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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Catalina Island Adventure

  If it seems like it’s been awfully quite around here, it’s because my husband and I took off for a few days as soon as the skies cleared up.  We decided to fly down to Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of southern California.  After visiting the main city of Avalon a few […]

High Desert Crab Cakes with Avocado Relish, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Lemon Aioli

  When May comes around each year, there’s only one thing on my husband’s mind: Camping.  By this time, most of the snow would have melted from the higher elevations and average daytime temperatures are in the mid-70ºF range.  I had never gone camping until my husband took me for the first time over 10 […]

Foodbuzz Blogger Festival 2010

Festival:  a time of feasting and celebration.  The time was this past weekend when 350 food bloggers came together in San Francisco to do what we do best:  eat.  We also drank and were merry, celebrating the wonderful opportunity to graduate from being “virtual” friends to finally connect face-to-face over mountains of food. This joyous […]

My Sister’s Pico de Gallo

  Today marked the end of my nephews’ and nieces’ visit.  To say that I’m exhausted is a severe understatement but I had so much fun; I hope they did, too.  It was an activity-packed last few days, ending with a barbecue/pool party with the rest of my family.  I already miss the kids, though. […]

Italian Salsa Verde

4/6/18: I’ve updated this old favorite with new pictures.   In terms of preparation, think pesto sans the basil and cheese.  It’s very easy and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. According to Marcella Hazan in Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, this is typically prepared as an accompaniment to bolito […]