Pomelo Avocado Salad

Citrus season is here!  And good avocados are starting to show up, too.  Here’s an inspiration to use both of these wintertime gifts.   Enjoy! There is a beautiful array of citrus in season right now, including one of my favorites — the pomelo. If pomelo is new to you, you’re in for a treat. …

Apple, Fennel & Walnut Salad

I saw some beautiful apples in my produce market today — fresh from a local grower.  They inspired this updated twist on a Waldorf Salad. I swapped out celery for fennel bulb, and accented the anise flavor of the fennel with tarragon from my garden.  I lightened the dressing by using olive oil and lemon…

All Butter Pie Pastry

I’ve been on a pie making tear this year.  Cakes were easy for me, but I wasn’t as adept at making delicious, consistently flaky, easy to work, all-butter pie pastry.   I knew what I wanted, but struggled to make it.  I’ve used many different recipes over the years but none were what I was looking…

PB&J Smoothie

Calling all PB&J fans — this is YOUR smoothie!  It captures the taste of a childhood favorite sandwich in a grownup friendly (ie: less sugar) smoothie. I love it for breakfast before heading out on a bike ride, as it has a great balance of energy for sustained activity.  Peanuts* are a fabulous source of…

Fresh Lemon Bars

Lemons are ripe here in California, and the trees in my neighborhood are loaded with beautiful, yellow gems.  Here’s a recipe for luscious, tangy-sweet lemon bars with a buttery crust.  Enjoy! Fresh Lemon Bars Makes 24 bars For the crust: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups (10 oz) flour 2 TB […]

Double Persimmon Napa Cabbage Salad

It’s persimmon month, at least in my house.  I’ve got my first batch of dried Hachiya persimmons ready, and fresh mellow Fuyu persimmons on my counter.  I put the two of them together in a salad with savory, slightly bitter napa cabbage and it was a great combo. I lightly dressed the greens and persimmons…