Modernist Cuisine #IFBC

This is no ordinary cookbook. This soon to be released, six volume, 2,400 page set is a product of Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, which is seeking to build a large invention portfolio. He personally holds more than 18 U.S. patents and has applied for more […]

Elderberry on the River

My friend Garrett recently mentioned running out of jam making fruits.  I often cycle on the American River Bike Trail where abundant items lurk.  Each ride I take note of the vast quantities of berries, which I’ve been told are the Himalayan blackberry variety, along with raspberries.  Mentioning this, we ended up hoofing it to […]

Pear-Cheese Tarts with Honey and Hazelnuts

This could be an appetizer or a dessert. It is subtly sweet and great for making ahead of time. 1 box (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry 1 pear, cored and quartered 1 lemon, zested and juiced ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sage honey, divided 8 ounces cream cheese 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 eggs ½ […]

Chicken-Pear Calzones

Calzones are essentially a larger version of empanadas, which are little meat pies made all over South America and the Caribbean.  You’ll often find them made there with beef and onions, olives, or peppers.  The Argentineans like to add fruit like pears and peaches, though, and I like the idea of a fruit and poultry […]

Term of the Week: Ableskiver

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my love of vintage cookbooks. They’re great for researching old recipes and finding out about oddball things like abelskivers. See, I got an ableskiver pan for my birthday and luckily my mother-in-law knew what it was on sight (she’s of Danish ancestry). Not knowing how to pronounce it […]

The Albion Opens Up

The Albion Open, an annual invitational fishing tournament was held the last weekend of July in Albion, California.  My friend Tote who participated this year, shared a few details below, along with great photos.  Being an ocean loving adventurer who’s had scary encounters, I could only imagine his situation. Look close at the picture above.  […]

Term of the Week: Salad Burnet

Take a whiff- the smell is familiar.  Nibble on a leaf-  yum, you think of cucumbers.  Salad, or Garden Burnet is a green you must try, especially if you like the subtle smell and taste of cucumbers. A perennial herb that can grow to 2 plus feet, it’s an unusual addition to your salad, not […]