Go-To Chicken Pasta

What makes a recipe one you come back to again and again? For me, it’s important that my people want to eat it again and again. And happily. No complaints! It needs to be delicious, flexible and convenient. I should be able to change it up on whim or necessity, depending on what vegetables are in the house. Sometimes it’s the celery starting to look a little weak around the knees and I have no broccoli. It’s nice to be able to listen to what’s calling out to you from inside your fridge ...

GoodHeart Now in Northern California Safeways!

Trying to juggle busy schedules and keep nutritious meals on the table is the constant dinner dilemma. In a fast-paced world GoodHeart Brand fully-cooked meats gives the home cook an ingredient option that solves both challenges. High quality, slow-cooked meats can go from package to table in minutes in simple salads, soups and more. Using your own recipes or inspired by ours, GoodHeart will enhance a stir-fry, sauté or baked dish. GoodHeart, a company already known as a respected supplier ...

Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

Making a delicious dinner that’s even better the next day is like time travel. The good kind of time travel, not the kind where you end up in the wrong era with no bathroom, or change history by accident and ruin the world forever. It’s the kind of time travel where you wake up in the morning and realize, “Today is the future and my future self is going to be eating the dinner my past self made.” It’s nice to know that your past self was perfectly happy to make this dish ahead of ...

Blackberry Celebration Salad with Chicken

Imagine. An early July morning. Small rays of sunshine prick flat ways through bushes because the sun is just showing over the horizon. I need to pick blackberries before I go to work AND before the rattlesnakes come out. I’ve heard stories....

Beef & Vegetable Soup in the Salad

July 1, 2016  |  Ahhh, at last a quiet night at home. Its just me, the dog and a backlog of the Night Manager to get through. When cooking for only myself I hate to make multiple dishes and wash more than one pot. Hearty veggie loaded soups always fit the bill on these nights. One night I was preparing to make a soup and a salad separately when I decided to combine the two in one bowl almost like a Vietnamese Pho. The combination is light, versatile, and very satisfying. Tonight I happen to ...

Chili Garlic Green Bean and Chicken Stir Fry

June 30, 2016  |  This week the wax and pole beans are coming in strongly. I remember that my son actually likes chili stir-fried beans at a local Chinese restaurant so I thought I’d try an adaptation to help deplete the big bowl of green beans that is on my counter. He loved them so much that he asked if I could cook them again tomorrow. Success! This one is getting written down. — Florencia

Chicken or the Deviled Egg?

June 26, 2016  |  It’s Sunday afternoon and I am too lazy to go to the market today. However I have just agreed to host my parents here for dinner. They want to grill a tenderloin they have but I am left in charge of the rest of the menu. What can I cobble together? I am still sitting on a mountain of zucchinis, a few cucumbers, and two dozen eggs from the chicken coop. So here’s what I was able to swing: Chicken or the Deviled Egg? appetizer, fresh cucumber salad, grilled zucchini with ...

Zucchini Fettuccini and Hand Pulled Chicken with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

June 25, 2016  |  Today I came home from being out of town for two weeks and the zucchinis were gargantuan. I also stopped by a farm stand on my way and bought some early season tomatoes. It’s a little early for tomatoes in Napa and they are not quite interesting enough to eat fresh in a salad, so I thought I’d incorporate them into a sauce instead. Here is the last minute dinner I whipped up after a long road trip and arriving home to an empty fridge. — Florencia

Quick Garden Chicken Stir Fry

June 15, 2016  |  Tonight Nico’s friend is coming over with her parents. The two kids are re-enacting an episode of Chopped Junior. They will be making a dessert each so we have large bowls of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and nuts prepared for their mystery basket. But I still need to feed them dinner before we start the competition. Quick garden stir fry is my time saving solution and of course cucumber salad since I still have so many of them ripe and needing to be picked. -- ...

Quick Chicken Fried Rice

May 28, 2016  |  A dear friend of mine is in town tonight and we are looking forward to catching up and gossiping like two girls who have not seen each other in ages. But before I can do that I need to whip together some dinner. I have finally cleared out the rest of the winter green garden and have a pile of mustard greens, scallions, and Gai Choy to cook with. One of my favorite things to do with fresh greens is fried rice so here goes — a night of greens and gossip. — Florencia