Sponsored Post: Plum and Peach Galette (and a GIVEAWAY!)

September 21, 2015

I dread the end of summer like a 4th grader. It’s not that I have to go back to sitting in the boring classroom (I actually liked school, unlike other kids). It’s because it’s the end of all the peaches, plums and other berries. So in the last burst of summer stone fruit that hits […]

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Sponsored Post: Spiced Rubbed Pork Chop with Maple Blueberry Sauce

September 18, 2015

AJ was incredulous when I told him that I was making pork chops with blueberry sauce. Sure he was excited about pork chops. The man loves a juicy cut of meat. But the blueberry sauce gave him pause. I told him to trust me on this one, as the spices in the rub and the […]

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Sponsored Post: Summer Squash Au Gratin

September 16, 2015

A Facebook friend of mine recently mentioned how her zucchini plant was so prolific that her neighbors had politely come over to tell her to stop giving them more zucchini. They couldn’t use it up fast enough. How I wish I had a neighbor like that! I adore zucchini and summer squash, though I know […]

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Sponsored Post: New England Inspired Shrimp Summer Rolls

September 14, 2015

San Francisco is notorious for having a cool summer but when late summer and early fall comes around, so does the heat. When that happens, I try to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen in front of the stove and oven. But a guy still has to eat! Though I love the […]

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Apple Pandowdy with Blackberries

September 7, 2015

This easy rustic Autumn dessert is called an Apple Pandowdy with blackberries. Easier than a pie, simple as a cobbler, just as tasty as either! I can’t believe it’s September already. The summer is clearly over, with the last of the heirloom tomatoes, peaches and plums starting to thin out. Berries are having their last […]

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Easy Fried Chicken Recipe (and what happened in New York!)

August 31, 2015

This easy fried chicken recipe uses 3 cups of oil and is finished in the oven. It’s insanely juicy, tender and packed with flavor as well! It’s with some sadness that I won’t be making my easy fried chicken as much as I used to. True, fried chicken is one of those treats that you […]

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

August 17, 2015

These roasted fingerling potatoes are insanely easy to make and are the best side dish. Ever. “The produce here is gorgeous!” proclaimed my friend Jackie who was visiting from New York. And she’s not wrong. As much as I love visiting cities, there’s a reason that San Francisco was crowned the best food city right now […]

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Peach and Nectarine Cobbler with Sage Biscuits and Honey Mead Filling

August 10, 2015

This sophisticated take on a peach and nectarine cobbler has a flakey sage biscuit and a honey mead filling that is anything but ordinary! I came back to San Francisco to a fridge surprisingly full of food. My mom was staying at our place while we were in New York on vacation and we had […]

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Berry Tart with Blueberries, Strawberries and a Crisp Corn Crust

August 3, 2015

This easy summer berry tart has juicy blueberries and strawberries wrapped in a free form crisp corn flour crust! I’ve said it before but Summer grocery shopping is always an exercise in restraint for me. If I didn’t hold myself back, I would buy barrelfuls of berries and stone fruit. As it is, I try […]

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Handheld Ham and Cheese Pie (aka Ham and Brie Pop Tarts!)

July 27, 2015
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This ham and cheese pie are made with ham and brie, making them the perfect savory hand pie for a meal or just a fun snack! “Let’s do a guys night out!” I said to my friend Peter and Hadley one weekend while we were up in Sonoma. For most people, a phrase like that would […]

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Strawberry Plum Jam with Rosemary

July 20, 2015
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This luscious summer fruit jam is bursting with flavor while the touch of rosemary tempers the jam’s sweetness. “Hey are you planning to make plum jam this season? Can I tag along for a team jam session?’ texted my friend Tina. I had given her a batch of my vanilla and bay leaf plum jam […]

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Summer Minestrone Soup

July 13, 2015
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This easy summer minestrone soup recipe takes advantage of seasonal vegetables for a dish that is bursting with flavor. Summer is in full swing and, as always, my eyes are bigger than my mouth and stomach when it comes to the grocery shopping. Going to the supermarket (or the farmers market if I can remember […]

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Arancini Recipe, otherwise known as Fried Risotto Balls

July 6, 2015
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This arancini recipe (fried risotto balls) is an updated version of the classic Italian appetizer, using Panko crumbs for extra crunch! “I think I lost track of how many I’ve eaten.” said AJ when I asked him if he liked the arancinis I had made for the dinner party. That’s a solid sign that he […]

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Ribs In the Oven Recipe

June 29, 2015
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This ribs in the oven recipe means you can have deep flavorful barbecue ribs year round with minimal work and effort! “I hope ribs are OK for dinner” I said to AJ as I had picked some up on sale at the grocery store. His eyes widen in excitement and that was all the answer […]

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How I learned about the SCOTUS ruling, legalizing same-sex marriage for 50 states.

June 26, 2015
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Deep in slumber, I dreamed about a boring conference I was attending. Trapped in the middle of the 2nd row of black chairs, the person next to me was spilling his papers all over the place. I impatiently reached for my cell phone for the millionth time, anxiously awaiting the SCOTUS ruling on legalizing same-sex […]

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Asparagus salad with radishes, peas and fresh mint

June 22, 2015
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This fresh and easy composed asparagus salad had steamed crisp tender asparagus with thinly sliced radishes, peas and fresh mint. “So they’re not REALLY vegetarian. Just sort of vegetarian.” said AJ when I asked about what I should make for dinner. Our friends Alic and Kevin were coming over and it was just this sort […]

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The Forest Negroni, and a visit to the Sunset Magazine Campus in Menlo Park

June 15, 2015
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The Forest Negroni is a modern outdoorsy inspired version of the classic negroni cocktail. About a week and a half ago I had a chance to head down to Menlo Park to visit the campus of Sunset Magazine to get a sneak peak preview of their Sunset Celebration Weekend. A weekend of demos, seminars, music, […]

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