Archive for August, 2014

Very Old Fashioned End of Season Fruit Pies

There is lots of fresh glorious fruit still in the markets, roadside vegetable stands, and farmer’s market even though it is September. Anyone with a backyard tree is at the place of giving away their bounty. The late summer fruit boasts lots of flavor from sweet and sharp to smooth and tangy. Beautiful ripe peaches, the first honey-sweet fall apples, the last plums, and tart berries give us a sense of the seasons as well as inspiration.

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Rustic Individual Peach Crostadas

Use peaches that are still firm. You will love this recipe.

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Chez Dining Room: Julia Child

Sometimes the fanciest kitchen/dining room by a famous designer is not the most captivating. This is Julia Child’s Dining Room in Cambridge, Massachusettes.

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Julia’s Potato Leek Soup Adapted for the Slow Cooker


Potato Leek Soup is the workhorse of the French kitchen and has sustained many a soul on a cold night. What is quite remarkable is that you put a potato, a leek, cover with water and it just cooks up…

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Julia Child’s Mustard Marinade for Lamb


One of the best marinades for lamb ever concocted. You won’t need another one–ever. From Julia Child’s most wonderful tome, The Way to Cook, which is the go-to gift for any cookbook lover you need a gift for. Julia considered this…

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Joyce’s Lemon Herb Marinade for Chicken

My friend Joyce Converse invited me to dinner one night decades ago at her rented home over the coastal range in rural La Honda. Joyce had her own set of power tools, that she really used for renovations and repairs, a great garden, and zest for living reflected in her plein air landscape painting.

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Doctor Up Your Ice Cream

I love ice cream. And considering the rash of ice cream books these days, everyone else feels the same way I do. You can play ice cream on any level–your favorite flavor at the supermarket or make your own. It really doesn’t matter. If you love the flavor, you are satisfied.

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