shrimp and asparagus salad

Asparagus and Shrimp Salad

Asparagus and shrimp salad is a great way to use fresh spring asparagus. I heart San Francisco’s New May Wah grocery store! Spanning half a city block, this Asian mega-market … Read more

Truffled Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower appears, at first glance, to be the humblest of vegetables, too polite even to show off with a hint of color in its tightly bound florets. But a long … Read more

Artichoke and Fennel Caponata

For years, I lived in an apartment in San Francisco that was so small that in order for my husband and I to have another couple over for dinner, we … Read more

Addictive Pumpkin Soup

I was at a dinner party last night when the conversation turned to cigarette smoking. All the former smokers were commiserating about how it just got too darn inconvenient—and too … Read more

Coconut Avocado Ice Cream

If you’re a friend of mine, or a former co-worker, or just about any acquaintance I’ve dined with at a pot-luck party, there’s a very good chance you’ve tried my … Read more

Sweet potato casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon and Pecans

My mother’s sister, Janet, was quite possibly sweetest person I’ve ever known. A pretty lady who had a kind word for everyone and always—and I mean that quite literally—had a smile on her face. But my mom used to tell me tales of the feisty and rebellious girl Janet was back in the day.

herring smorgas

Smoked Herring Smörgås

Smörgås are a diverse and adaptable traditional dish that look beautiful and are easy to make—simply pile squares of buttered dark bread with meat, fish, vegetables, cheese, eggs, herbs, or … Read more