Sourdough Focaccia

Well, hello. It’s been a while. One year to be exact. I started out trying to explain my absence–a broken foot the day after my last post here, a succulent addiction that has taken me out of the kitchen and into the garden, a bit of traveling, a shortage of inspiration, too, if I may […]

Cracked Wheat Salad

  The woman behind the deli counter watched me patiently as I scanned my options for lunch.  There were the usual offerings–various salads, several proteins and other pre-cooked dishes. Over the years, I’d tried almost all of the salads at my neighborhood market but I would always opt out of one, an orange-colored, grain-based salad that sits next to the tabouleh. Early […]

The Garden of Earthly Delights

When I stopped working last February, in an attempt to fill some of the free time I knew I would have, I tackled a project I’d been meaning to cross off the list for quite some time. My front and back yards were in desperate need of a makeover by way of cleaning out numerous overgrown […]

Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

While packing for our trip to Hawaii in early January, I caught my husband with a puzzled look on his face as I threw a few miso soup packets into my suitcase. “You’re taking soup with you to Hawaii?” he asked. “Of course.” I replied. As if packing soup for a trip to a tropical island were […]

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I still haven’t received my assignment for the Thanksgiving Day meal. For years I played host, focusing on the turkey and other savory dishes while my family took charge of dessert and other sides to round out the Thanksgiving feast. There’s been a shift in recent years; the hosting […]

Apple Coffee Cake

  The last time I checked in it was July, the middle of summer, hot.  I took the rest of summer off from blogging for my wedding anniversary and a three-week trip to Europe.  My husband and I returned for the fourth time to St. Jean Cap Ferrat with stops in Paris, Brussels, Bruges and London. […]

Artichoke and Green Chile Stuffed Mushrooms

  When it comes to entertaining or get-togethers I’m always most comfortable being in charge of the appetizer, salad or dessert course.  Main dishes are a little trickier for me, especially when I’m responsible for feeding a crowd.  There are a few dishes that I do well but I get nervous around meat.  Fish, steaks, braised […]

Strawberry-Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have several bags of clothes and shoes sitting by my front door waiting to be donated, and counting.  Still a few more drawers wait to be inspected and edited.  Then I will be done with spring cleaning…and with not much more of spring left to spare.  I’ve been cleaning out cabinets all over my house […]