Passion Fruit Squares

Like lemon squares but better!  The custard has the texture of mango pudding and the passion fruit flavor is incredible.  These bars are really rich but worth it for a special occasion! For a 9″ pan of passion fruit squares (serves 32) you’ll need: 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 12 tablespoons butter […]

Pack a Pint of Pickled Peppers

Whenever I have more hot peppers than I need, I pickle the leftovers.  I use pickled peppers in cooking where I would use fresh – in soups, stews, sauteed dishes, etc.  Pickling retains the heat and adds a bit of tangy sourness. For this recipe you’ll need: Fresh hot peppers Canning jars (enough to hold […]

Refridgerator Dill Pickles

Home made pickles are so much better than store bought and they are really easy to make.  I like to make refrigerator pickles because I find that the hot water bath required by traditional canning softens the vegetables too much for my taste. These dill pickles are sour – which is just the way I […]

Basic Pickling Liquid

This simple recipe can be used to pickle all kinds of vegetables.  Add spices such as garlic, black pepper, dill or whatever sounds good. You’ll need: 3 cups white  vinegar 3 cups water 1/3 cup kosher salt Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir occasionally until […]

CSA Overload

or My Fridge Runneth Over I love our weekly CSA veggie box but there are some many weeks where we can’t consume everything.  I can’t stand the guilt of seeing something spoil so I’ve gotten proactive.  Within a few days of getting a new box I try to preserve a few items. The trick with […]

Pomegranate Molasses Champagne Cocktail

This simple cocktail is a tangy and slightly fruity, with just a hint of sweetness. For each drink you’ll need: 3/4 teaspoon pomegranate molasses 4 ounces sparkling wine.  Use any sparkling wine that you like to drink by itself; I like mine on the dry side. Spoon the molasses into the bottom of your glass […]

Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses are tart, fruity and just a little sweet.  A jar will last for months in the refrigerator.  I use pomegranate molasses in marinades, dressings and cocktails. For this recipe you’ll need: Pomegranate juice – I usually buy a 1/2 gallon of Odwalla juice for this recipe Bring the juice to a boil in […]

Passion Fruit Champagne Cocktail

Fruity and tart – this cocktail sounds more complicated than it is. For each drink you’ll need: 1 tablespoon passion fruit puree – I buy mine frozen from a Mexican grocery store 1/2 teaspoon honey – or more to taste 4 ounces sparkling wine Strain the puree into a glass and add the honey and […]

Sauteed Corn and Mushroom

On a recent visit to The Slanted Door in San Francisco we ate a yummy corn and mushroom salad.  We really loved the combination of corn, mushrooms and a little bit of sesame oil.  This is my humble attempt to recreate the dish. You’ll need: 2 ears of corn 1 1/2 cups mushrooms 1/8 of […]

Figs with Blue Cheese and Honey

This is a dish with a very favorable compliments-to-effort ratio.  The salty savoriness of the cheese contrasts nicely with the sweet fruit and honey.  It’s easy to eat an entire plate all by yourself. You’ll need 1 pint fresh figs 2 1/2 ounces blue cheese – I prefer one with a creamy texture.  I love […]