Bacon and Leek Quiche (and a France Summer Trip Recap)

  It has been two months since our return from a late summer trip to France.  It followed two months of difficult recovery for my husband who was in a cycling accident in June.  In fact, up to one week before our scheduled departure I feared we would have to cancel.  But after nearly two […]

Vegetable Frittata

  I’ve always considered eggs to be one of the best comfort foods.  Whether poached, soft-boiled, fried and layered on toast or in an egg salad,  they never fail to satisfy–breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Frittatas come in handy for incorporating leftover meats and vegetables–the version I grew up with, Filipino torta, was often filled with leftover cooked […]

Fried Egg Tartine with Greens and Pesto Mayo

  Oh, leisurely weekend mornings!  How precious–and rare–they are!  I had barely cleared away the cobwebs in my head yesterday morning when my husband suggested that we take a day trip to Pismo Beach.  We have always wondered what the coastal town near San Luis Obispo is like and the fair weather gave us the […]

Filipino Torta Meets Italian Frittata

  All my favorite people were under one roof yesterday; we ate, caught up, teased and laughed…a lot.  I haven’t been as diligent about my monthly visits with my family who live two hours away so yesterday was even more special than Thanksgivings past.  The young men and women (my nephews and nieces) who joined […]

The Power of Will…and a Fried Egg

  I donned my cycling gear for the second time in three days…and 9 months.  This is the longest time I’ve spent away from my road bike and the reunion was bittersweet indeed.  I have missed being on the saddle, clipping into my pedals, the wind kissing my face.  Mentally I was ready for the […]

Pasta alla Carbonara

  The summer before my freshman year in high school, my family moved out of San Francisco and to a neighboring town a few miles away. This meant that I spent my first year in a new school trying to find my place in a sea of new faces.  I was extremely shy which severely […]

Pastéis de Nata

Thoughts of my visit to Portugal a few years ago always evoke warm feelings for the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of Lisbon, azure skies and equally blue waters of the Algarve coastline.  Also vivid in my mind are the cork oaks that stood proudly along the country roads.  The tree trunks were in various stages of […]