Spring

Black Pepper Cauliflower Salad
Black Pepper Cauliflower Salad - April 21, 2014

A friday lunch favorite - cauliflower florets doused in a warm black pepper and red onion vinaigrette, and tossed with nuts, apples, olives, and a bit of feta.

Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs - April 14, 2014

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

Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables
Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables - April 7, 2014

Back in the late 90's Vogue Entertaining + Travel was the Australia-based magazine I splurged for any time I came across it on the news stand. Today's recipe for silky, tender olive oil-braised spring vegetables was inspired by paging through one of the cookbooks Vogue published in conjunction with the magazine.

Mung Yoga Bowl
Mung Yoga Bowl - March 31, 2014

The kind of bowl that keeps you strong - herb-packed yogurt dolloped over a hearty bowl of mung beans and quinoa, finished with toasted nuts and a simple paprika oil.

Giant Lemon Fennel Beans
Giant Lemon Fennel Beans - March 18, 2014

Baby fennel, big white beans, sliced lemon, a honey-kissed in-pan white wine sauce, all finished with a shower of chopped dill.



 
 
 
 
Shredded Egg Salad
Shredded Egg Salad - March 4, 2014

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.

Horseradish Sauce
Horseradish Sauce - February 13, 2014

Inspired by recipes in George Lang's The Cuisine of Hungary - a simple, goes-on-anything horseradish sauce. It has been great twist to all sorts of basics - baked potatoes, egg salad, and any number of soups and stews.

Guacamole
Guacamole - January 30, 2014

To make great guacamole you have to go off-recipe. It's all about the in-between steps, decisions, and knowing when avocados are at their best.

Poached Eggs in White Wine
Poached Eggs in White Wine - November 7, 2013

Eggs poached in white wine peppered with minced shallots and herbs. A simple twist that immediately transformed the humble poached egg into something just a hint special and unexpected. Served over smashed avocado on toasted bread.

Avocado Spring Rolls
Avocado Spring Rolls - October 23, 2013

I'm posting this spring roll recipe from Morocco, they were much needed for the flight over. Rice paper wrappers with brown rice, tofu, avocado, chopped hazelnuts, and a slather of intense oregano sauce. Plus a few snapshots of the trip so far.

Tofu Amaranth Salad
Tofu Amaranth Salad - September 30, 2013

A good number of you were curious about the tofu and amaranth salad pictured next to those chive pancakes I posted a few weeks back. Here's the recipe. Thanks for your patience!

Chive Pancakes
Chive Pancakes - August 13, 2013

Whisper thin crepe-like pancakes made from brown rice flour, coconut milk, eggs, and sesame seeds. And my preference in pots and pans.

Avocado Coconut Oil Tartine
Avocado Coconut Oil Tartine - July 16, 2013

This tartine sandwich is tops - a slather of pure coconut oil topped with smashed avocado, and finished with garlicky toasted macadamia nuts, squash blossoms, and slivered scallions.

Miso Oat Porridge
Miso Oat Porridge - July 9, 2013

A simple bowl of toasted rolled oats finished with a bit of miso, then topped with a load of minced chives, walnuts, baby radishes, and a thread of cream. Also, a few snapshots from Los Angeles.

Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions
Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions - July 1, 2013

A quick sauté of yellow wax beans, golden almonds and pepitas, topped with threads of tiny micro scallions.

Saffron Raspberries
Saffron Raspberries - June 24, 2013

Beautiful raspberries tossed with saffron brown sugar, vanilla paste, olive oil, and toasted almonds.

Mung Bean Hummus
Mung Bean Hummus - June 4, 2013

To get the smoothest, creamiest hummus using chickpeas, you have to peel them. For creamy hummus, without the extra effort, I use mung beans instead. They work beautifully. Top the hummus with shallot oil, fresh chives, and za'atar.

Red Fruit Salad
Red Fruit Salad - May 20, 2013

A seasonal fruit salad made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and coriander brown sugar. Plus a few photos from QUITOKEETO.

Steaming Vegetables
Steaming Vegetables - May 14, 2013

A reminder of just how good simple, steamed vegetables can be.

Cilantro Salad
Cilantro Salad - May 7, 2013

Perhaps the best salad I've had in the past year. And, unless you absolutely loathe cilantro, you must try it. Simply cilantro leaves and stems tossed with a simple shallot-forward soy sauce dressing, plus peanuts, and asparagus. So good.

