Cinnamon Rolls for the New Year

The last six weeks of 2012 came and went.  Endings and beginnings hit with a bang all at the same time.  Several life changing decisions presented themselves.  Amongst the craziness, time was carved out on New Year’s day to start on a fresh, healthy and taste-so-good-you-can’t-eat-just-one note.  That note was a high cord belting out […]

Walnut Fig Bread for Fall

Nuts. I’ve come into walnuts the last few weeks and lots of them.  Perfect timing for the Twelve Loaves October challenge which is all about nuts, seeds and grains incorporated into home baked bread.  There are just times you feel like a nut…or a seed…or a grain! My quick bread is partly the result of […]

Fig-a-licious Tart and a Guest Post with Chef Dennis on A Culinary Journey

Today I’m sharing a tart creation- kind of savory and kind of sweet- in a guest post over on Chef Dennis’ blog, A Culinary Journey.  Can’t recall how I discovered him but have thoroughly enjoyed his humor, ideas and creativity.  He, and a few other people I’ve gotten to know this year have rubbed off […]

Fig and Goat Cheese Stuffed Fougasse for #TwelveLoaves

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with figs.  It all started with my dad showing me a fig tree.  He plucked one, and in his usual way when something tasted good said “Um, um! Man-o-man those are good!” I can hear and see him doing so in my mind.  […]

A Sandwich for California Food Literacy Month

  Yes, you heard it!  We’re smack in the middle of California’s first official food literacy month.  Thanks to Amber Stott, founder of the California Food Literacy Center, and several volunteers, the first half of the month was action packed. Right about now you may be thinking, “What’s Food Literacy?”  It’s about understanding the impact […]

Port Wine + Cherries = Mustard

Message from husband: “Can you make some mustard for me?  Any kind will do but something out of the ordinary is better.  Oh, add some kick too please”. I made something different. The very first mustard I made required cooking the mixture down.  I’ve since opted for less time consuming versions like this easy one […]

Fig Muffins, Gluten Free

The minute the word gluten free is mentioned, many people walk away thinking heavy and tasteless.  That’s not the case with these muffins!  Figs, with their light, honey-like sweetness meld with other ingredients giving you a sweet savory experience.  They’re my inaugural project for Twelve Loaves. I met Jamie from Life’s A Feast last fall.  […]

Discovering San Marzano

Italian chef Tony Minichello sparked my interest in the San Marzano.  He raved about them, cooked with them and gave me a sample.  That taste was remarkable, like finding a treasure in a sunken ship. Many say Italian tomatoes are considered some of the best in the world.  In Campania near Naples the soil is […]

Clafoutis- Would Julia Cringe?

Tuesday would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.  People everywhere paid homage making her favorite dishes and desserts.  I reveled in stories throughout the day reading how she inspired, taught, made you laugh and showed us how to enjoy French food.  I also did something that might have caused her to cringe; I made a […]

Cauliflower Steaks and Tantalizing Tapenade

There are times when a piece of grilled seafood or meat sounds appetizing.  Then there are times when I crave vegetables with smoky goodness.  Last night was one of them so we pulled out the grill and made steaks.  It’s a good thing we did this yesterday because the outside heat may make me melt […]

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