Category Archives: Fall/Winter

Gingerbread Cookies

A holiday classic, as a kid I actually really disliked the taste of gingerbread.  It was the combination of sweet molasses and tangy ginger that was what probably turned off my young and unexperienced tastebuds.  Of course, like most children,

Gingerbread Cookies

A holiday classic, as a kid I actually really disliked the taste of gingerbread.  It was the combination of sweet molasses and tangy ginger that was what probably turned off my young and unexperienced tastebuds.  Of course, like most children,

Hot Chocolate

Ah…. There has always been a little debate over whether hot chocolate and hot cocoa are two different things, or one and the same. Well, I’m a bit of a Type-A personality so if you ask me, I would have

Hot Chocolate

Ah…. There has always been a little debate over whether hot chocolate and hot cocoa are two different things, or one and the same. Well, I’m a bit of a Type-A personality so if you ask me, I would have

Cauliflower Soup

Cold weather always calls for a bowl of soup. The great thing about a puréed soup is that it is fairly easy to make and much healthier than its creamed cousins. Cauliflower is a good vegetable to make into soup

Cauliflower Soup

Cold weather always calls for a bowl of soup. The great thing about a puréed soup is that it is fairly easy to make and much healthier than its creamed cousins. Cauliflower is a good vegetable to make into soup

Vegetable Gravy

In an effort to not deprive my vegetarian and vegan friends of the joy that is sopping wet gravy smothered all over your meal… This simple method of making a meat-less version came to me as I was boiling potatoes.

Vegetable Gravy

In an effort to not deprive my vegetarian and vegan friends of the joy that is sopping wet gravy smothered all over your meal… This simple method of making a meat-less version came to me as I was boiling potatoes.

Brussels Sprout Slaw

I love brussel sprouts. When people tell me they aren’t a fan, I always ask why and the most common answer is that the sprouts they usually eat are over cooked. Yes, over cooked brussel sprouts are not the most

Brussels Sprout Slaw

I love brussel sprouts. When people tell me they aren’t a fan, I always ask why and the most common answer is that the sprouts they usually eat are over cooked. Yes, over cooked brussel sprouts are not the most

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love my ice creams and will take any seasonal opportunity to keep my freezer stocked with a quart (or three!) of this creamy treat. Pumpkin is one of those flavors that comes with so many associations of Autumnal weather

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love my ice creams and will take any seasonal opportunity to keep my freezer stocked with a quart (or three!) of this creamy treat. Pumpkin is one of those flavors that comes with so many associations of Autumnal weather

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Stuffing is among the most comforting of comfort foods in the winter season. Traditionally made during Thanksgiving, but not limited to that sole holiday, I make this throughout the colder months since it is a simple one-pot type of meal

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Stuffing is among the most comforting of comfort foods in the winter season. Traditionally made during Thanksgiving, but not limited to that sole holiday, I make this throughout the colder months since it is a simple one-pot type of meal

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic-Glazed Bacon

These little mini cabbages have always had a bad rap, mostly because they are generally cooked to death- being boiled or steamed until they become gray and mushy, with a sulphuric smell. Brussels sprouts do have a distinct taste, but

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic-Glazed Bacon

These little mini cabbages have always had a bad rap, mostly because they are generally cooked to death- being boiled or steamed until they become gray and mushy, with a sulphuric smell. Brussels sprouts do have a distinct taste, but

Apple Pie

This is probably the most iconic, classic American dessert in our country’s edible lexicon. Every family has their own recipe and tradition in making this pie. For some, like my friend Dan, it is his way of signaling the arrival

Apple Pie

This is probably the most iconic, classic American dessert in our country’s edible lexicon. Every family has their own recipe and tradition in making this pie. For some, like my friend Dan, it is his way of signaling the arrival

Meatloaf

Ah meatloaf… one of the most comforting of comfort foods. I mean, it’s pretty hard to say resist the aroma of this roast wafting out of the oven. The best part? This meatloaf is packed with a fair share of

Meatloaf

Ah meatloaf… one of the most comforting of comfort foods. I mean, it’s pretty hard to say resist the aroma of this roast wafting out of the oven. The best part? This meatloaf is packed with a fair share of

Root Beer Braised Pork Shoulder Roast

One of my favorite cuts of pork is the shoulder. The shoulder is divided into two parts: Shoulder Butt (the upper portion), and Picnic Shoulder (the lower portion). Most markets will tell you which part you are getting, but some

Root Beer Braised Pork Shoulder Roast

One of my favorite cuts of pork is the shoulder. The shoulder is divided into two parts: Shoulder Butt (the upper portion), and Picnic Shoulder (the lower portion). Most markets will tell you which part you are getting, but some

Panko Chicken Paillard

I love making things that allow me to get physical. In this case, wielding a meat mallet! A paillard (pronounced: pey-yahr) is a French technique, and is essentially a piece of meat (traditionally chicken or veal) that has been pounded

Panko Chicken Paillard

I love making things that allow me to get physical. In this case, wielding a meat mallet! A paillard (pronounced: pey-yahr) is a French technique, and is essentially a piece of meat (traditionally chicken or veal) that has been pounded

Bûche de Noël (aka Yule Log Cake)

Literally translated, “Log of Christmas,” this traditional holiday dessert has roots that date back to ancient European traditions. It is fashioned to look like a yule log, which to celebrate the winter solstice, would be burned in the hearth for

Bûche de Noël (aka Yule Log Cake)

Literally translated, “Log of Christmas,” this traditional holiday dessert has roots that date back to ancient European traditions. It is fashioned to look like a yule log, which to celebrate the winter solstice, would be burned in the hearth for

7-Bone Pot Roast

The hardest part about making this pot roast is waiting for it to cook.  It takes only a few simple steps to prepare, but the slow roasting required to render it soft and tender to the bite is a wait

7-Bone Pot Roast

The hardest part about making this pot roast is waiting for it to cook.  It takes only a few simple steps to prepare, but the slow roasting required to render it soft and tender to the bite is a wait

Jook (Rice Porridge)

Jook is a dish that my mother used to make all the time.  It is a porridge with roots in the Chinese countryside, developed as a way to stretch an already low rice supply.  It was also traditionally eaten by

Jook (Rice Porridge)

Jook is a dish that my mother used to make all the time.  It is a porridge with roots in the Chinese countryside, developed as a way to stretch an already low rice supply.  It was also traditionally eaten by

Baked Chicken Legs with Carrots & Potatoes

Chicken is such a wonderfully versatile animal to cook.  I especially enjoy using the legs and thighs, not only because the dark meat tastes better, but it is also easier to cook.  It is not as lean as the breast

Baked Chicken Legs with Carrots & Potatoes

Chicken is such a wonderfully versatile animal to cook.  I especially enjoy using the legs and thighs, not only because the dark meat tastes better, but it is also easier to cook.  It is not as lean as the breast

Roast Turkey & Gravy

Turkey doesn’t have to be a traumatic ordeal. There are two crucial words to remember when making this holiday centerpiece: TIMING and BRINING. Timing: decide when you want to serve the bird and plan your time backward accordingly so you

Roast Turkey & Gravy

Turkey doesn’t have to be a traumatic ordeal. There are two crucial words to remember when making this holiday centerpiece: TIMING and BRINING. Timing: decide when you want to serve the bird and plan your time backward accordingly so you

Beef Stew

The great thing about living in San Francisco is that with our mild climate, we can eat just about anything year-round.  Take this beef stew for instance: such a hearty meal that is best enjoyed piping hot would not be

Beef Stew

The great thing about living in San Francisco is that with our mild climate, we can eat just about anything year-round.  Take this beef stew for instance: such a hearty meal that is best enjoyed piping hot would not be

Salty Crust Potatoes

This is a super easy preparation that can be made to eat on its own, or served as a side with dinner.  Although the name of these potatoes may lead you to think they are little sodium-loaded-ticking-time-bombs, they are not. 

Salty Crust Potatoes

This is a super easy preparation that can be made to eat on its own, or served as a side with dinner.  Although the name of these potatoes may lead you to think they are little sodium-loaded-ticking-time-bombs, they are not.