Ginger Coconut Milk Soup
Ginger Coconut Milk Soup - April 30, 2013

I posted a picture of my lunch the other day, and a few of you requested specifics - it was a spring soup made with a ginger & shallot coconut milk broth, spring vegetables, served over egg noodles.

Buttermilk Asparagus Salad
Buttermilk Asparagus Salad - April 11, 2013

Simple side - asparagus tossed with a garlicky buttermilk dressing, perky radish sprouts, lots of fresh cilantro, and a handful of cooked posole.

Cold Soba Noodles
Cold Soba Noodles - March 24, 2013

Cold soba noodles with a big dollop of ginger-scallion paste for the flight to Tokyo, plus pics from Japan, and a link to a few favorite spots in Tokyo.

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad - January 7, 2013

A beauty of a carrot salad - tricked out with chickpeas, chunks of dried pluots, sliced almonds, and a toasted cumin dressing. Thank you Diane Morgan.

Fennel Mushrooms
Fennel Mushrooms - October 1, 2012

A fennel mushroom recipe inspired by one of my vintage cookbooks, The Seasonal Kitchen by Perla Meyers. It's a simple, brilliant twist on everyday sauteed mushrooms with dill, chives, fresh fennel, and a kiss of creme fraiche.

Tarragon Oil
Tarragon Oil - September 25, 2012

Tarragon oil - one of my little secret weapons. Use it as a finishing oil on soups, as a component of anything bread-centric, and as a vinaigrette base. It's vibrant green with grassy anise notes, and just the sort of thing to keep on hand.

Parmesan Celery Salad
Parmesan Celery Salad - August 7, 2012

A breezy summer-spirited lunch salad made with celery, beans, and Parmesan. And a glance at my attempt at organizing some of my pictures into albums.

Kale Market Salad
Kale Market Salad - June 14, 2012

There's a pizza restaurant in my neighborhood that makes amazing salads. This one, for example, had farro, kale, avocado, carrots, fennel and a creamy green garlic dressing.

Nettle Pasta
Nettle Pasta - June 5, 2012

Nettles in a pasta with feta, sesame, almonds, and onion sprouts & a few pics from the Golden Gate bridge birthday fireworks.

Sprout Salad
Sprout Salad - May 24, 2012

One of the best salads I've made in a long time (mung bean sprouts, avocado, arugula, yogurt, almonds) & a look at the QUITOKEETO packaging.

Green Rice with Smoked Paprika
Green Rice with Smoked Paprika - May 15, 2012

The green rice recipe that got away from me - lots of spring produce, finished with smoked paprika and toasted pine nuts.

Rhubarb & Rosewater Syrup
Rhubarb & Rosewater Syrup - May 3, 2012

A beautiful ruby-hued rhubarb rosewater syrup. Perfect on (or in) everything from yogurt, spritzers, waffles, or oatmeal.

Avocado Asparagus Tartine
Avocado Asparagus Tartine - April 11, 2012

An excellent impromptu springtime lunch tartine: avocado smeared across toasted day-old slabs of sesame bread, layered with arugula and garlicky caraway asparagus + toasted pepitas.

Broccolini Salad
Broccolini Salad - April 5, 2012

Big bowl of green - broccolini tossed with big croutons, tons of scallion slices, mozzarella, toasted almonds, and a hit of serrano pepper.

A Simple Tomato Soup
A Simple Tomato Soup - March 6, 2012

A simple tomato soup recipe inspired by a Melissa Clark recipe - pureed, warmly spiced, and perfect topped with everything from toasted almonds and herbs, to coconut cream or a poached egg.

Wintery Spring Rolls
Wintery Spring Rolls - February 16, 2012

The spring rolls I packed for a flight from San Francisco to Paris - ginger-onion paste, brown sugar tofu, mushrooms, and herbs.

Toasted Four Grain Cereal
Toasted Four Grain Cereal - January 30, 2012

A hot, filling, wintertime DIY four-grain breakfast cereal that you can trick out with all sorts of different toppings.

Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs
Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs - August 15, 2011

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.

Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad
Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad - August 9, 2011

An off-beat pasta salad made with stuffed pasta, seasonal vegetables, and a spice-forward, golden sesame yogurt sauce.

Shaved Fennel Salad
Shaved Fennel Salad - June 22, 2011

This could very well be my favorite salad recipe from Super Natural Every Day - shaved fennel, arugula, zucchini coins, feta, toasted almonds.

