I love to cook! I love to eat! I love interesting food!

I have been cooking for as long as I can remember. I want to capture here all the joy and discovery of the time I spend creating and experimenting in my kitchen...wandering and exploring the endless possibilities of good things to eat!

Meatloaf with Prunes

This is an old recipe.  I have tried many but like this one because of the prunes.  It is rich and flavorful. INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup whole milk 1 cup fine fresh bread crumbs (from 2 slices firm white sandwich bread) 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium celery rib, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, finely chopped…

Panzanella – Tuscan Bread Salad from Blue Apron

This is really good and Henry accidently made it even better when he added the pork sauce to the salad.  It was so good I had to make it again from scratch.  I made it with a meatloaf recipe I like instead of the pork.  I used the meatloaf drippings to saute the veggies and give it flavor but any…

Belgian Liege Waffles

Roger and I had the liege waffles at Moulin, a French cafe in Laguna one morning.  He suggested I try to make them at home for our neighbor Carol who was coming over for Sunday morning coffee.  They turned out so amazing!  I made the dough at night and let it warm up in the morning.  It took about 2…

Sausage and Egg Casserole with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Mozzerella

This always turns out delicious!  I even overcooked it last time and it was still amazing.  We had the Cairns over for coffee and liege waffles and I made this to go with it.  I couldn’t get sweet Italian sausage the night before so I used Jimmy Dean regular breakfast sausage that comes in the one pound tube and it…

Gobi Manchurian

This is such a cool recipe!  It took me a while to find out how to make it and this recipe nails it.  I have well documented photos because I always want to remember this recipe.  It comes from Saveur Magazine.  I first tasted this at an Indian/Chinese restaurant in Washington DC and loved it!  It is not that hard…

Tres Leches de Ron con Chocolate

INGREDIENTS For the cake: Butter, for coating the pans 3/4 cup water 2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process 1 3/4 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting the pans 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 pinch fine salt 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 5 large egg yolks…

Roasted Beet Marcona Almond Salad

INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 pounds medium red or golden beets, scrubbed and trimmed 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon light corn syrup Salt Pinch of cayenne pepper 1 cup marcona almonds (I used Trader Joes with rosemary, so good!) 1/2 cup fresh tangerine juice 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon…

Frosted Valentine Cookies – Tanner Family Recipe

I visited my friend Diane for Sundance this year in Park City.  During my visit, Diane told me how she made her daughter a book with her famous family recipes and this one sounded really good!  I decided to try it out for Valentine’s Day.  They were a hit!  The only change I made was that I added some natural…

Roasted Zucchini with Tomato, Garlic and Herbs de Provence

This came from an old “Cooking Club”.  Cindy Pereira made this and I really like the cool shape and simple preparation and great flavors.  I included it in a few past Thanksgiving meals and resurrected it this last Thanksgiving. Directions: Take each zucchini and slice through 3 or 4 times without cutting the stem.  Insert a sliver of sliced garlic…

Mushroom Cups East

This is an old old recipe I made at least 20 years ago and it seemed retro back then!  I made these to share with our friends Mark and Anne in Laguna.  We enjoyed ourselves outside last September around their firepit in their lush backyard with pomegranate gin and tonics and other yummy hors d’oeuvres.  It was a fun night…