Pastel de Azteca

I think this is a vintage 70’s recipe — my mother’s Aunt Allie’s recipe. Think of it as a type of Mexican lasagne.  At the time, it was quite the treat, creamy, chickeny, sort of enchilada-like. I added some onion and garlic for flavor, and just because.  I think my mom is craving those recipes […]

Giving Thanks for Salt and Turkey

So, we had a completely delicious Thanksgiving dinner this year at Mark and Tony’s. . . I mean COMPLETELY!  From the dry-brined turkey that was unbelievably tasty and the only way to ever make turkey again, to the mashed potatoes we made early and kept hot in a crockpot (thanks NPR!), and the Roasted and […]

Herbed Chicken Pot Pie Galette

Mmmmm!  I made this tonight — a recipe from one of my favorite cooking websites called White on Rice Couple — http://whiteonricecouple.com.  I’ve been vicariously living with Todd Porter and Diane Cu for a couple of years, now.  Their recipes are super  delicious, creative and so . . . cookable?  doable?  Satisfying!  Umami-ish!  and Beautiful! […]

VIVA MEXICO Black Bean and Corn Tacos!

Who needs pork when you can make the most delicious tacos with black beans and corn. I measure taquerias by a complicated formula involving the deliciousness factor of their carnitas tacos. But since I decided I would like to live past 2015, I’ve been going meatless five days a week. I’m not completely sure that […]

Yogurt, Aleppo Pepper and Lemon Marinated Chicken

Simple.  Delicious.  Tons of flavor.  So grab a lawn chair, arm yourself with barbecue tongs, and GRILL THIS CHICKEN!  Super easy to make, packed with flavor and the perfect amount of heat.  This recipe will make Aleppo pepper your new best friend. Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper, easy to find at Penzeys spices or Whole foods, […]

Barley Beef Soup with Vegies

I’m back to cooking after several months of not being taste anything.  I’ve made this two weekends in a row — super easy to make — and I have lunch and dinner for a couple of days. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1  1/2 pounds beef chuck steak or roast, cut into chunks, 1 medium […]

Red Chile Short Rib Tacos

Okay.  These are seriously the best tacos I’ve ever made.  Michelle, Lindsey and I went to Tacolicious on Chestnut Street in the Marina a few weeks ago, and I had a short rib taco that was crazy delicious — even with limited taste buds.  This recipe is from Bobby Flay — and every recipe I’ve […]

Polenta Baked with Corn, Tomatoes and Basil.

I’ve been a cooking maniac the last two weeks.  My tastebuds are back after chemo, and I’m so happy!  I’m feeling so much better — back to normal! Susan made a fantastic dinner for Mom and me a couple of weeks ago before a concert at Davies.  This is a great summer meal because of […]

Tyler Florence’s Dad’s Meatloaf

The best meatloaf I have EVER eaten! Eh-heh-ver!  I made half of this recipe and had enough for 3 meals from it.  Use a meat thermometer to test the doneness — it should be about 175 degrees when it’s ready to come out. TOMATO RELISH: extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 2 garlic […]

Butternut Squash Panzanella

Serves 6 4 c. peeled and diced butternut squash (1/2″ dice) 1/2 cup + 2 1/2 T.  olive oil 1 T. chopped fresh sage gray sea salt (or whatever!  this is what the original recipe called for) and freshly ground pepper 1/2 lb. Brussel sprouts, ends trimmed, sliced in half 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced […]