Spicy Cherry Tomato Rice with a recipe for Tomato Masala from Rose of Magpie’s Recipes

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My friend and next town over neighbor Rose from Magpie’s Recipes is leaving the Bay Area and moving back to India next week.  We met at a Bay Area food blogger’s lunch and soon made plans to meet at our local farmer’s market.  A few weeks later we spent the morning marketing (mostly tasting different […]

Shrimp, Wild Mushrooms and Rice Noodles for French Fridays

Shrimp and Rice Noodles for French Fridays / Patty's Food

A package of dried wild mushrooms and a box of thin rice noodles came to the rescue last night as my local market didn’t carry several of the ingredients in this week’s assigned French Fridays with Dorie recipe and I didn’t want to drive over to the Asian market in the next town.  Hey-at least […]

warm abalone or sea scallop salad with corn, grilled nectarines, and basil coulis

WarmSea Scallops with Grilled Nectarines and Basil Corn Salad / Patty's Food

I had just returned from the market, ingredients in hand and excited to make the assigned French Friday recipe using sea scallops for this week when I received the text, Brett has abalone he wants to give you…Brett is a buddy of my son Taylor and he dives for abalone off the Sonoma/Mendocino coast. We […]

Pizza Rustica for Tuesdays with Dorie

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Although this Pizza Rustica is more like a quiche than a pizza, it baked up beautifully and I have no complaints on the filling or the dough.  I followed the recipe exactly as written except for cutting back on the sugar called for in the dough after reading the baker’s comments on the Tuesdays with […]

Curried Chicken Nuggets and Fennel Apple Slaw with A Cinnamon Maple Vinaigrette

I’m feeling a cooking and blogging break coming on as our vacation is only a couple of weeks away, but I still hope to bake something with pumpkin before heading out.  For many reasons Fall is my favorite time of year, there is just something wonderful about the gentle cooling of the air after the […]

End Of Summer Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde with Grilled Skirt Steak

My end of Summer veggie garden round up includes using up all the baby tomatillos left on the vine, similar to using up the hard green tomatoes that are left on tomato plants at the end of their season.  Only instead of making fried green tomatoes I made roasted tomatillo salsa verde for the grilled […]

Love It Or Hate It Burger for French Fridays

I know this French hamburger is sitting on a bed of black bean and corn salad which is not looking very French for French Fridays with Dorie.  When I started to peel my red onion to make the onion jam for the burger I realized my onion was bad and I didn’t want to go […]

Slow Roasted Garden Tomatoes For Two

This week’s recipe from Around My French Tableis a simple and delicious way to prepare tomatoes.  A few generous handfuls of assorted tomatoes from my garden patch, sliced, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with fresh thyme, sea salt and thinly sliced garlic ignored for a while in a slow oven and there you have it. […]

Coconut Lemongrass Braised Pork for French Fridays with Dorie

Okay here’s another one that I wasn’t going to make because my husband is not a fan of pork.  I thought about subbing in chicken or fish but decided on cubed pork loin because it really sounded good in this recipe and guess what??  Not a big surprise, it was good!  This is a recipe […]

Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak For French Fridays with Dorie

Bistrot Paul Bert is a family owned restaurant in Paris that serves up a great piece of beef.  Dorie Greenspan likes their pepper steak so much that she asked for the recipe and put it in her critically acclaimed cookbook Around My French Table.  The online cooking group, French Fridays with Dorie liked it so […]