Yearly Archives: 2010

The Sea Ranch & Plans For 2011

Our time at The Sea Ranch along the wild Sonoma Coast – a very special place. Plus, changes are afoot for 2011!Read More >>

Homemade Nutella

The Season For Giving

Why buy Nutella when you can make your own? Here’s a grown-up version employing cacao nibs and a dash of ground espresso for added depth and texture.Read More >>

leek gratin

Let’s Lunch: Leek Gratin

Leek gratin: sweet leeks, bathed in cream and grated cheese brought to life with a dash of nutmeg and a few minutes under the broiler.Read More >>

Thanksgiving 2010: Begetting Traditions

Our first home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, courtesy of a menu from Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Around My French Table.Read More >>

Fall leaves blue rainboots


Cultivating gratitude for everything in life.

Sweet potato gnocchi with chanterelles brown butter and sage

Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Chanterelles, Sage

A new use for the humble sweet potato: Gnocchi! Paired with chanterelles, tossed in brown butter and dressed up with sage for a satisfying meal.Read More >>

carrot soup and chicharonnes

Let’s Lunch: Carrot Soup & Chicharonnes

San Francisco’s 4505 Meats gave me a bag of Chicharonnes at the Foodbuzz Festival. They made perfect spoons for this velvety thick carrot soup.Read More >>

Food Photography Workshop

I’m giving a workshop on food photography with the Digital Media Playground in downtown San Francisco. Join us!Read More >>

chef neal swidler popstars new orleans

New Orleans: Pete’s Pedal Pops & Popstars

Presenting Peter Seltzer of Pete’s Pedal Pops and chef Neal Swidler of Popstars: two creative individuals working to rejuvenate New Orleans’ food scene.Read More >>

From Alien to Resident

“This is to notify you that your application for permanent residence has been approved.” After three years, five needle jabs and navigating the beast that is US immigration laws and visas, we’re finally here. We’ve transitioned from ‘Legal Aliens’ to ‘Residents’. Which is a pity. I enjoyed referring to myself as an ‘Alien’. But this new status means: No more insane waiting times to clear immigration after a 16-hour flight. No moreRead More >>

Hollygrove market and farm new orleans

New Orleans: Hollygrove Market and Farm

A look at Hollygrove Market and Farm, a community garden and farmers’ market providing fresh local produce to New Orleans’ Carrollton-Hollygrove neighborhood.Read More >>

New Orleans

I am knee-deep in Photoshop, sorting through a whole bunch of pictures from our trip to New Orleans. We spent a whole week out there – M, for a conference, and me, getting to know the city beyond its French Quarter and bowls of gumbo. From urban farmer to bookshop owner to popsicle vendor to chef, across everyone I met, there was a tangible passion, a fierce loyalty and love for N’Awlins. Add to that a food scene that has found its second wind, a strong commitment to local and organicRead More >>

mousetrap open-faced grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and peppers

The Mousetrap & Bye Bye TLC Ranch

A chat with Rebecca Thistlewaite of TLC Ranch about the closure of their farm, and a recipe for open-faced bacon and grilled cheese sandwiches.Read More >>

A Pause

I spent last weekend in Des Moines, IA, at Niman Ranch‘s invitation for an appreciation dinner for their hog farmers. In brief, the trip was nothing short of inspiring – in large part due to the hospitality and warmth of Niman Ranch hog farmer Paul Willis and his family. Paul’s unwavering dedication to respecting the land and everything it provides is an essential part of who he is and how he relates to the people around him. You only need to observe how he greets friends,Read More >>

Big Sur Bakery

A visit to the Big Sur Bakery where we waxed lyrical about their strawberry jelly donut.Read More >>

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