Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Bread Crumbs

  It all started with a craving for pasta with crab.  I have this recipe in the archives which happens to be one of my favorites but I wanted a fiery component to the dish this time.  In November, when dungeness crab season starts here in the Bay Area, I’ll be able to satisfy this craving. […]

Stir-Fried Sausage, Chickpeas and Red Rice

  You don’t realize how much you miss something until you remove it from your life.  In my case, I’ve decided to eliminate (or limit my consumption of) caffeine, chips, wine and sweets, at least for now.  We have a generally healthy diet around here but I do like a salty snack fix once in […]

Stir-Fried Noodles with Kale and Cabbage

  I mentioned on a recent post that my Kindle reader has been practically attached to my left hand for the last two weeks.  If not in my hand, it’s been conveniently in my bag, ready to be pulled out at the first break in activity.  I’ve loved books since I was a child and […]

Baby Artichoke & Chicken Sausage Pizza

  As promised on my last post, I’m sharing the first of a few recipes inspired by our visit to Pescadero last week.  Besides enjoying the marsh and the beach that day, one other highlight of the visit was being able to take home some local food and produce.  When I picked up lunch at […]

Asparagus-Salmon Fried Rice

  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 […]

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 […]

Stir-Fried String 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 […]

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 […]