Beth’s Blog

Very Old Fashioned End of Season Fruit Pies

Sunday August 31, 2014

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

Sunday August 31, 2014

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

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Chez Dining Room: Julia Child

Sunday August 24, 2014

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

Sunday August 24, 2014


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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Fast and Easy Focaccia Flatbread

Sunday August 17, 2014

Recently I was invited to an open house and wanted to bring bread, but didn’t have time to make it from scratch. So this was my opportunity to use Bridgeford Ready-Dough, easily found in the freezer department of all supermarkets. I had used the frozen ready-made loaves when I first started baking when I was still afraid to make a dough from scratch, but not since and was curious to see if it was still a good alternative to homemade.

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Frozen Bread Dough Focaccia

Sunday August 17, 2014

baked focaccia with fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt

Sometimes you want fresh bread, but don’t have time to make it from scratch.  So this the opportunity to use commercially made Ready-Dough packaged by Bridgeford, easily found in the supermarket freezer…

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Marinades 101: The Savory Summer Treat

Sunday August 10, 2014

When grilling (as well as roasting or broiling for that matter) meat, chicken, fish or vegetables, marinating is essential. We all collect at least one or two great marinade recipes. They also add flavor to meat and help keep everything moist.

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Julia Child’s Mustard Marinade for Lamb

Sunday August 10, 2014


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

Sunday August 10, 2014

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

Sunday August 3, 2014

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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