Artichoke and Green Chile Stuffed Mushrooms

Artichoke and Green Chile Stuffed Mushrooms

  When it comes to entertaining or get-togethers I’m always most comfortable being in charge of the appetizer, salad or dessert course.  Main dishes are a little trickier for me, especially when I’m responsible for feeding a crowd.  There are a few dishes that I do well but I get nervous around meat.  Fish, steaks, braised […]

Pumpkin Cheese Bread

Pumpkin Cheese Bread

  My town is a maze of jogging trails, linking each part of the neighborhood to the others.  It’s one of the things I love about living here; I’m only a short drive from San Francisco but here it feels like living in the country.  A fellow local might correct me by saying that the trails are actually […]

Lavash Pizza with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Lavash Pizza with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  I have had a serious craving for pizza for months. One would think that a simple craving like this could be satisfied easily considering how widely accessible good pizzas are in my neck of the woods. We visit our neighborhood Italian restaurant at least once a week.  As soon as the hostess greets us […]

Fennel, Sausage and Tomato Pasta with Rosé

Fennel, Sausage and Tomato Pasta with Rosé @lemonsanchovies

  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 […]

Sautéed Baby Artichokes

Baby Artichokes | Lemons & Anchovies Blog

  Fueled by a burst of summertime energy, I’ve been feeling quite productive at home and work and was looking forward to clearing many more items from my to-do list this week.  But plans changed abruptly Saturday morning and I have to say that it was for the better.     We decided to join […]

Artichoke, Cheddar, Chipotle Spread

Artichoke, Cheddar, Chipotle Spread | @lemonsanchovies

  Nature called during the night sometime last week.  It’s not surprising considering I usually drink a full glass of milk or seltzer water before bed, you know, to wash down that little piece (or two) of chocolate that I just have to have .  I got up, reluctant to hit the pause button on […]

Asparagus-Salmon Fried Rice

Pescadero April 2013-7

  If you read one of my recent posts about wishing for a simpler life, these pictures would illustrate perfectly what I envision doing were I to drop everything and move to the rural coast.  It had been a couple of months since my last visit to Pescadero so I tagged along with my husband when […]

Stir-Fried String Beans

Stir-Fried String Beans (Chinese Long Beans) |

  On busy weeknights when I want dinner on the table in less than half an hour, vegetable stir-fries become the default meal.  Brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggplants and asparagus are the usual choices but I’ve added a new vegetable to rotation recently–string beans (also known as Chinese long beans).  They are not exactly new to […]