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.  […]

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 […]

Summer Syrup Fun with Cocktails & Drinks

Summer is time for experimenting.  Stepping out and trying new things.  Whether travel, food, adventure related- you name it- changing things up can inject the spirit with excitement. My recent interest is connected with liquid food: shrubs and syrups. Not being one who consumes much hard alcohol, I don’t know a thing about mixed drinks.  […]

In a Jam For BBQ

I walked in the kitchen, groggy from reading late into the night.  Greeted by peaches and mangos, they end up in a bowl together.  A squeeze of lime juice, sprinkling of granola, and spoonful of vanilla yogurt.  I have a taste.  Wow!  The combo’s a sensation of flavors.  My now un-clogged brain is thinking jam. I love […]

Cherry Adventures

Cherries are abundant now.  As with many seasonal fruits, I get them while I can, process, and enjoy in various forms throughout the year.  These brandied cherries, a recent kitchen adventure are something special. Don’t think florescent red maraschino with artificial food coloring.   These are home made gems.  One could argue they’re better than say […]

A Different Benedict

This is not your typical Benedict, which to me can be formal and boring.  Like vanilla cake with butter cream icing- mostly boring.  Here an artichoke’s soft belly cradles a poached egg, securing it for sauce and a crunchy topping with aged cheese.  This is Artichoke Benny. It took me a while to appreciate artichokes.  […]

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