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 […]

Fideuà

  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 […]

Spaghetti with Clams and Mussels

  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 […]

Smoked Trout Dip

  The story behind my obsession with smoked trout dip is here, where I first tried to recreate a Sun Valley grocery store specialty after falling in love with it a few years ago.  The main difference is that my first attempt was made with smoked salmon, an alternative I resorted to as I couldn’t […]

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

  “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 […]

Prawns on Crisp Polenta Rounds and Sun-Dried Tomato Dipping Sauce

  My husband and I have been enjoying the warmth of the Hawaiian tropics for the last few days.  It’s certainly been a welcome escape from all the rain we left at home.  This is the second Christmas we’ve spent outside of California–one can hardly complain about being in paradise–but it does feel different to […]

Shrimp Fried Rice

  I have been up for a couple of hours now and the sun has yet to rise.  I’m savoring the last few minutes of quiet time before my husband gets up and invites me for a walk down the beach to the local Starbucks two hotels over.  The last few days before Christmas were […]

Prawn, Pesto, Fig and Feta Sandwich

  I can count on one hand the number of times I will choose a sandwich for dinner (on any given month with few fingers left to spare) over a rice or pasta dish.  I wouldn’t think twice about a turkey, tuna or roast beef sandwich for lunch but for dinner?  I don’t know why […]