Sean Taggart’s Coq au Vin

I’ve made Coq au Vin before. In fact, I had a recipe that was my go-to for a year or so. Coq au Vin is my favorite Sunday dinner. I put on a movie or some music and pour a glass of wine and cook for a couple of hours. Everyone (read: Husband J and…

Zucchini Basil Soup

I know, I know…zucchini and basil aren’t in season quite yet, but in California’s central valley it sure feels like they could be. Along the river the California poppies are all in bloom, as well as the Spanish Lavender in my garden. It’s only April but I’ve got all of the windows open and it…

Lessons learned – Whole 30

I walked in to work 6 weeks ago, on inventory morning, and my boss gave me a big smile and said, “What’ll you have? I’m buying you a coffee.”  I laughed and said, ‘I’ve given up coffee for 30 days.” He got scared. I mean, he really looked terrified, and he waved his arms in…

Turkey Meatballs….errr…nevermind….

Sometimes recipes, like life, don’t go the way you planned. Good God that sounds pretentious! Let me take a minute to stop laughing. But actually, I had planned to make Turkey Meatballs. Ground turkey, diced green onion, diced yellow onion, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, egg, salt and a healthy amount of oregano. It will…

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

We have this really wok that was a gift from my sister. Really nice. And sadly, we never use it. Until tonight! In an attempt to eat more vegetables and spend less time in the kitchen I thought maybe we should try using the wok. We got broccoli in our csa box, and the store…

Summer Squash and Corn Soup

I stole this recipe. There. I said it. We went out last week and I had a Summer Squash and Corn Soup that so good I had to steal it. Had to I tell you! To be honest, mine wasn’t as good, but it was still pretty damn good. I had actually thought of asking…

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil

Despite the “Summer is coming” threat of 100-plus temperatures (hello August!), this really is an amazing season in the central valley. The stores and farmer’s markets are full to bursting with everything, and it’s really easy to eat healthy. Of course, I say that, and then have wine for dinner. (What? It’s made from grapes!)…

Berry and Peach Cobbler

Local peaches have started coming in to stores and farmer’s markets in the central valley. I have a love/hate relationship with peaches. I love the way they taste, but I am completely freaked out by peach skin.   Do you eat the skin, do you peel it off and lose all of the fruit that…

Zucchini Vichyssoise

It’s summertime in California so that means….zucchini in the CSA boxes. Lots and lots of zucchini. Yes there are a million things you can do with zucchini and they don’t all involve a spiralizer (insert snarky eye-rolling here), I hate all of them. I have, in the past, grilled it, made ratatouille, made “noodles” for…

Sharba Libiya

My friend H has this way of making friends feel like family, and that’s never more clear than at Ramadan. Her Instagram posts of friends joining her for a late dinner (sunset isn’t till 8:30-ish here) and the amazing food she serves are inspiring. One such pic, of a soup, had me completely obsessed and…

BBQ Ribs and Coleslaw

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been terrified of cooking ribs. Oh sure, there’s the fact that it’s pork, and undercooked pork is one of my great fears in life (kinda ridiculous as I don’t even eat pork all that much…and I’ve got a thermometer). Ribs just always seemed so complicated, but I found…