Celeriac and White Fish Chowder for a Windy Day

This morning was warm, calm and sunny — a perfect California winter day. Then whispy wind clouds appeared overhead…. … And suddenly we were in the midst of a mighty wind blowing a storm in from the Pacific. So I toodled back into the house, wrapped up warm and started thumbing through my favorite cookbooks. … Continue reading

Buttery Nutmeg Roasted Chicken with Chestnuts, Carrots and Parsnips

Buttery Nutmeg Roasted Chicken with Chestnuts, Carrots and Parsnips

  Skippy was having a hard day today. The lizards and quail have disappeared for the season taking with them his favorite past time apart from sleeping. Unable to rouse him from his faceplant position in the sun on our loveseat, I decided to woo him with his second favorite snack: chicken (his first being avocado… … Continue reading

Chinese Style Slow Braised Pork Shoulder

Chinese Style Slow Braised Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulder is one of my favorite cuts of meat. It’s flavorful and inexpensive, and you’d be hard pressed to mess it up. You can cook it all day with little or no attention required, and it’s always delicious no matter the seasonings because of all the flavorful natural fat and juices rendered while cooking. … Continue reading