Summer Pasta Salad

THURSDAY Orecchiette with Zucchini, Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil & Bacon After days {weeks?} of  gray skies, heavy fog, mist and unseasonably cool temperatures, we were blessed today with abundant sunshine and warmth.  French doors were open all day and into the evening inviting in a gentle sea breeze which swept through the house filling it Continue reading → «Summer Pasta Salad»


Pantry Pasta

TUESDAY Spaghetti with a sauce of Bacon, Mushrooms, Squash, Red Pepper, Garlic, Shallot, Basil & Pine Nuts It was just the girls and I tonight for dinner as Michael is still on business in Tokyo and Max was visiting with friends overnight up North in Sonoma County.  I spent the day running errands in preparation Continue reading → «Pantry Pasta»


BLT Sandwiches & Chilled Corn Soup

TUESDAY Bacon, Arugula & Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches with Burrata Cheese  |  Chilled Corn Soup   OK…things have been getting a little crazy around here.  School may be out for the summer but our schedule hasn’t slowed down a bit!  Max’s freshman football team has workouts everyday which he only misses to play with his LL Continue reading → «BLT Sandwiches & Chilled Corn Soup»


Pasta Bolognese & Kale Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

MONDAY Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce  |  Chopped Kale with a Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette and Parmesan Cheese  |  Garlic Croutons   “On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” ― Mark Haddon As I Continue reading → «Pasta Bolognese & Kale Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette»


Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Pan Sauce

SUNDAY Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts  |  Mushroom Pan Sauce  |  Tabbouleh After all of the activity of last week, today was, finally…quiet.  Not a single alarm clock was set.  Michael was the first to awaken and, shortly after he made his way downstairs, the children and I followed, drawn to the kitchen by the aroma of Continue reading → «Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Pan Sauce»


Chopped Salad with Tomato-Buttermilk Dressing

WEDNESDAY Chopped Salad  |  Tomato-Buttermilk Dressing   A couple of weeks ago I purchased two gourmet food items from one of my favorite on-line, pop-up shops, QUITOKEETO… Being a fan of small-batch, hand-crafted foods, both the ketchup and the honeydew immediately caught my eye.  The ketchup {produced by The June Taylor Company in Berkeley, CA} Continue reading → «Chopped Salad with Tomato-Buttermilk Dressing»


Crispy Pancetta,Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches

MONDAY Crispy Pancetta, Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches  |  Fresh Cherries One of my favorite sandwiches is the classic “BLT” {bacon, lettuce & tomato} and the best time to enjoy one of these beauties is during the summer when heirloom tomatoes are hanging heavy on the vine.  My tomato plants {Julia Child and Paul Robeson} Continue reading → «Crispy Pancetta,Tomato & Burrata Sandwiches»


Pasta with Spring Greens, Bacon & Mustard Seeds

MONDAY Pasta with Sautéed Greens, Bacon & Mustard Seeds “When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.” ~ Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food   Simple cooking…what does that mean?  Years ago as a new wife Continue reading → «Pasta with Spring Greens, Bacon & Mustard Seeds»


Classic Club Sandwiches & Homemade Potato Chips

THURSDAY Turkey Club Sandwiches  |  Oven-Baked “Dirty” Potato Chips Once again this week, dinner luck was on my side.  When I planned this week’s dinner menu {last week} I had no idea how hot the weather would turn here in Northern California.  Last night we dined on, what James Villas {food critic for Town & Continue reading → «Classic Club Sandwiches & Homemade Potato Chips»

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Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice

TUESDAY Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice Yesterday afternoon & evening did not leave much time for a dinner post.  Baseball after school, followed by a quick trip to the orthodontist’s office, Michael returned home last night from business travel in Southern California, and some friends from Sonoma County stopped in for a Continue reading → «Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce & Rice»