• Comfort Food
  • Butternut Squash & Scallion Soup

    “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”  ―J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  This my friends is literally the fall and winter weather I […]

  • Comfort Food
  • Fall Vegetarian Chili

    “Eye of newt, and toe of frog,  Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,  Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,  Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—  For a charm of powerful trouble,  Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.  Double, double toil and trouble;  Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”  ― William Shakespeare  Who else is cooking up something deliciously […]

  • Comfort Food
  • Ribollita

    “We were fortunate in our sky, which was well veiled in clouds, and occasionally darkened by mists…every connoisseur in the beauties of nature will allow that, as a rule, clouds and very frequently obscurity greatly aide a landscape.” —James Fennimore Cooper on his preference of an overcast day to observe a landscape. I couldn’t agree […]

  • Ramen
  • Pho Ga Miso Ramen

    Ramen is my spirit animal but I suppose pho could be considered a spirit guide. These two soup genres somehow standout above all other soups I’ve had thus far in life. Something about the broth (which can vary greatly for ramen), the noodles, the aromatics—everything comes together in a way that causes me to momentarily forget […]

  • Comfort Food
  • Bloody Mary Soup

    Something magical happened the other day. I believe the thunder and lightening had something to do with it. You could feel the energy in the air—electric with potential. With the cold, stormy weather we’ve been having, I’ve been in soup mode. I’ve made a several soups this week alone. But the other day I was […]

  • Beef
  • Classic Beef Stew

    Christmas may be over but winter is still here and it’s easily my favorite time of year. Although a few cold days are usually the best I can hope for, rumor has it this year will be different. Allegedly, this will be Southern California’s long overdue “wet winter” thanks to El Niño…but we’ll see. They’ve […]