Green Pea Soup
Green Pea Soup - May 31, 2011

A simple Indian-spiced green pea soup, and a few snapshots of things I'm bringing with me in a move up the street.

Spiced Coconut Spinach
Spiced Coconut Spinach - May 9, 2011

The perfect simple, spinach side dish - toast a few spices, add a pile of shredded spinach to the skillet, and finish things off with a burst of lemon juice and some shredded coconut.

Cucumber Peanut Salad
Cucumber Peanut Salad - May 3, 2011

We picked two new cookbooks to focus on in the 101 Cookbooks Library, and this recipe is inspired by a recipe from one of them. A refreshing chopped cucumber salad loaded with peanuts, spices, coconut, and chiles.

Farro and Millet Risotto
Farro and Millet Risotto - April 27, 2011

A few behind-the-scenes shots from the Whole Living magazine photo shoot. And a simple Farro & Millet Risotto that is easily adaptable based on what is in season.

Spring Pasta
Spring Pasta - April 17, 2011

A quick spring pasta made with leftover noodles, market vegetables, egg, and a bit of avocado.

Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice
Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice - March 8, 2011

If you're looking for a jolt something bright, invigorating, spicy and citrusy - this is just the thing. You steep grated ginger in a bit of sugared water, and then strain it into a lime & grapefruit juice blend. It's from the Rose Bakery inspired cookbook, which a number of us are cooking from in the coming weeks.

Black Sesame Otsu
Black Sesame Otsu - February 20, 2011

The Black Sesame Otsu recipe from Super Natural Every Day - soba noodles and tofu slathered in a thinned-out, salty-sweet black sesame paste, then topped with lots of sliced green onions.

Leek Soup with Dill Oil
Leek Soup with Dill Oil - January 29, 2011

A rustic leek soup topped with an electric green drizzle of dill oil and crunchy toasted almonds.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble - May 4, 2010

A simple spring crumble - rhubarb, strawberry, and a splash of port wine with a buttery black pepper, pine nut and oat crumble top. Sounds a bit fancy, but really, it couldn't be easier to make.

Carrot Almond Salad
Carrot Almond Salad - April 29, 2010

This particular salad came together on a whim - slender, barely-cooked asparagus and carrots alongside lots of deeply toasted almond slices, tossed with a jalapeno-cilantro drizzle.

Carrot, Dill & White Bean Salad
Carrot, Dill & White Bean Salad - July 15, 2009

Warm, coin-shaped slices of pan-fried carrots, white alubia beans, and chopped dill tossed with a tangy-sweet lemon shallot dressing. It tastes good the day you make it, even better the day after.

Orzo Super Salad
Orzo Super Salad - June 3, 2009

And orzo salad packed with nutritious ingredients - asparagus, almonds, feta, sprouts, broccoli, cucumber, and a zesty lemon dressing.

Grilled Fava Beans
Grilled Fava Beans - May 10, 2009

If you haven't tried grilled fava beans, you must! You can make them on the grill or in a grill pan. Toss them out onto a newspaper where people can dive in and make a bit of a mess with the pods and skins.

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake - April 26, 2009

An all-natural carrot cake recipe. It is dense, rich, rustic, walnut-studded and carrot-flecked. Sweetened with dates and ripe bananas, it doesn't need any added sugar beyond that. Topped with cream cheese frosting.

Asparagus Stir-Fry
Asparagus Stir-Fry - April 15, 2009

A favorite stir-fry recipe. Asparagus and tofu form the base, but it has quite a lot going on beyond that. You get a bite of tang from the lime, heat from the red chiles and fresh ginger, mint and basil cool things down, and a touch hoisin sauce gives you just enough sweetness to balance it all out.

Carrot Soup
Carrot Soup - April 8, 2009

A simple, weeknight carrot soup recipe finished with a thread of toasted sesame oil. You can leave it slightly chunky, or puree it until smooth - whatever your preference.

Spring Panzanella
Spring Panzanella - June 12, 2008

A spring twist on a panzanella recipe. This panzanella features asparagus, spinach, and peas with hearty, garlic and time toasted bread cubes.

Strawberry Panzanella
Strawberry Panzanella - April 17, 2008

A stunning, delicious sweet strawberry panzanella recipe. Bread cubes are tossed with a sweet brown sugar glaze, strawberries are mashed into a dressing, and it is all served family style.