Monthly Archives: July 2013

Just The Leeks

Leeks are a bit intimidating. I used to read instructions on how to clean leeks and would steer clear of recipes with leeks so that I didn’t end up with the dreaded sandy, gritty, dirty meal resulting from improperly cleaned leeks. I now have no fear.  I disregard all the instructions for cleaning leeks and […]

MaryAnne’s Girlfriend Party Salmon

Girlfriends feed my soul. Hubby has been my best friend and love of my life for more than 30 years, but a night ending with girlfriends dancing on the table donning lace panties on our heads gives my life dimension and spirit.  (Matching, brand new, panties of course!)  My friends inspire me, motivate me and […]

Sarah’s Chilled Pea Soup

I find it very fortunate that I have never been a big worrier. It is not because I am smart or organized or efficient. I don’t worry because I am just too naive to ever think of  outcomes that I should be worried about.  I usually find out from other people that I should  have […]

Just The Beets

Sunday’s recipe that included roasted beets (Zucchini Pasta for Suzanne and Sheryl) prompted a few emails and texts from friends about roasting beets.  It made me realize that one of the things I love about cooking is that recipes can be created and altered in endless ways to suit our own tastes.  I thought I […]

Zucchini Pasta for Suzanne and Sheryl

Sometimes I forget how little I knew about food when I first entered adult life. Zucchini always brings it rushing back to me with the happy reminder that we all have to start somewhere.  Zucchini reminds me of Suzanne and Sheryl who were my college roommates and the friends that first taught me how to […]

Maili’s Orzo Salad

A few years ago I was invited to an old-fashioned dessert bake-off as the guest of a participant. Three amazing women in Santa Barbara decided that the time had come for the return of the bake-off, gathering a group of friends to submit their tastiest concoctions and compete for the prize.  When I arrived, I […]

Stoner’s Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

Today is my birthday so it is all about me today. I grew up Catholic.  I attended Catholic grammar school, Catholic junior high, and went to Catholic church on Sunday with all my Catholic friends from the neighborhood.  Those friends, my brothers, and my older sister all attended the local, single-sex, Catholic high schools. In […]