Within the past few days, I’ve cleaned out my local grocer of their supply of blood oranges. I can’t get enough of them. Wasn’t planning on doing anything in particular with them, save for enjoying them. Not everything needs to be blogged about, right? Well, that was a short-lived notion. When I sliced open the … Continue Reading

Today, homemade pasta therapy  — a quick and much-needed respite from the craziness of the world. There’s something therapeutic about homemade pasta. Perhaps it’s the joy of creating something by hand. Creating art in the form of food, thinking about how it will be presented on the plate (after all, we eat with our eyes … Continue Reading

Cheese is my weakness. Cupcakes don’t do it for me. Ditto for donuts. But give me a hunk of cheese and now we’re talking. One of my favorite cheeses is a raw, Basque sheep’s milk cheese, Ossau-Iraty, that I discovered at a farmers’ market in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France (before the start of my Camino de Santiago last year). … Continue Reading

  Was thumbing through Gjelina: Cooking from Venice California (based on Travis Lett’s Los Angeles restaurant of the same name). Hailing from the East Coast, I’ve not had the opportunity to dine at his restaurant. In delving deeper into Lett’s book, I became enamored with his recipes (maybe I’m a West Coast girl at heart; I love … Continue Reading

  I’m generally not all that inspired to cook in the winter. Maybe it’s just the winter blues or lack of sunshine? Don’t know about you, but from a flavor standpoint, I find it hard to get excited about beets (and other winter roots). Visually, beets show off brilliant shades of pink, purple, red, yellow, … Continue Reading