Pasta, Rice & Grains

Super Summer Somen Salad  (Cold Noodle Salad)

Super Summer Somen Salad (Cold Noodle Salad)

During the summer I find this thought running through my brain quite often..”hmmm, it sure is hot, what should we do for dinner?  I don’t want to turn on the oven or stand over a hot stove. I just want something light and refreshing and satisfying”. […]

Corn Porn (Sweet Corn Pesto with Pappardelle and Zucchini)

Corn Porn (Sweet Corn Pesto with Pappardelle and Zucchini)

Ha, bet that got your attention!  It was a bit sneaky and underhanded but I think you will thank me in the end.  Summer means fresh corn on the cob.  For as long as I can remember we have been cooking our corn in a […]

Anatomy of a Breakfast Bowl (Char Siu & Egg Over Rice)

Anatomy of a Breakfast Bowl (Char Siu & Egg Over Rice)

I love Sunday morning breakfast. Unlike the Monday through Friday grind when breakfast is on the go or often the forgotten meal, weekend breakfasts are leisurely and quite the production. Waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and homemade buttermilk biscuits or if we are feeling ambitious, puffy […]

Mom (Won tons)

Mom (Won tons)

My mom came down and spent the week with us recently.  She is 93 years old and still lives in San Francisco in the same house I grew up in.  Her memory has faltered and her cognitive skills have diminished but she soldiers on.   I […]

You Had Me at Tomato (One Pan Pasta)

You Had Me at Tomato (One Pan Pasta)

Every year Wes, the garden guy in our house, plants tomatoes.  We pick out a mix of cherry tomatoes and heirlooms and usually by this time we are enjoying fresh vine ripened tomatoes. Our jaunts to the weekly farmer’s market include plums, nectarines and berries but […]

A Pasta for All Seasons- Spring (Tomato, Arugula & Bacon)

A Pasta for All Seasons- Spring (Tomato, Arugula & Bacon)

I love noodles.   Who doesn’t?  A plate of  gooey Mac and cheese (Kraft), spaghetti-o’s or Mom’s lasagne could be found on our table as often as a steaming bowl of won ton noodles or plate of chow mein. Today, living in the Bay Area, my noodle choices seem […]

A Pasta for All Seasons – Summer (Sesame Noodle Salad)

A Pasta for All Seasons – Summer (Sesame Noodle Salad)

Summertime!  My shameless attempt to catch your eye for this post…a photo from my vault, a summer evening in Santa Barbara, nothing to do with pasta.  Oh well, did it work?  This is a perfect summer potluck dish!  It can be made the night before, […]

Look Ma…No meat! (Wild Mushroom Pasta)

Look Ma…No meat! (Wild Mushroom Pasta)

My family loves meat but every now and then I can fool them and serve a dish without the carnivore stamp on it.  The secret ingredient is mushrooms!  Mushrooms have a nice meaty consistency that works well as a substitute.  We make portabello burgers, stuff […]

The 3Jamigos Favorite Pasta Sauce #1

The 3Jamigos Favorite Pasta Sauce #1

  What kid doesn’t like pasta?  My kid’s favorite spaghetti sauce is from Patricia Well’s Trattoria cookbook, a collection of well written, easy to follow Italian recipes, nothing too fancy just delicious, homestyle classic meals.  Meat sauces (Ragu’) generally require hours of cooking but this recipe calls for simmering […]