Smoked Salmon Chowder

Smoked Salmon Chowder

  It’s that time of the year in my neck of the woods when spring displays its eagerness to kick winter to the curb by giving us signs of what’s to come.  This means that it is perfectly normal here in the Bay Area to see locals in flip flops and shorts one day only to be back […]

Salmon Cakes

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 […]

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 […]

Crab, Asparagus and Avocado Omelet (and Snapshots from Maui)

Maui 2013

  My husband and I walked back from the north end of Ka’anapali Beach, football and towel in hand, a little spent since we jogged the length of the beach and followed that with a game of catch and lots of swimming after that.  If anyone followed us closely enough they might have heard the […]

Crab & Arugula Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

Crab & Arugula Salad with Avocado-Lime Vinaigrette |

  I can’t remember ever craving crab.  I’ve eaten it all my life.  I even remember eating talangka (ta-lang-kah), tiny shore crab–whose bodies don’t get much bigger than a silver dollar–during my short time in the Philippines.  If I remember correctly, they’re prized not for their meat but for their fat.  Crab fat is a […]

Spaghetti with Clams and Mussels

Pasta with Clams and Mussels | Lemons & Anchovies blog

  The pendulum has been swinging between spring and summer in our neck of the woods.  With no air-conditioning in our half-century old house and temperatures rising last week, I had to pull our very old electric fan out of storage.  This is a fan from my husband’s childhood, a contemporary of our home.  Rather […]

Dungeness Crab Pasta with Wine, Fried Meyer Lemon Slices and Fried Capers

Dungeness Crab Pasta with Fried Meyer Lemon Slices and Fried Capers-3

  “You cooked all day.” This wasn’t exactly accurate but my husband wasn’t far from the truth either.  When he left for his two-hour bike ride Saturday morning I was in the kitchen kneading dough for pasta…again (I’m obsessed with fresh pasta these days).  He returned to find me still in the kitchen, this time […]