Goat Cheese, Grape and Honey Crostini

  I meant to share this recipe with a set of images featuring a local goat cheese company as part of my Local Spotlight series.  The images being a year old, I haven’t looked at them in awhile and took for granted that they would be safely stored on my computer.  What a disappointment it […]

Homemade Spinach Pasta with Basil-Parsley-Cashew Pesto

  I attempted to keep a secret from my husband this past week…and failed.  It’s not my  modus operandi but I wanted to preserve my reputation as a decent homemaker.  In a moment of laziness last weekend I dumped leftover vegetable soup down the disposal, about 2 cups worth–a big no no around here.  We […]

A Trip to Los Cabos, Mexico (and Mango, Jicama & Corn Salad)

  My first real trip (and last) to Mexico was in 2006.  After celebrating the wedding of good friends in Ireland, my husband and I flew home and stayed just long enough, about 36 hours, to unpack, do the laundry, pack again and take off for warmer weather.  We reconnected with our just-married friends south […]

Sautéed Baby Artichokes

  Fueled by a burst of summertime energy, I’ve been feeling quite productive at home and work and was looking forward to clearing many more items from my to-do list this week.  But plans changed abruptly Saturday morning and I have to say that it was for the better.     We decided to join […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

  This is a far cry from the recipe I used for years.  I was so picky, you see.  My hummus had to have just the right amount of tahini paste–too much or too little, it wouldn’t be good enough for me.  I was also somewhat of a hummus purist.  For me, there was no […]

Stir-Fried String Beans

  On busy weeknights when I want dinner on the table in less than half an hour, vegetable stir-fries become the default meal.  Brussels sprouts, broccoli, eggplants and asparagus are the usual choices but I’ve added a new vegetable to rotation recently–string beans (also known as Chinese long beans).  They are not exactly new to […]

Caprese Tart

  Though I had already spent part of my morning working out at the gym, I looked forward to meeting two of my girlfriends for a walk later in the day.  It had been months since the last time; the longer days means the return of our routine of meeting once or twice a week, […]

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 […]