Recipes

Aperol Spritz

An Italian aperativo that is not too sweet and not too sour with a wonderful flavor that hints of orange.  I love to serve an...

Pasta Amatriciana

If you have ever been to Rome, Italy, you surely have seen Amatriciana pasta on the menu.  It is a staple in Roman cuisine but has many different versions- adding...

german potato salad

In the summer, we dig up fresh potatoes from my vegetable garden in England.  It is one of the few vegetables that grow well year...

An easy refresher to water

Add a bit of flavor and color to you water carafe or pitcher with fresh mint, basil or cucumber.  Not only does it look lovely but the subtle flavor creates...

Wild flower centerpieces

Bring nature indoors with a massive display of wild flowers-whether you have access to some summer wild flowers in a garden or walk in the...

Apricot Italian Cornetti (brioche)

The Italian cornetto is a cross over between a French croissant and brioche.  It contains less butter than its French counterpart, making it slightly more dense, and definitely less rich....

Sliced oranges with cinnamon

I was first served this for dessert at a restaurant in Portugal.  At the time to me it was pure genius.  So simple and bringing two delicious flavors together in...

salmon with fresh pesto

Fresh pesto can be delicious on a variety of different fishes but works especially well with a luscious piece of salmon fillet.  The spicy, bright...

Lemon parmesan baked chicken

What can make a chicken breast more interesting?  This recipe takes chicken to a new level with the sharp flavor of parmesan cheese offset by the freshness of lemon. I...

Lemon risotto with a dab of pesto

Incredibly delicate with the perfume of lemons.  A beautifully balanced dish that brings forth the essence of each ingredient work in harmony.  This recipe is delicious and creates a dish...

Orzo with roasted eggplant

Orzo is one of those hybrids of pasta and rice that works well with so many meals.  This recipe is great for lunch but most often I use it as...

Longing for asparagus

When asparagus is in season, the long, thin and delicious vegetable makes for the perfect companion to any grilled or roasted meat or fish or served on top of a...

grilled halloumi cheese

Halloumi is a delicious cheese to be served either as a starter course along with other classic mezze dishes, or as wonderful side dish, just...

Oh my, lemon & basil sorbet

When lemons are ripe in California, my friends know I love using them and send me dozens straight from their gardens – my sister Joanna’s from Sonoma, my friend Bernadette’s...

swordfish with tomatoes & olives

Fish.  Many people are afraid of cooking any type of fish because there is a tendency to overcook it.  To this I say do not be afraid! The key is...

Easy Cacio & Pepe Pasta

I have been making this pasta forever and am never disappointed.  With just a few ingredients – pasta, cheese, butter, olive oil, salt and ground...

Gyoza with dipping sauces

You do not have to makes these from scratch because there are so many good ones in the freezer section of grocery stores. I use frozen Gyoza from a local...

heart-y grilled cheese

A combination of hot creamy tomato soup and heart-shaped grilled cheese is not only good for Valentine’s Day but anytime you want to have some whimsical fun. When we moved...

simple is beautiful, rose centerpiece

Creating a striking centerpiece does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.  Every once in a while, I love the beauty and simplicity (and tradition) of red roses. In a...

lovey potatoes

These potatoes are a little novelty to make whenever you want to send a little love. Yes, heart-shaped sliced potatoes…you are seeing correctly. You can...

perfect buttermilk pancakes

Ahh, the pancake…fluffy, scrumptiously decadent round cakes cooked in a pan and then stacked on a plate.  Pour over some maple syrup and all the flavors come alive. The New...

place setting, Zen style

You can create an interesting table with a bit of thought, some creativity and not too much time.  Here I set a table for a friend’s birthday lunch and used...

cucumber and mint yoghurt (mast-o-khiar)

There are many renditions of yoghurt and cucumber recipes including those with mint, dill and even pistachios.  In Indian cuisine you have Raita, in Greek you will find Tzatziki, and...

vietnamese chicken salad

Now this is a really good salad with its crunchy, salty, sweet and tart melange of flavors. The first time I made it was in a class with a cookbook...

the best ever key lime pie

Ahhhh….key lime pie is creamy and tart and creamy and delicious, and the recipe is a real showstopper. Making the pie could not be more simple, and the cookie crust...

