olive and artichoke tapenade

Easy Appetizer: Olive Artichoke Tapenade

Tiny Gualala, California is a gorgeous seaside town perched on the forested cliffs of the windswept Pacific coast, about three hours north of San Francisco (five if you’re motion-sensitive and … Read more

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

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.