Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Salad

  I always say I won’t talk about the weather on this blog but it’s hard to avoid when you live in California.  We’ve had such an extended dry season that, finally, the arrival of some rain has the entire state breathing a sigh of relief. Unless you’re my husband.  The discussions have gone something […]

Chicken with Pineapple-Mango-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  How would you describe your perfect day?  I imagine your answer, like mine, would vary depending on mood, circumstance or even the season.  Because of the frenetic pace that life has been going lately I’ve found myself, more than a few times, wishing I were on a beach somewhere far away.  Then the tragic […]

Steak Salad with Mint-Scallion Dressing

  The tart I plan to take to my family’s Easter gathering is now setting in the refrigerator.  There will be plenty of time in the morning for the finishing touches before Easter service then heading to my aunt’s home.  Putting the dessert together was easy–the bulk of my time was spent trying to find […]

Chinese Chili Sauce

  It is an ongoing joke in my family how out of control my father can be when it comes to picking up unusual items at the Asian market (oddly-flavored drinks, chips, crackers, condiments).  Where my mother will come home bearing only the items she put on her list when shopping alone, excursions with my […]

Red Rice with Roasted Squash, Fennel and Beets

  My husband has this silly notion that I need to eat meat every single day.  I don’t understand where he’s gotten this idea.  Yes, I like to eat meat.  No, I probably won’t ever become a vegetarian.  Each time he jests (not maliciously) about my carnivorous inclinations, I laugh (not sincerely).  I serve meat […]

Pickled Onions

  It’s a race against the clock.  Despite giving away a good amount of the 20 pounds of Walla Walla onions I received recently, I’m still left with more than I know what to do with.  I’ve caramelized several onions and used them in this pizza, I’ve sautéed them, tossed them in salads and I […]

Taste of South America, Part 1: Buenos Aires

  Jet lag is partly to blame.  During my first few hours walking around the Recoleta barrio (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires, I kept thinking I was in Europe.  Along Avenida Alvear, I may as well have been.  The Recoleta is at the heart of the French Heritage district where much of the architecture was modeled […]

Sushi-Inspired Salmon Sliders with Wasabi Mayo

  I’ve had burgers on my mind lately.  The warmer weather that has settled upon us over the last couple of days may be luring my thoughts towards grilled foods.  The other possible reason for the craving is that I smell a certain fast food restaurant’s burgers frying as I exit the freeway each morning […]