Superfood Tapenade

Superfood Tapenade


I cook a lot of simple meals. The type of meals California cooks occasionally get mocked for. You know the equation - a great ingredient sautéed with local olive oil and seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. Repeat. For example, this time of year, (as we've discussed) I cook artichokes once or twice a week, and I put all my focus and attention into picking out the best artichokes and then preparing them beautifully. I rarely use more than a bit of oil in the pan (after blanching), salt and pepper, and a bit of lemon zest to finish. I like the artichoke flavor direct and unobstructed, their outside leaves crisped brown in the pan. I leave it at that, without other flavors getting in the way. Increasingly, I find myself thinking this is a missed opportunity. Flavor aside, I should make an effort to boost each preparation...

Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad

Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad

A peanut noodle salad recipe featuring soba noodles punctuated with spring onions, tofu, peanuts, and asparagus. Serve it up family-style on a platter at a potluck, party, or buffet - it holds up perfectly at room temp.

A Few Words on How to Cook Artichokes

A Few Words on How to Cook Artichokes

A primer on how I like to cook artichokes. A lot of people are intimidated by the process, or they think it's not worth the effort. But with a little patience, salt, and fat - you can absolutely cook some of the best artichokes of your life.


Highlight: Favorite Egg Recipes

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

We had some beautiful deviled eggs leftover from lunch on Friday - this particular deviled egg recipe had an herb-flecked filling made with Greek yogurt and was topped with chive flowers and toasted almonds. I packed them, along with a big pot of soup, for an overnight with friends in Bolinas.

Shredded Egg Salad

Shredded Egg Salad

Shredded Egg Salad - made by shredding hard-boiled eggs on a box grater. It makes a light, fluffy, bright egg salad, and I must say, a nice alternative to chopped, heavily dressed versions of the classic.

Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs

Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs

A scrambled egg recipe taught to me by the lovely Lynn from Satsuma Press - herby cream cheese is the last-second finish that make these eggs simple but special.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Quick, clever, healthy breakfast ideas are something I'm always excited to discover. I landed on what I think of as new healthy breakfast favorite this week, and instead of simply sharing that recipe, I thought I'd list it off with a handful of other feel-good day starters.


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Favorites List (05.15.15)

Favorites List (05.15.15)

A new favorites list for the weekend - links, good reads & recommendations.

Asparagus Panzanella

Asparagus Panzanella

A simple asparagus panzanella - a quick, mustard buttermilk dressing accents good asparagus, alongside crusty shards of toasted bread, and a dusting of sesame seeds. Shred a hard boiled egg over the top and you've got an even more substantial meal.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

The green smoothie recipe from Tara O'Brady's new cookbook. An invigorating, bottom's up, morning kickstarter made from kale, almond butter, almond milk, banana, and pineapple.

Genius Kale Salad

Genius Kale Salad

There is a special kale salad recipe in the Food52 Genius Recipes cookbook. A single kale salad that ran the gauntlet, beating out all others, for a slice of limelight.