Holiday Nut Crescent Cookies

The holiday season has begun and all the baking and cooking has commenced as well.  My super crafty friends Allan and Joanne make these heavenly Nut Crescent Cookies every holiday.  This is my second year getting them and they are divine.  Not only are they so tasty, they’re beautifully packaged …

A (not so) Lazy Dinner

What started out as a lazy dinner for two of soup and salad ended up in French Onion Soup, Kale Caesar Salad and the jewel of the table, a new batch of fresh homemade Tartine bread. We also didn’t think it was enough food, so of course we had to …

Tartine Bread, Homemade

If you’ve had Tartine bread, you know there’s nothing in the world like it.  It’s just the right exact texture, crisp on the outside, fluffy with slight chewiness on the inside.  The taste is just divine. The problem with Tartine bread is scarcity, and if you know us, you know …

A Saturday Night Tuscan Feast

One of my favorite Tuscan dishes is Pappardelle al Ragu di Cinghiale.  I’ve became determined to make this sumptuous dish!  Last night was my second time attempting this and I have to say, the flavor and texture were super close to that time we had the dish in Siena at Osteria Enoteca Sotto le …

A Perfect Cup of Cappuccino, Every AM

Simply put, coffee is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  I’m in love with every part of it: the ritual, the smell, the habit and, of course, the taste.  I seek out coffee and identify a go-to-coffee shop wherever I go — the Arab world is a given, of course.  But there’s Colombia, Brazil, Spain, …

All About Saturday Mornings

When I’m in town and in a relaxed mood, I like to start a Saturday morning with a farmers market and end the morning with a spectacular brunch — most of the time at my favorite brunch place, Slow Club.  This past saturday was our first farmers market visit in …

Bresaola, Home Cured

Ever since Khaled tried bresaola in Boston, he’s been forever in love with this lean Italian-style cured beef.  Since Boston has a huge Italian community with many salumerias in the North End, bresaola was easy to come by.  Now that we’re in SF, bresaola is rare, very expensive and with …