Golden Beet, Ricotta, and Blue Cheese Ravioli

Pasta is one of my all-time favorite foods. It comes in such a wide variety of shapes and forms, how could one ever get tired of it? I went on a bit of a pasta binge inspired by a recent visit to one of my favorite restaurants, Union. Their off-menu porchetta is supposed to be…

Finding Bliss with a Morning Tisane Ritual

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” -May Sarton I recently started a new job that allows me to work with food in a setting that is steeped in art, nature, and history. I…

Creamy Broccoli Slaw with Bacon

Broccoli was not my favorite vegetable growing up. In fact, I still don’t buy it at the store. To be totally honest I only made this because it was delivered to my doorstep by Imperfect Produce when I forgot to customize my order. Peering into my box, I was surprised to find two large broccoli…

Fresh Plum Cake Featuring Imperfect Produce

  A couple years ago, a Facebook friend posted an article on Imperfect Produce, a new start up in the Bay Area, with the mission to reduce food waste. It pains me to see food thrown away, especially perfectly good food; but I’m embarrassed to admit that as much of a foodie as I had…

Chilled Cucumber Soup

Summer is in full effect here in So-Cal; with temperatures in the 90’s I’m very hesitant to do any sort of cooking that involves the stove or oven. Chilled soups are new to me, but I can’t remember ever tasting one that was bad on a hot day, so I figured I’d take my chances…

Crispy Yeasted Waffles

Ask what I want for breakfast, and I will ask for waffles. Don’t ask, and I will plead for them anyway. One morning, to hush my incessant waffle cries, Rob found a waffle house nearby. We’ve tried several of their sweet and savory ones, but my favorite is the creme brulee- a crispy waffle with…

Earl Grey Sugar Cookies

When I was younger, my mom and her friends would host regular tea parties- serious affairs where we would bring our own tea cups and saucers. I remember being about 9 or 10 years old and looking for just the right tea cup and saucer set which I felt truly reflected my personality. In preparation…

Beer Braised Brisket

Guess what I had for breakfast this morning.     Brisket and mashed potatoes! Heck yes! No regrets here. This is a bit of a Frankenstein recipe- the cooler weather has me craving all the comfort foods. All week I day-dreamed of a stew-y beef dish. I looked up recipes and found beer braising would create a deeper,…

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

I recently moved to a new office, and everything has been great so far- the account is interesting and a challenge with tons to learn, everyone on the team is nice, it’s 5 minutes from the beach, and there’s a Whole Foods within walking distance! The one thing I wish I could change is the two and…

Mexican Red Rice

Confession: I’ve never been a fan of plain white rice. I understand that rice is a staple that keeps many people fed and full, but in my personal experience with white rice it’s often unnecessary carbs serving as a vehicle for the real flavorful food. I mean, why would I want to eat plain white rice when…