Doughvember

The month of November has been dubbed “Doughvember” by the lovely ladies over at Pinch My Salt and Salty Seattle.  They have each created their own sourdough starters and, along with much of the blogosphere, have been creating scrumptious sourdough recipes and sharing them with us all. I am finally joining the party!  Remember when […] Read more…

Roasted Cauliflower

  I’ve been sick for the last week and haven’t felt up to doing much of anything. Including cooking or cleaning. My kitchen is a pigsty and the rest of my apartment is about the same. I did a load of dishes the other day and was completely worn out by the time I finished. […] Read more…

French Onion Soup

Well. Fall finally fell. I am so excited! I love, love, love this weather! I have been waiting for months (and was starting to get cranky about it) for these lovely grey skies, dropping temperatures, and moisture falling from the sky. What’s that? Oh yeah, I live in Southern California. Who knows if fall will […] Read more…

Crab Cakes

I love crab cakes. I order them whenever I see them on the menu. Crab is probably my favorite seafood and, really, what can’t be improved by frying? It is a delicate flavor that can be just as easily enhanced or disguised. I have had amazing crab cakes and I have had crab cakes that […] Read more…

Larry

This was written on Tuesday afternoon, August 30th, 2011.  I sometimes write just to write, just for myself.  After a few days of thinking about Larry I decided to share what I knew of him and how he touched my life. — I’m sitting in my living room having just gotten off the phone with […] Read more…

Watermarc

Like most restaurants in Laguna Beach, Watermarc is classy, trendy, and tiny. I wondered upon entering the establishment if they would in fact be able to accommodate my party of eight. We had an 8:30 reservation on a Friday night, and when we walked in there appeared not to be one empty seat in the house. They in fact […] Read more…

Happy Father’s Day

My dad lives 2000 miles away from me now, but there is still so much of him right here with me everyday. Of his four children, I am the only girl. A fact I love. My dad is very creative. He can draw, paint, write jokes, teach himself to play instruments, and do magic. My […] Read more…

Pan-Seared Scallops

A perfectly cooked scallop is a wonderful thing. Just crispy on each end, cuts like butter and melts in your mouth. A perfectly cooked scallop is hard to come by, even in upscale restaurants. I have had them in many restaurants, as a main course, on top of salad, mixed in with pasta, even grilled. […] Read more…

Happy Mother’s Day

My mom was my first culinary instructor. I grew up baking and cooking alongside her. I’ve written about that on here before. I still make her lasagna, pot pie, and one-skillet chicken dinner. Her chocolate chip cookie recipe is a very famous, back-of-the-package one, but people never believe that when they taste the cookies. People constantly […] Read more…

Margarita

Did you know that the translation from Spanish to English of “margarita” is “daisy”? Well it is. So I thought doing a margarita post for Cinco de Mayo was a good idea. I can see it now. My Spanish station cooking show would be “Margarita en Casa”. I would drink a margarita on every show […] Read more…

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