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 […]

Chinese Chili Sauce

  It is an ongoing joke in my family how out of control my father can be when it comes to picking up unusual items at the Asian market (oddly-flavored drinks, chips, crackers, condiments).  Where my mother will come home bearing only the items she put on her list when shopping alone, excursions with my […]

Penne with Chicken and Pistachio Pesto

  What fun thing did you do this St. Patrick’s Day weekend?  Here in the Bay Area we were blessed with gorgeous weather.  Though I grew up in San Francisco (and have seen the view countless times) I still couldn’t help but smile as I drew closer to the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday, especially since […]

Pan-Fried Trout, White Bean Purée, Wilted Spinach and Baby Squash

  It is 4:30 am and I have been up for hours.  I had my morning cup of tea shortly after 3 am and as I type now the washer and dryer are running, my to-do list has been updated and I’m eating a bowl of chicken adobo and rice with a glass of orange […]

Taste of South America, Part 1: Buenos Aires

  Jet lag is partly to blame.  During my first few hours walking around the Recoleta barrio (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires, I kept thinking I was in Europe.  Along Avenida Alvear, I may as well have been.  The Recoleta is at the heart of the French Heritage district where much of the architecture was modeled […]

Tagliatelle in Rich Mushroom Sauce

One of the things I appreciate about my childhood is the freedom my parents gave me to be adventurous in restaurants.  They were always of the mind that if my sisters and I were curious to try something from a menu, we should.  It allowed me, in a small way, to make my own food […]

High Desert Crab Cakes with Avocado Relish, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Lemon Aioli

  When May comes around each year, there’s only one thing on my husband’s mind: Camping.  By this time, most of the snow would have melted from the higher elevations and average daytime temperatures are in the mid-70ºF range.  I had never gone camping until my husband took me for the first time over 10 […]

Baked Orecchiette w/ Pancetta: My Version of Mac-n-Cheese

  Have you ever had Kraft Macaroni & Cheese? I would hazard a guess that (if you grew up in the U.S.) your answer would be yes, mine included.  However, my introduction to the famous blue box came much later, during college.  I didn’t appreciate it then but my mother, aside from the occasional pizza delivery or […]