GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY YEAR FOUR!!

Where were you four years ago? How old were your kids back then? What were you up to in the kitchen? I was here, at my desk, writing my first post, which was all about applesauce. My tech skills were minimal, my photos ...

MY WEEK IN FOOD

The theme for me in the kitchen of late seems to be schizophrenic. Either I’m deep into cooking projects or it’s seat-of-your-pants affair. The latter was the case with this speedy Vietnamese chicken salad involving a rotisserie chicken, a tub of shredded cabbage, and bunch ...

SALTED BUTTERSCOTCH MOUSSE CUPS

A handful of blocks from my house sits Blue Plate, a long-standing neighborhood eatery that has become a favorite local haunt. It’s cramped and cozy, with a kitchen so tiny, I wonder how on Earth they manage to produce such terrific food. There is a ...

Easy Recipes, Table Topics & Fresh Ideas

CRACKED OPEN…
TALES FROM OAXACA

My oldest daughter Isabelle was born just a handful of days before Christmas. As I sat by the tree that holiday morning ...

CRANBERRY GINGER BAKED OATMEAL

And so it begins. Holiday Season. The time of year that I become profoundly aware that my children will never again be ...

DEEP DARK CHOCOLATE MUESLI

Until last summer, the appeal of muesli completely escaped me. I wanted to like it…wholesome oats mixed with dried fruit and nuts, ...

Recent Posts

MOROCCAN SPICED WALNUTS
A “GOOD FOR YOU” GIFT

That there is one pretty jar of goodness….good on many levels. GOOD tasting for sure. The walnuts are coated with a Moroccan seasoning mix called Ras el Hanout. That, in combination with just enough butter and brown sugar to make a crunchy coating, results in nuts that are sweet, salty and spicy all at the same time. […]

More

SARDINES: THE SUPERFOOD OF THE SEA

Eat these little fish! Sardines. They’re the superfood of the sea. Here’s why: Mega high in Omega-3 fats – higher than salmon, tuna, and nearly every other food I can think of High in calcium and vitamin D — the tiny bones in canned sardines are soft enough to eat, supplying about 25 percent of your […]

More

MY WEEK IN FOOD

We’re finally getting some cold weather here in California (or at least chilly by our standards), which calls for comfort food, starting with this homey  Hungarian Mushroom Goulash from Sarah Copeland’s vegetarian cookbook Feast. The mushrooms did such a fine job in their meaty role, we didn’t even miss the beef. Traveling the  comfort food globe […]

More

EIGHT IDEAS FOR THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, and already I’m talking leftovers. That’s because leftovers are the best part of the holiday, even better, in my opinion, than the meal itself. Pumpkin pie never tasted so good as when spooned straight out of the pie plate the morning after. Turkey, cold from the fridge, is at its finest layered […]

More

TENDER CRANBERRY STREUSEL MUFFINS

My mom says crafting was the best way she knew to keep her small tribe of highly active and often mischievous children occupied. She had three of us in rapid succession, with no car or spare income, a husband who worked long hours, and more than her fair share of parental heartache. She launched into motherhood young, […]

More

FLU FIGHTERS! 5 IDEAS FOR HEALING FOODS

Along with holiday celebrations and chilly weather, the close of the year also brings flu season, which according to the Centers for Disease Control, usually peaks in February.  Now is the time to think about shoring up our immune systems. One of the best ways to do that is to consider what you put on your […]

More

MY WEEK IN FOOD

I do believe I’m a little behind here on My Week in Food, so let’s catch up starting with breakast. Made this pretty little meal for a food writer  friend who stopped by to talk shop. Took advantage of all my favorite fall fruits in a diced salad of persimmon, pomegranate, pears, and tangerines, with […]

More

GIVEAWAY! A SET OF SLOW COOKER SPICES
THAT WILL ROCK YOUR ROUTINE

  (This giveaway in now closed) Here’s the problem with today’s giveaway: I want to keep the prize for my very own self. I’m so excited, I’m not sure where to begin. My friends Jane and Meg —  I’ve told you about them before and shared many of their slow cooker recipes – are two […]

More

SMOKED SALMON AND AVOCADO TARTINE ON RYE

It’s that time again, the latest intallation in my Year of Whole Grains. We’re nearing the end of the series, and I would be remiss if I didn’t include humble rye. On the occasion of this special grain, I invited Courtney Woo to guest post today. She’s a recent college graduate, a registered dietitian-in-training, and […]

More

FOOD FINDS AT FNCE YEAR THREE

Wondering what’s new (or at least new to me) on the health and nutrition scene? Each year I attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference and report back on my discoveries. Thousands of  registered dietitians gather to network, attend  lectures on the latest research, learn about new tools in the field, and spend time in […]

More