Citrus-Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have decided that I will not be growing tomatoes again this year.  I never got around to planning for an enclosure that would protect the tomato plants from the resident deer.  The population seems to grow each year and somehow our yard has been chosen as the place to put down roots.  If […]

Homemade Almond Butter (and a Visit to Palm Springs, CA)

  My husband and I packed our bags for another short trip; this time our destination was Palm Springs.  Is it just me or has the city seen a revival since my last visit seven years ago?  Even on a Wednesday, Palm Canyon Drive was bustling with activity.  It was nice to see the palm […]

Chocolate Almond Torte with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

  My husband celebrated his birthday this past weekend.  In keeping with tradition, we spent it quietly–no party, no other people; we didn’t even spend the day at the beach, his usual preference.  Instead, we spent most of the day at home, enjoyed being free from obligations and allowed me time to make a little […]

Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds

  As a bachelor, my husband’s go-to meal was tacos.  Filled with simple ingredients like gruyere cheese, rice and/or beans, sprouts, mushrooms and avocado, it was an easy meal he prepared and prepared quite often.  Evening telephone conversations while we were dating would inevitably lead to a question about dinner (well, I did the asking) […]

Coconut-Almond Torte

  When work makes no demands on my time, Thursdays end up being my free days.  Not free in the sense that I have no responsibilities.  Rather, they are spent on chores that have accumulated during the week, exercise that has been neglected and of course, cooking.  But my time is my own and I […]

Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio-Almond Biscotti – A Guest Post for Kitchen Confidante

  When you are invited to celebrate Friendsgiving by a blogger whose work is a constant inspiration, there is only one reply: a resounding yes.  After all, one of the greatest benefits of having started Lemons and Anchovies is the amount of friends I have made who share my love for food.  Liren of Kitchen […]

Strawberry-Frangipane Tart

  As early/mid April to late June is the peak harvest time for strawberries here in northern California, the fruits–which are actually a member of the rose family–abound.  Strawberries belong to the Rosaceae family, as do apples, pears, quinces, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, blackberries and raspberries.  I’m not certain how accurate this is but the […]