Gâteau d’Alice (gâteau au chocolat amer)

Alice's Chocolate Cake / Patty's Food

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a very special bittersweet chocolate cake that was given to me by Alice, the daughter of family friends, while we were visiting them in France.  I’m sharing this recipe in French, just the way it was given to me..mostly because the cake will turn out very close to the […]

Heirloom Tomato and Cheddar Pie

Heirloom Tomato and Cheddar Pie / Patty's Food

Heirloom tomatoes look to be at the peak of their season around my neck of the woods and I’m not ready to say good-bye to Summer, not yet!  I’ve been craving  tomato pie for about a year and a half…so I figured there is no time like the present to indulge myself, husband and neighbors […]

Blackberry Almond Buttermilk Cake

Blackberry Almond Buttermilk Cake / Patty's Food

I made 3 cakes with fruit yesterday morning and this blackberry almond buttermilk cake was hands down the winner.  Not that there was a contest or anything like that, it just worked out that this cake took the ‘cake’ for first prize in my mini morning bake-off.  This has been a crazy week for me, […]

Baked Jalapeño Poppers stuffed with Goat, Feta and Hatch Chili Pepper Cheddar Cheeses

Baked Japapeno Poppers stuffed with Goat Cheese / Patty's Food

Jalapeño, how I love your written name with the cool curvy dash over the ñ.  I also love a few of your friends, like Mr. Padrón and Ms. Piquillo.  The truth is I had a banner year for peppers in my garden and grew way more than we could use for ourselves so I’ve been […]

Beer Float – a refreshing adult beverage for those hot muggy end of summer evenings

Beer Float- a refreshing adult beverage for those hot muggy buggy days / Patty's Food

Today I have a non-recipe recipe to share that is so simple to make and refreshing to drink on a hot end of Summer August night. We drove home from our vacation in Central Oregon to a hot muggy buggy sweltering Bay Area heat wave and thank goodness my husband brought what was left of […]

Mango Blueberry Kale salad with Toasted Sesame Oil Dressing

Mango Blueberry Kale Salad with Toasted Sesame Oil Dressing / Patty's Food

This is the last day of our two week vacation to Central Oregon or to be more precise, to Powell Butte, Oregon.  My home away from home has been at Brasada Ranch on Alfalfa Road in Powell Butte, Oregon and I guess I’m ready to return home but maybe not really.  Except for the smoky […]

Blueberry Ricotta Muffins with Lemon Sugar Topping and Mountain Biking in the Deschutes National Forest

Blueberry Ricotta Muffins with Lemon Sugar Topping / Patty's Food

  I think baking blueberry muffins in August is a really good idea.  Blueberries are plump, sweet and cheap in the market this time of year.  A few months ago I made a blueberry ricotta custard cake that we loved so I thought why not try ricotta baked in a blueberry muffin and see what […]

Rainbow Chard and Corn Fritters with Herbed Goat Cheese Sauce

Rainbow Chard and Corn Fritters with Herbed Goat Cheese Sauce / Patty's Food

We are eating our way through a row of rainbow chard I planted in the garden about a month and a half ago.  We also have this thing for fresh corn, especially the corn that comes from Brentwood.  A big thanks to the farmer from Brentwood who brings his corn to the Novato Farmer’s Market […]

Herbed Ricotta Spread with Feta Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes on Multigrain Toasts

Herbed Ricotta Spread on Multigrain Toasts / Patty's Food

I may have planted too many cherry tomato plants for one small family..but the good news is..I love them and they are easy to give away when the bowl on my kitchen counter starts to overflow.  Cherry tomatoes are a kind of gardener’s reward, they are so easy to pop in your mouth while visiting […]

Roasted Eggplant Lentil Soup with Crispy Sage Leaves

Roasted Eggplant Lentil Soup with Fried Sage / Patty's Food

We’ve been having such cool morning weather the past few days I decided to make soup with my first eggplants from the garden.  I love eggplants.  So, I thought why not combine them together with lentils and a few of my favorite spices for a satisfying bowl of Summertime soup on this cool July morning. […]