Filipino Pancit Canton (and How to Velvet Chicken)

Recalling a lunch room conversation with an office mate nearly twenty five years ago I’m reminded of how desperately ignorant I was about cooking then. I was in my first real job out of college, still living at home enjoying my mother’s cooking. It would be another year or two before I leave the nest […]

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 […]

Ground Turkey and Vegetable Soup

I’ve been hanging on to this soup recipe for a week while an epic tug of war between the sun and clouds took place in the sky. The clouds being the underdog I never found an appropriate time to share soup. Everything I wrote felt forced, even considering I’m one of those people who actually […]

Skillet Banana Bread, Cornbread Style

My husband and I have been home for a few days from our visit to Maui. It was a last-minute vacation that had us hopping on a plane just a few days after booking our tickets. The trip was Plan B to a grand winter getaway to some never-been exotic places that will have to […]

Ahi (Tuna) Poke Bowl

I hear Mother Nature has been giving everyone at home a taste of spring lately. Warm weather and not a drop of rain. Well, in case my neighbors are wondering where the rain clouds have been hanging out they passed through Maui a few days ago. We’ve had two heavy (though brief) downpours over the […]

Savory Cheese-Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Jam

My husband picked up one of these cookies from the cooling rack and took a bite. I was sitting in the other room and knew before I saw his face crinkle in surprise and disapproval that he hadn’t paid attention when I told him earlier that these were savory cookies and not the type he […]

Homemade Squid Ink Pasta with Bottarga

You’ll never see a more forlorn, lost little boy than my husband on a rainy day. Being stuck indoors is the ultimate punishment for my outdoorsman who’s normally out of the house and on his bike by 8:00 am most days. Me? I love being active outdoors, too. In fact, after a four-year cycling hiatus, […]

Savory Sourdough Waffles

Most bakers who maintain a sourdough starter have their go-to recipes for the discard–the leftover starter that gets tossed in the trash after a small amount has been set aside for future bakes. Crackers, pancakes, waffles and breadsticks are the most popular uses for what others say is “spent fuel” (the microorganisms have already consumed […]