creamy tomato soup to love

What a delicious way to show your love.  Creamy tomato soup is surprisingly satisfying, and the heart-shaped croutons add a fun, loving way to make it...

tres leches cake

Three milk cake, or Pastel de Tres Leches, is one of the most common cakes in Latin American.  Similar to mole, the cake recipe differs slightly by country and also...

lazy (s)mashed potatoes

Who likes peeling potatoes?  I often make these potatoes when I do not want to bother to peel the skins of potatoes and want something slightly different (and lighter) than...

spiced up lamb Koofteh

I have made a lot of meatballs with beef, turkey, pork, and veal but Persian cuisine introduced me to the lamb meatball.  Each region has a different name for its...

mexican black beans with garlic

Black beans.  The staple of diets in most of the southern hemisphere and packed with protein and fiber. You can make this recipe from dried beans, which some people say...

horseradish sauce

A complement to so many dishes, I continually use this recipe for both meat and fish dishes.  It is super simple to make and adds a kick of flavor to...

basic but beautiful rice

What more is there to say about a well-cooked bowl of rice?  Simple, pure and such a perfect companion to a variety of dishes. I have a variety of different...

simple green salad with fennel

This salad is extremely simple and full of flavor.  The fennel is what makes it so good….well the fennel and really tossing the salad with seasoning. I think the key...

butterscotch pot de creme

I’ll admit this recipe sounds complicated and rather fancy but despite the French sounding name, these “puddings” are relatively simple to make and delightful to taste. Your biggest challenge for...

simply delicious mini frittatas

Super easy and perfect for a crowd or less during brunch, breakfast or lunch, and so much lighter than quiche. Mini or cupcake size, the frittatas can be partially prepared...

let it crumble crumb coffee cake

Who doesn’t love crumb cake?  Maybe it is a little old fashioned but that’s what makes it even more wonderful and heartwarming.  The crumbly sugar,...

hot or not avocado toasts

Avocado on toast is all the rage.  It is funny how you can find it almost everywhere.  I knew the world was mad for it when we saw it on...

the classic grilled filet steak

Grilling steak may take a few tries to master but the key is not to overcook, if anything, undercook because you can always cook it more. A good meat thermometer...

bright burst meyer lemon tart

I love baking but given the chemistry in the process, I rarely change a recipe I find.  Yes, I may add or change a spice, but the measurements and types...

fabulous fish cakes

Fish cakes are delicious for a light and flavorful lunch or a starter course.  Slightly unexpected and always appreciated, it is hard to go wrong with this recipe. The only...

perfect balance of flavors

fresh and traditional guacamole

This recipe is from a cooking class, Flavors for Mexico, I took at La Cocina Cooking School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Guacamole recipes...

making it slowly – cooked carnitas

Mexican food is ideal meal for casual, fun get-togethers, especially if any kids are involved.   Fresh Mexican food is a crowd pleaser and carnitas are delicious and super easy.  The...

It’s pesto

Fresh basil has such a strong, wonderful fragrance.  It fills a room with its aroma and just begs to be put into some amazing dish. Liguria is a region in...

tiramisu di Alessandra

My very good friend Alessandra is from Padua, Italy and a fantastic cook.  Actually, both she and her husband, Luigi, are incredible hosts.  An invitation...

rich and warm french onion soup

Having returned from a cooking class called ‘French Cooking at Home” at Sur La Table in San Francisco, I was reminded how delicious a hot, steamy dripping-with-cheese French onion soup...

all american chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are almost like vanilla ice cream, maybe considered a bit bland, not very creative and somewhat ordinary.  But not only do I love vanilla ice cream, I...

a perfect pasta Bolognese

There are hundreds of different Bolognese sauces but this one is my favorite.  The use of two different type meats, using pork or veal along with the beef, makes the...

roasted kale with chickpeas

Roasting kale, as in this recipe, makes a wonderful side dish, complement to fish or meat and even a tasty snack.  You can complete all the steps many hours before...

coconut rice

The coconut milk in this recipe adds just a hint of sweetness- not too overwhelming but nicely perfumed. This recipe adds just a light hint of coconut to the taste....

honey soy roasted salmon

I don’t remember when I first started making this dish and it has been changed and adapted over the years. Salmon is such a hearty, flavorful fish making it ideal...