Padrón, The Frying Pepper

I first experienced Padrón peppers on a trip to Spain two years ago.  Glancing at a just delivered plate that sizzled and glistened, our waiter asked what was next.  “We’ll have that.” I said in my broken Spanish. I fell in love with the Padrón all over again on my recent trip.  Named after Padrón, […]

Chanterelle Chips

If you are a mushroom lover, Chanterelle chips are something you’ve got to try.  I follow Sacramento area food forager Hank Shaw who discussed these, as well as other options for chanterelles in a post on his blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. Chanterelle’s were on sale at Corti Bros and Whole Foods Market in Sacramento […]

Pistachio Pesto à la Kris

Talk seems to always loop back around to food.  Like a cat taunting a mouse- circling, pursuing then whacking it about before reeling it back in.  Could be an amusing find, a newly discovered item or something revisited- the topic is inevitably exposed.  Such was the case recently catching up with my friend Kris. I […]

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 […]

Port and Chocolate or Cheese?

When I ask people what they pair with port, the first response is usually chocolate.  Deep, dark, silky and smooth, it’s wonderful with most all port.  But I have friends who don’t like chocolate and want something different.  So I set out to find something for offering up when chocolate gets a thumbs down at […]

Hubby Cooks: Samosas

Kathy at SacPie had her first pie night in January where the hubby made samosa pies for the first time. He’s at it again, this time altering his recipe to include late seasonal tubers: parsnips, turnips and squash. The aromas while cooking were deeply satisfying, reminiscent of roasted chestnuts, Mediterranean herbs, and vegetables in the […]

Lotsa Luscious Latkes

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Sundays with Marlena project that three bloggers are undertaking here in Sacramento. (They’re actually also posting on Wednesdays, as it turns out, or else they’d be testing recipes until 2011.) Melody asked if I’d be interested in trying the recipe for latkes–the traditional potato pancakes served […]

Using the Harvest: Asparagus

Tis the season for asparagus. It’s available in abundance now. In past years I’ve tried renditions of asparagus soup too numerous to count, so here is something different. I’ve incorporated familiar items into a fun presentation that tastes good. Although it might sound time consuming, it really isn’t. You can make the polenta the day […]

Origin Pugliese

Taralli biscuits, a staple on every table with the antipasto, Pugliese in nature, infused with wine, use only good olive oil please, grind your pepper fresh, and most important, have time and be patient. I don’t remember when or where I first tasted these but remember thinking wow, um, good. Flipping through years of ripped […]

Using the Harvest: Tomato Cubes Gelee

As some of you know from a previous post, I had quite a San Marzano tomato harvest this year. With some, I made and froze marinara. To process the marinara, I cut in half and de-seeded the tomatoes. I kept all seeds, inner membranes and tomato water in a bowl then strained this into another […]

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