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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Getting Ready for Salsa

Chiles were abundant in my garden last year- pasilla, long green, japona, piquillo and Hatch.  I’m particularly enamored with the Hatch, a slender, medium green pepper that can be mild or hot.  So much so it’s in the ground again this year.  Planning ahead now for salsa and fire roasted preserved chilies. Hatch, New Mexico, […]

Harvesting the Artichoke

I pass by artichokes at the market, gazing at them, deciding if I want to take them on.  They’re really not that much work but I can get lazy when it comes to artichokes.  This past weekend I was at a friend’s dinner where Sicilian Chef Joe from Reno made fried artichoke hearts.  They were […]

Quince Slices You’ll Love

Quince is definitely not the easiest fruit to work with but if you’re willing to put some effort into it, it’s worth the eating reward.  I’m finding I like this darn hard fruit more and more.  I keep getting grocery bags full of seasonal fruit from various friends and just got one with the largest […]

A Donut for the Ambivalent

Rumor on the street is donuts are back.  How unexpected stumbling upon a Times Magazine article indicating such.  And I, one who doesn’t like donuts happened to try a very worthy gluten-free donut earlier this week. I was approached by the frozen food buyer, Jose at Whole Foods Market in Sacramento.  His extended hand holding […]

Using the Harvest: English Peas with Romesco and Mint

English Peas with Romesco and Mint, a.k.a, Guisantes Tiernos al Romesco is a tantalizing tapas dish.

Using the Harvest: Magenta Pasta with Beets

The backyard garden is bursting with beets!  I’ve mostly roasted them, juiced them and enjoyed them raw (grated) in salads.  Searching for something different, I remembered my friend Marilyn, a.k.a. the Xotic Doc sharing a pasta dish with beets. Delighted and surprised I was by the dazzling color and earthly sweet flavors in this dish, […]

Using the Harvest: Chickpea and Spinach Stew

I harvested the last of my Bordeaux spinach the other day and wanted to make something special.  You see it blessed us with abundance for about six weeks.  It just kept growing and growing.  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as much spinach as this year. This dish comes from José Andrés with a Moorish […]

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