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…

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!)…

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…

Grilled Pork Chops

Pork chops are tough. No really, they can be tough. Which you’d know if I’d ever served them to you. I love pork chops, but I’m not very good at them. One thing you can say about me, I don’t give up. Well ok, sometimes I do (ask me sometime about trying to knit…there was lots…

Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki and Garlic-Herb Oil

Friday night’s dinner also came courtesy of The Mediterranean Table, so that cookbook has already paid for itself. Friday is the night I’m least likely to want to/have the energy to cook. I’d planned this one out, but made one tiny error.  The recipe calls for using a rotisserie pre-cooked chicken, but because I work…

Spanish Tortilla

This is California: you say tortilla and the assumption is you’re talking about the flat bread, not the egg and potato and whatever-else-you-want-to-add pie.  It’s another take on the egg dish-as-dinner. I got this week’s version from The Mediterranean Table (that book is proving its worth).   Here’s a great substitute recipe from Sunset. Like…

One Pot Pasta

I had plans for something different last night, but getting up at 2:30 for work, too much coffee and not enough water left me NOT wanting what I’d planned. Luckily, what I’d planned was very adaptable. One pot pasta recipes are all over the place right now. Maybe it’s a pendulum swing back from all…