Banana Coconut Bread

  Today was about meeting deadlines, about my internet connection freezing as I attempted to save the full page of text I had just written (I’m normally so “save”-happy, I don’t know what happened today).  It was about having to start over, trying to recapture the words that seemed to flow freely before I lost […]

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

  One can look at it two ways:  I either have a shortage of storage space or, I reluctantly  admit, I have too much stuff.  Well, I have a partner-in-crime but my husband will never admit it.  We’ve been quite the enthusiastic consumers lately and I’m beginning to feel like if I’m not careful, my […]

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fig Butter and Arugula

  We’ve got rain.  Well, a little anyway.  We started out the season ahead of the numbers but Mother Nature rested on her laurels and fell behind.  It’s been such a dry season… So when the wind’s howling announced the rain’s arrival last night, my husband quickly prepared a fire as if to welcome a much-missed […]

Stir-Fried Eggplant with Sambal over Red Rice

  This is the kind of meal that I generally don’t even consider sharing here, not for its lack of merit but because I wonder if you would be interested in it at all.  But somehow when I do share a dish like this that takes mere minutes to put together, you seem to like […]

Noodles with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette (and a Visit to Death Valley)

  We’ve just returned from a quick trip to Death Valley National Park.  At 282 feet below sea level, the park has the distinction of having the lowest elevation on the continent and is also widely known for its extreme weather conditions, scorching in the summer with temperatures in the 120’s (F).  Most Americans stay […]

Ribollita (Rustic Tuscan Soup)

  My husband and I spent the weekend in Carmel last week.  A local artist’s work was showing at a gallery–he was a friend of a friend and we were kindly invited to attend.  We also used the quick getaway as an opportunity to get me back on my bicycle again.  It has been months […]

Seeded Crackers

  If you’ve been coming here for a while you might have noticed that I have a thing for homemade crackers.  It hardly seems worth the trouble to make them when there are countless very good store-bought options.  The best ones command a premium price and they’re a nice treat but at the speed my […]

Rosemary-Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

  My neck of the woods is abuzz with anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday–loyal fans eager to see their 49ers play (win?) in just a couple of days.  I haven’t followed football much since leaving home in my early 20s but I am every bit a fan (my family would disown me otherwise).  I may […]