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 […]

Roasted Chicken Breasts with White Beans and Spinach

    When my husband and I escaped to Napa Valley one weekend in December one of the more memorable dishes, surprisingly, was a wood oven roasted chicken served with cannellini beans.  How boring, you might say, and I would tend to agree.  I always consider the obligatory chicken dish on most menus the last […]

Tamarind-Marinated Baked Chicken Wings

  Chicken wings.  I have always loved them but I rarely ever order them at restaurants and even less frequently prepare them at home (this marks the third or fourth time, ever).  It’s not that I’m afraid the public will think me unrefined for eating them–they are considered finger food, after all–but I can’t ever […]

Chicken-Almond Curry with Apricots

    Well, hello.  Remember me? The one who said she was back and ready to blog, oh, about two weeks ago?  My mistake.  I feel like I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the last few weeks.  Since returning from Sun Valley and Telluride, I’ve been to a couple of other places.  Fun […]

The Chicken Stew of My Childhood

  Being able to treat my taste buds to new flavors is one of the greatest joys of cooking.  I love trying new recipes, becoming acquainted with unfamiliar spices and learning about a different culture in the process.  A lot of times we encounter the same base ingredients but cooked with different spices, we get […]