Baked Spelt Empanadas (and Hello Again)

  Where do I begin?  I hadn’t intended to be away so long, you see.   The last time I was here it was January, full of the promises each new year brings.  My husband and I had just returned from spending the holidays in Hawaii–inspired, recharged, renewed. But life has a way of pulling […]

Kettle Corn with a Kick

  There was a time when a small section of my kitchen wall, about 4 ft x 1.5 ft, was decorated with mementos of our movie dates.  Because my husband and I are incapable of remembering 90% of the movies we’ve seen, even minutes after walking out of the theater, we decided that taping the […]

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 […]

Bourbon Maple Toasted Pistachios

  This past weekend’s storm let up long enough to allow for a pleasant drive up to San Francisco.  ‘Tis the season for holiday parties and Christmas shopping and for making sure we get to see our friends before the December calendar gets too full.  We met good friends at Marlowe Saturday night, one of […]

Roasted Chickpeas with Sumac

  The end of each weekend always leaves me wishing for one thing: more time.  Where do the days go?  If I could just finish one more project a week, I would be satisfied.  Instead, I can barely manage to cross a few tasks off my ever-growing list.  The sore throat I’ve been trying to […]

Taste of South America, Part 4: Empanadas de Pino (Chilean Empanadas)

  * This is the long-overdue conclusion of my Taste of South America series.  For parts 1 – 3, please click here, here and here.   What do volcanoes, Middle European architecture, the Eiffel Tower, wild boars and penguins have in common?  Before my South America trip in February, I would never have guessed that […]

Homemade Chocolate Crackers: A Guest Post for A Little Bit of Everything

  My dear friend, Roxana, of A Little Bit of Everything has been vacationing with her family for the last couple of weeks.  Her friends have happily taken turns “housesitting” and sharing some of their own recipes.  Today, I’m excited to take my turn and be surrounded by sweet, delicious treats and of course to […]