going lately I’ve found myself, more than a few times, wishing I were on a beach somewhere far away.  Then the tragic […]

Thai-Style Baked Turkey Patties with Cabbage Slaw

  It was a weekend of heavy dinners for me.  I seem to have made up for the (self-imposed) absence of beef in my diet at home by having steak with my girlfriends Friday night and a burger with other friends Saturday night.  By the time Sunday rolled around I was ready for something a […]

Roasted Chicken Breasts with White Beans and Spinach

    When my husband and I escaped to Napa Valley one weekend in December one of the more memorable dishes, surprisingly, was a wood oven roasted chicken served with cannellini beans.  How boring, you might say, and I would tend to agree.  I always consider the obligatory chicken dish on most menus the last […]

Stir-Fried Bitter Melon with Chicken and Black Beans

  For my first meal of the new year I ate a bowl of apples with low-sugar granola and nonfat, plain yogurt.  It was a healthy start, I thought, and it was my breakfast of choice while on vacation but I followed that with a cheeseburger for lunch.  I was at the beach–I started each […]