Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Pancetta

I love sautéing vegetables. Too often we fall back on old habits just because they’re familiar: cut open frozen bag of vegetables, pour into microwave-proof dish, read label and heat accordingly. Drain off excess water, ignore freezer and microwave burn, then consume as quickly as possible. No wonder kids (or adults, for that matter) won’t eat their … Continue reading

Barbecued Blackened Trout with Cayenne and Coriander

Barbecued Blackened Trout with Cayenne and Coriander

This recipe takes about 10 minutes from preparation to table, making it perfect for those nights when you’re absolutely starving and can’t stand to wait around for the perfect gourmet meal to materialize. Barbecued trout is not only fast and easy, it will confuse your taste buds who know they’re at home but would swear they’re … Continue reading

Herby Roasted Chicken Quarters

Herby Roasted Chicken Quarters

Despite my previous post extolling the virtues of my lovely hens, I do eat chicken, though I try to ensure it’s free ranging chicken, antibiotic and hormone free and not pumped with water and salt post-slaughter. Chicken is not my favorite meat, but that’s not to imply that I don’t like it. I enjoy tender, … Continue reading


Personality-Plus Poultry: My Plans Fall Apart

Note to the public: If you want to be responsible carnivores and raise chickens for meat, do yourselves a favor and choose a wild breed. At least, more wild than Buff Orpingtons. Inspired by the responsible animal husbandry touted by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Mike Robinson and other small farmers and cooks dotting the English Countryside, … Continue reading


Creamy Zucchini Soup with Smoked Ham Hock

Today brings with it a hint of autumn in the air. Hurrah! After what seems like months of scalding heat, our California sky is a blessed gray and I am thinking about breaking out my beloved knitted sweaters. Earlier I sauntered out to the chicken coop and found my baby chicks huddled together in a … Continue reading

Dover Sole with Butter and Capers

Dover Sole with Butter and Capers

Delicate, flaky Dover Sole baked with butter and caper berries is a classic quick dinner. The nutritional value of fish cannot be emphasized enough. We have all heard and read about the miracle of fish and krill oils — the positive effect omega 3 fats have on our vascular system, joint health, immunity and brain … Continue reading


Creamy Cucumber Salad

This classic salad is popular with apron fitted, whisk wielding Betty Crockers all over America, and with good reason. It’s smooth and crunchy with just the right balance of sour and sweet. It’s a staple at any picnic or potluck but I discovered how well this salad accompanies fish while spending time in Austria. Most … Continue reading