Baked Penne with Italian Sausage and Creamy Ricotta

This is my favorite comfort food this year.   You can make it any way that works for you, but it is only sublime with homemade ricotta which takes only 3 minutes of active time — 15 minutes of just letting it sit in a sieve to drain — and which tastes NOTHING like that […]

Brined and Roasted Rosemary Chile Almonds

Sweet and spicy crispianity! My addiction to nuts dates back a zillion years  to Sundays in Evreux, France.  I somehow got a job at age 12 playing the organ at the chapel at Evreux-Fauville Air Force Base.  Father Driscoll must have been desperate.  My mom would drop me off for the early mass, give me […]

Moroccan Chicken, Preserved Lemons and Olives

My last day of cooking in Mark and Tony’s great kitchen in Sonoma, so I wanted to showcase some spices from The Savory Spice Shop–Tan-Tan Moroccan Seasoning, Saffron and Preserved Lemons.  And I’m off to do a little chopatta, so I can get this in the oven.   SERVES 4–6 INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp. kosher salt, […]

Las Paletas

My new summer obsession.  More photos this evening as I’m limping out to pick up my mom to scout art galleries.  I’m channeling my inner Mexican here with my new popsicle/paleta mold that works perfectly. My first batch were strawberry for Addie, but when she wasn’t able to get to Sonoma, I was only able […]

Asparagus, Lemon and Walnut Pasta

I think this took just 15 minutes altogether–and I was good.  I didn’t include bacon or pancetta . . . but it would have been so easy to do!  The creamy (no cream, no butter) asparagus sauce made this taste like thousands of calories.  Five stars!   8 ounces dried spaghetti (or pasta of your choice) […]

Slanted Door Shaking Beef

Ever since Mary and I took a Vietnamese cooking class in Portland years ago, I’ve loved Vietnamese food.  Pho Van in the Pearl District was one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Oregon, and since moving to California,  I love eating at the Slanted Door.  I don’t get to go as often as […]

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 […]