Umami-Packed Edamame

  An old friend paid us a visit recently and as all conversations go around here, the subject eventually turned to food. “You have to go to Kemuri in Redwood City,” he said. “Better yet, I’ll take you there.” Our friend, Jack, may have added that last bit knowing our penchant for the familiar–my husband […]

Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas

  Buffalo Wings:  one of my guilty pleasures.  If I should find myself at a bar and they’re on the menu, I’ll order them.  In reality, I don’t visit bars very often so I get to enjoy them maybe once every two years, if that.  I can eat an entire plate of the spicy wings […]

Chicken & Mushroom Empanadas {Baked}

  I took some time off cooking and blogging last week.  I didn’t take a complete hiatus–between leisurely activities I cooked a dish or two.  I spent the day on the coast again last Thursday so I returned home with two bags of baby artichokes which lasted all of two days.  I have shared two […]

Artichoke, Cheddar, Chipotle Spread

  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 […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

  This is a far cry from the recipe I used for years.  I was so picky, you see.  My hummus had to have just the right amount of tahini paste–too much or too little, it wouldn’t be good enough for me.  I was also somewhat of a hummus purist.  For me, there was no […]

Blueberry Breakfast Bars (No-Bake)

  If you’ve hung around me enough you will know that I’m never without a Clif bar.  In my purse, in the car and when we’re traveling, in my carry-on bag.  It is a habit I’ve picked up as a cyclist or more likely it’s as my husband says…I’m just “always hungry”.  Clif bars are […]

Sautéed Fresh Cranberry Beans with Sage and Garlic

  Do you ever get stuck in a cooking rut where you go through a phase cooking the same dishes week in, week out?  Or are you the perpetually adventurous type, always trying out a new recipe? During busy weeks I mindlessly speed shop through the market and walk out with the same staple items […]

Cranberry-Cinnamon Scones

I have been trying not to look at the calendar too much.  When I do, it sticks its tongue out at me for having fallen behind so much.  I have two days to cross things off my holiday list–there’s still hope!  My husband and I are celebrating Christmas a bit differently this year so time […]