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 […]

Cantaloupe Sweet Basil Sorbet with Toasted Almond Sandies

I found the most beautiful Tuscan style cantaloupes at Oliver’s market in Santa Rosa over the fourth of July weekend. They are distinctive looking with deep grooves and a more oval shape than a regular cantaloupe. They have a deep orange color, a sweet aroma and flavor. I’ve been reading all kinds of recipes for […]

Mango Cashew Slaw with Poached Chicken

I’m taking a french class and I’m supposed to be doing homework right now but instead of cracking open La Grammaire Progressive du Francais I’m posting Friday night’s dinner here on my blog. I’m often inspired by the many food blogs that I follow as well as by the produce I see in the market. […]

Fresh Mint Brownies

My son Taylor is visiting me and he likes brownies, or anything chocolate but without nuts. I thought I would see if I could slip him a brownie with a little candied fresh mint leaf on it, actually I think he removed the leaf before he ate one. But, the leaves are good and add […]

Black Plum Breakfast Focaccia with Olive Oil Streusel

One bite of this chewy focaccia filled with fresh fruit and covered with a brown sugar olive oil streusel is enough to transport you to Italy for a short visit but eating a whole square with a small cup of espresso for breakfast is more like spending the entire morning there. The locals will line […]

Strawberry Granita with Champagne Sabayon and Coconut Tuiles

Strawberry granita is just one part of this elegant composed dessert that I learned how to make while helping Loretta Keller make pastries in her San Francisco restaurant Bizou which she later transformed into Coco 500. A granita is shaved ice and this recipe with fresh ripe strawberries has an intense flavor of fresh fruit. […]

Avocado and Orange Salad with Radishes, Pumpkin Seeds and Thai Basil

I’m just going to give a few reasons why I love Portland, Oregon. The first reason is the inspiration for my avocado and orange salad. In Northern California avocados are flooding our markets right now, just begging to be brought home to our kitchens so that we can enjoy them in salads, sandwiches, soups, sauces […]

Sweet Cherry Almond Muffins

I made these sweet cherry muffins last weekend with the first really good looking cherries I’ve seen at the market, in fact when I walked in the market these cherries looked so good they became the focus of all my attention! I wanted to eat them plain right out of the bag because they looked […]

Grilled Chicken with Herbs and Arugula Salad with Raspberries

My daughter came for lunch today with all three of her beautiful children, not that I’m partial or anything like that! I thought the boys might like harvesting some lettuce and arugula for our salad. So, JD and I spent a little time poking around in the vegetable garden. I had the chicken marinating in […]