Peach Pie

Please enjoy a moment of silence for this peach pie. Here are a few photos, recipes and comments on the rewards and challenges of baking a homemade peach pie. And hopefully a small contribution to embracing the abundant fresh produce here in Northern California at the end of August. Think warm nights, corn on the […]

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

The King Arthur’s All Purpose Baking Cookbook is rightfully called the Baker’s Companion. Back in the day we used The Joy Of Cooking or an old edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook for just about every thing we baked unless we happened to have a hand written recipe on a 3×5 card from a family […]

Gravenstein Apple Tart

I want to share a bit of history and information about my favorite apple before I give you the recipe for this wonderful tart. Gravenstein is a variety of apple native to Denmark. The variety was discovered in 1669 as a seedling, there is evidence that it may have originated in Italy and come north […]

Nectarine Sorbet with Cardamom Icebox Cookies

Nectarine sorbet, the third flavor in my summer sorbet series arrives with a twist! I sandwiched my nectarine sorbet between two cardamom ice box cookies.  I have to admit it was a pretty cool treat for a summer afternoon. Once again I attempted to photograph the sorbet before it melts into a puddle. Of course […]

Thai Style Corn Pancakes with Fresh Chunky Tomato Salsa

Once again I have been inspired by the herbs in my garden.  This morning the Thai basil looked like it needed a haircut. I thought about making some sort of refreshing herbal beverage but the corn pancake idea won out. My husband, Scott loves corn and bless his heart, anything made in a frying pan! […]

Blueberry Sorbet with Lavender Cookies

Blueberry Sorbet, the second in my summer sorbet series, try saying that tongue twister a few times in a row! Even I didn’t know that I had a summer sorbet series going until just now, such a closely guarded secret. I was thinking about blueberry ice cream when I saw the pile of blueberries at […]

Blueberry Nectarine Cake

Blueberry Nectarine Cake / Patty's Food

As the summer fruit reaches its peak and begins to pile up at farmers markets in Northern California we like to enjoy it on a daily basis so the other day when I went to the market I loaded up on blueberries and nectarines. They looked, smelled and tasted amazing. So when I was asked […]

Greek Salad with Grilled Calamari

We enjoyed a fresh Greek style salad for dinner last night with a bottle of Russian River Valley Lynmar Chardonnay . I mention this chardonnay because both the Reserve Vineyard Designates and the Russian River Valley/ Sonoma Coast releases are some of my favorite wines. In the past it was poured by the glass at […]

Raw Beet and Carrot Salad with Fresh Herbs

I’m hiding in my house from the fire department right now, working on my blog because this afternoon is the only time I have to work on it and when the fire truck drives by, I just get down on the floor and wait for it to pass by and hope they don’t stop and […]

Plum and Nectarine Crisp

I did a little foraging on the golf course this weekend and brought home a golf bag pocket full of plums! Even though my husband Scott was a little annoyed by me stripping plums off a plum tree right next to the second tee box on Sunday afternoon instead of focusing on my drive, I […]