Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi with Garlic Confit, Tart Green Apple and Crunchy Red Cabbage

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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 […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Apple Cranberry Relish

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I prefer a rustic kind of lifestyle: I collect dishes in my sink, flour on my apron and chicken poop under my shoes. I like my edges sharp, my lines wavy and my dots splashed. I believe in guesstimates and rough chops. In handfuls I trust. Most of the time, I can get away with it. My […]

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

It’s a calm, still… almost warm Thursday night in Southern California. Hard to believe that in a few hours, a storm full of rain is supposed to drench us all. It has been a long, long year. We’ve renovated a home, raised a flock of chickens and adopted a second dog. I’m ready to close this baby out. Lucky […]

New Year’s Eve Contribution

We’re headed to Riverside tonight for a New Year’s Eve gathering: our contribution will be a winter salad with bleu cheese dressing. We’re choosing a blend of mixed greens with apples because that’s what’s growing out back, along with asiago, dried cranberries and walnuts, because we have them in the kitchen. Last 2009 harvest.   […]