Charlie Trotter died this morning. Suddenly, unexpectedly, and much, much younger than the age my husband is now. (shudder) Mr. Trotter is one of my culinary heroes, and I was very much hoping to meet him someday. [In brighter news, our White Silkie laid her first eggs this week.] You see, Charlie Trotter never went […]
For me, the highlight of last weekend was a solo drive through the mountains, at sunrise, just so I could see the Autumn colors. (And, to take my puppy on his first five-mile mountain hike.) Hands down, it’s my favorite time of year. … Inspired by what I saw, I later roped the kids into […]
For me, Meatless Monday is a way to stretch my culinary muscles. Think outside the carnivore box. Mix it up a bit. And, after many weeks of attempting such challenge, I can safely say this: Easier said than done. Problem # 1: I like my swimmers. I definitely like my flyers. And I loooooove my grazers. […]
Photo: First Autumn sunset in Idyllwild this year. Also, a bird in flight. I get now why people have second homes. Especially in beautiful places. About once a year, I pack up the whole family (this year, it’s the husband, children, and dogs), and go someplace quiet for an entire week. And I pack an […]
And then all of a sudden, I see things differently. Not clearly. Just differently. Since making this announcement, I’m not just thinking about what tastes good anymore. I have to think about what looks good. What smells good. And then it has to be priced good, so I can make a profit. Does it fit […]
On a Tuesday afternoon, I left my husband, kids, and (most of) my dogs at home. And then I did something I’m quite certain I’d never done: I hopped into a car with someone I barely knew, crossed four states into a land I’d never seen, and spent five days in a place I didn’t know […]
Sometimes, I don’t choose breakfast. Breakfast chooses me. Specifically, last Sunday’s Travel section cover story in the local paper highlighted an area of the world that I was just in not two weeks ago. My trip to Southern Utah was amazing. And I mean that in the exact sense of the word: stunning, astonishing, even […]
We all have a past life, don’t we? Or is it just me? Every now and again, I think about my past life. I lived in Oregon. It rained a lot. I was (mostly) miserable. And I was convinced I had nothing in common with the food growin’, chicken totin’ hippies that looked like mop dogs […]
Let’s call this post: How to impress your house guest with a scrambled egg breakfast. … My spring garden pot with Tuscan kale and purple basil. The husband went out of town this weekend so a girlfriend stopped by to keep me company. In actuality, I begged her to sleep over because I didn’t want […]
About a month ago, I had the privilege of meeting Chef Johnny Prep while he was in town to teach local kids how to eat healthy. Johnny brought with him (from Michigan via checked luggage) not one, not two, but THREE different soups for us to try. One of them was a delicious New England style […]
Saturday morning, I fought eight aisles of parking lot traffic to score a front-and-center spot. And it was shaded. (!!!) I used every American dollar I had on me to buy two types of hummus, garlic dip, strawberries, and lemongrass. (The lemongrass was $1.50 for a bunch the diameter of a baseball. For those uninitiated, […]
Backyard parsley in the morning garden light. Happy Monday! On one hand, time changes suck. But on the other… it means we get more daylight, and more daylight makes both my edible garden and my backyard chickens very, very happy. We’re all very much looking forward to spring. …
The other day, I made a batch of carnitas. Actually, I made them twice… two days in a row. Both times, I scraped the bottom of the Dutch oven to get out the itsy bitsy pieces of pork that were stuck to the bottom. The #neverwasteanything part of me couldn’t bear to part with it. […]
There are a hundred (too many) recipes for how to make carnitas, and I’ve seen them all. Add orange rinds. Orange juice. Orange zest. Limes. Lime zest. Onion. Garlic. Milk. Sugar. Brown sugar. Cinnamon. Oregano. Cumin. Coriander seeds. Bay leaves. Marjoram. Jalapeno. Serrano. Pasilla. Chili powder. Tomatoes. Salsa. Hot sauce. Condensed milk. Liquid smoke. Garlic […]
I like potatoes. I like leeks. And I like potato and leek soup. But most of the time, I’m not a fan of the signature beige hue. Know what I’m talkin’ about?
Happy New Year! This year, we resolve to spend more time eating, drinking, and conversing with like-minded friends. And by like-minded, we mean people who like to eat, drink and be merry. And talk about food.
Of all the cookbooks you own, how many of them are actually good ones? And since we’re on the subject, what’s your definition of a good cookbook? Quite simply, for me, a good cookbook is a big cookbook. So here’s my theory: Nowadays, just about anyone can publish a cookbook (no offense to friends […]
Someone should smack me. In my excitement of developing and executing a special banh mi recipe that I could share with my group of food blogger friends, I sort of forgot to leave a sample at home for my husband. I should also confess that because I was running short on time, I also asked […]
For what seems like the forty seventh Sunday in a row, I had a late start. Rolling out of bed at 8:38 AM, I had exactly 22 minutes to brush my teeth, get some clothes on, comb my hair, make “something with tomatoes or zucchinis” for this months’ Food Bloggers Los Angeles (FBLA) meeting, and […]
It was still daylight when I arrived home from work. Even the dogs were surprised; they barked at me thinking I was the evil UPS man.