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 […]

Thoughts on Thursday

Do sushi eaters really out number fish wholesalers?  I passed a coffee shop on recent travels that advertised “espresso, cappuccino, carrot juice, lasagna, and make your own sushi.”  Maybe it’s true. That feeling- when you accomplish something big then look at the beauty around you.  It’s amazing lakes can really be that blue. Friends who […]

Cool Cucumber Soup Meets Dry Roasted Shrimp

Three thousand years ago the English called it “cowcumber”.  Charlemagne grew them in his 9th century french garden.  I grow them in my Sacramento, California garden and call them cucks.  I never thought I’d make soup out of cucumbers. When I was a kid, we had tomato cucumber salad with olive oil and red wine […]

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.  […]

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.  […]

A Wine To Basque In

A curious wine popped onto the Sacramento scene recently (and I’ll bet you can find it in many areas).  Its less familiar name draws attention then challenges one’s pronunciation.  The color charms with its hue, while taste has you second-guessing its tickle, then whop!  Drawn in for another try to make sure you’re really drinking […]

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