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Quilts for Sonoma Fire Survivors

Quilts for Sonoma Fire Survivors Please note that all quilts have already found homes. When the Sonoma fires broke out in October 2017, I had to do something. I’m not built for firefighting, and I wasn’t able to donate money, but I had fabric, a sewing machine and a bunch of crafty friends with more […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies! (gluten-free)

Chocolate Chip Cookies Yield: 2 dozen large cookies Time Required: 45 minutes This is my answer to the need to bake homemade chocolate chip cookies. It doesn’t contain any complicated ingredients; just rice flour, nut butter and everything you would expect to find in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Wet Ingredients 3/4 cup (1 1/2 […]


Polenta I like polenta, but it needs a lot of attention, a lot of water, and it needs to cook a long time. It also benefits from some seasoning. This version is savory, and I would serve it with a flavorful meat dish and perhaps a little marinara sauce and cheese. You could also make […]

Seared Steak

Seared Steak The quickest easiest steaks to prepare are skirt and flank steaks. Both come from the cow belly, are relatively inexpensive and can be cooked quickly on a stovetop. This recipe calls for a rub of salt and pepper, but they are also delicious marinaded if you have the time. Unfortunately marinating doesn’t tenderize […]

Lacto-fermented Pickles

Lacto-fermented Pickles Pickles are the easiest of the lacto-fermented vegetable recipes, so long as you choose firm vegetables like radishes, carrots and cauliflower. Cucumbers are tender and fermentation tends to make them mushy and unappealing. You can combat this by soak your cucumbers in cold water for a couple of hours before starting the pickling […]

Herb Butter

Herb Butter Butter is yummy, but it’s shocking how amazing it is with a little extra something. If you want to make anything more delicious, just spread a little of this magic on top. This condiment can be used immediately or frozen and enjoyed later. Ingredients 1 stick of butter 1 clove of crushed garlic […]

Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons  This simple condiment is North African, although salt pickled citrus are popular all over of south Asia as well. I love to add a spoon of chopped preserved lemon to soups, braises, pasta salads or rub on chicken or duck before roasting. The texture of preserved lemons is soft and the flavor is uniquely […]

Chocolate Shortbread

  Chocolate Shortbread Cookies Yield: 32 cookies Prep time: 60 minutes This is a sophisticated chocolate cookie for those who love dark chocolate. The texture of these cookies is firm and the flavor is seriously chocolaty. I recommend making the whole batch at once, since leftover dough tends to get very hard in the refrigerator. […]

Summer Fruit Salad

Summer Fruit Salad Fruit salad is best if you use whatever fruit is ripest and in season. For example, add sliced strawberries in the spring, melon and peaches in summer Salad Ingredients 1 apple, cored 2 bananas 1 basket of blueberries, washed 1 small Hawaiian, or ½ a large Mexican papaya 1 bunch of fresh […]

A Comprehensive List of Herbs and Spices

A Comprehensive List of Herbs and Spices Herbs and spices are one of the easiest ways to make the food you cook more interesting. Just a spoonful of these aromatic plants will lend the flavors of the world to your meal. For example, the addition of basil, garlic and oregano will give almost any dish […]