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

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

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.