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Mini Cheese Cakes

We were watching Jacques Pepin the other night and he made a mini-cheese cake / souffle that really looked interesting. Jacques is another of my most favorite chefs. No pretense, no huge ego – just really good, sound cooking and technique. I really like ...

Summer Salads

The first day of Summer deserves a salad for dinner. It’s a celebratory meal for a celebratory day. It’s the longest day of the year – but 30 years ago, it was the end of labor and what my sister-in-law, Debbie, probably thought of as the lon...

Bean and Wheat Berry Salad

It’s just a couple of days before the official start of summer, but the weather is a...

Polenta con Ragù di Carni Bianche

That sounds so much more impressive than polenta with a white meat sauce, doesn’t it...

Spaghetti

We don’t seem to eat a lot of spaghetti, anymore. We both love it but Nonna no longe...

Tourte Milanese

We were watching an old episode of Baking with Julia the other night and chef Michel Richa...

Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Tonight’s dinner is brought to you by Cooking Light Magazine. I had dropped my subsc...

Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken

I have been watching Jacques Pepin on TV since his very first show. I love his food, his s...

Sunday Scones

Sunday scones are becoming a bit of a tradition around here… They’re quick and...

San Francisco Sourdough

It’s 84° outside – that’s 29°C for the rest of the world – perfe...

Golden Beets

Just on the other side of the sweet potatoes are roasted golden beets. They are the beets ...

Walnut Raisin Bread

What fun to be back in the kitchen! It’s been a fun week with Victor cooking –...

Pesto Chicken

It’s Victor’s first week of retirement – and we’re eating better t...

Broccoli Cheesecake

I love my emails from La Cucina Italiana. In fact, they may be just about the only non-fam...

Berry Cake in a Pie Plate

My original plan this weekend was to make a Bourbon Barrel Cake. I have to admit, that for...