limoncello

Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

cook up a gift!

The most treasured gifts are homemade — and these are not only treasured but scrumptious as well. Package your bounty in cute containers, which may be a ‘recycled’ bottle or jar, a holiday gift bag, a brown or white lunch … Continue reading

Roasted Tomatoes

The evenings here have turned cool, and I am itching to turn the oven on and get ROASTING! I still see beautiful tiny tomatoes in the market, and have just a bit of fresh basil left in my garden so … Continue reading

chili Colorado

Fall, football, friends — it must be time for warm, easy, super delicious tailgate food. Because there is still so much outdoors activities going on, fall is also the time to think about braising, the easy, nearly foolproof cooking method … Continue reading

fresh corn polenta

I need food that sticks to my ribs today! I LOVE polenta, and this time of year I have access to fresh corn, which makes it doubly delicious. I like to serve this alongside most any braised meat, today it’s … Continue reading

braising techniques

I LOVE all things braised — the meats melt in your mouth, and are so tender juicy and the flavor is incomparable. Molly Stevens, author of “All About Braising” (my go-to bible for this technique), says it’s what she does … Continue reading

peach plum burrata salad

This past Saturday, the first one of Autumn, was one of those days you just wanted to take a bite out of, and savor! We chose to spend our afternoon at Pike’s Place Market. Ahhh, it’s always inspiring to see … Continue reading

sake raspberry vanilla glazed scallops

I am regularly tasked with creating recipes to pair with specific wines for winemakers dinners. One of my favorites, as well as my students faves is this scallop recipe. It was inspired by a truly beautiful sparkling rosé wine, of … Continue reading

fresh corn

It’s that time again — fresh corn at the farmers market!! YUMM!! It is so tender and sweet. Of course, corn on the cob is am must, but I also like to turn my corn into more elegant sides, or … Continue reading