Pork Chile Verde

I must have stood in front of the rows of peppers at the market for a good five minutes before mustering the nerve to disturb the nice lady shopping next to me to ask her if the pepper in my hand was of the poblano variety. My Google searches revealing multiple aliases for each type […]

Beef Mechado, Filipino Beef Stew

“Tè?!” she asked, not hiding the disapproval in her voice. My husband and I were on the island of Lipari, one of the Aeolian islands above Sicily. It was the height of summer, the warm Mediterranean water was just a few steps away. In the middle of the afternoon I ordered hot tea. Even the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Salmon Cakes

  This past summer my husband went to Alaska on a fishing trip with the boys.  It was a week of getting up at the crack of dawn to go out on a boat, hoping that one or, ideally, all of the men in the group would catch something.  This kind of vacation is not […]

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 […]

Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese with Dungeness Crab

  We stood at the kitchen counter, hands dirty, taking turns with the only seafood cracker in the house (why haven’t I ever bought more?) to free the fresh, sweet morsels of meat from the crab legs and, instead of collecting that meat on a plate, we immediately popped them in our mouths.  It was a […]