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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grilled Fingerlings & Fennel with Pesto

grilled fingerlings & fennel with pesto / patty's food

  There are many varieties of arugula, some are spicier than others.  I have 4 varieties of arugula growing in my garden and several of them are going to seed right now.  So, I can’t think of a better time to make a batch of pesto using both arugula and sweet basil to spoon over […]

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 […]

heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella and sweet basil tartlet

tomato cheese tartlets

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve made an assigned French Friday with Dorie recipe but this tomato covered tartlet made with purchased puff pastry looked like an easy and delicious way to take advantage of a surplus of tomatoes.   We enjoyed our tartlet for an appetizer last night before dinner but I also think […]

burrata with heirloom tomato, raspberry, basil and mint salad, my guest post for spicie foodie

burrata with heirloom tomato raspberry  salad

Today I’m guest posting for Nancy at Spicie Foodie, if you’re not already following my friend Nancy-this would be a great time to check out her blog!  Nancy is celebrating her 3 year blogoversary by hosting a series of guest posts this month.  She asked me to contribute one and  I’m happy to be part […]

summer farmers market farro salad

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This recipe is from a magazine page that I ripped out and stuck in a file of things to try- that was in the olden days- before Pinterest!  For the most part I like to adapt the recipes I find and it’s kind of nice to use the paper from the torn out magazine recipe […]

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 […]