Berkeley & SF Explorations, Week 2

Japanese tea garden in SF

Since I’ve been in Berkeley, I’ve… Eaten, a lot. Twice at Chez Panisse, plus some quite indulgent staff meals; matrimonio and other tapas at Cesar; the famous Caesar salad at Zuni Cafe; pizza and salad at Cheeseboard Collective; many a … Continue reading

Homemade Snickers

homemade snickers

This is a real thing. A decadent, over the top, real thing. Seriously, homemade snickers. I found this recipe on the beautiful Not Without Salt. Creamy peanut butter nougat. Salted peanut caramel. Chilled and cut into little squares, dipped in … Continue reading

Charred Maple-Mustard Brussels Sprouts

maple-mustard brussel sprouts

Another dish that’s super yummy on Thanksgiving, or any other day this time of year. Sweet, salty, tangy, dare I say gooey? My dad found this recipe in Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes, Techniques, and Tips for America’s Favorite Celebration. It came … Continue reading

Roasted Beets & Carrots with Cumin & Yogurt

roasted carrots & beets with yogurt

Going to keep this short and sweet. I’ll be doing a couple last-minute recipe blasts – yes, blasts – in the coming days until Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes, you know…procrastinate. Didn’t decide what I was … Continue reading

Ridiculous Salted-Caramel Cake

salted-caramel cake

On a warm November day, I suddenly was struck by an undeniable urge to make a salted-caramel cake. Not just any salted-caramel cake, mind you, but an over the top duckfat caramel cake. With rosemary salt. And local, grass-fed cream … Continue reading

Ginger-Golden Raisin Scones

scones on an autumn morning

Well, these just might be the tastiest, easiest scones ever. My friend Ren (who is currently in Thailand, adventuring and taking so many amazing photos) gushed about the wonder that is the Zuni Cafe scone. Judy Rodgers’ San Francisco restaurant … Continue reading

Peach-Saffron Jam & Ice Cream

peach-saffron ice cream

Ahh, this time of year. The best of end-of-summer crops meets perfect weather. The very last bit of peaches, peak foliage in the White Mountains, a final 80 degree day at the beach followed by a cozy sweater, fleece leggings, … Continue reading

Avocado, Beet, and Citrus Salad

avocado, blood orange, and beet salad

Oh, hello blog! Hello tiny little world! How lovely it is to remember this space exists. Le sigh. What a crazy month it’s been. Summer was beautiful, bright, at times both hectic and calm, and most of all, continuously delicious. … Continue reading