Guest Post for Elaine: Bean Pascal (White Bean Soup with Toasted Sesame, Masa, Chayote, Cilantro and Mint)

Have you ever eaten heirloom beans, cooked slowly with nothing but water and maybe a bay leaf?  If it doesn’t sound too appetizing, scout some out . . . . you are in for a big surprise.  Here in California we are lucky to have easy access to Rancho Gordo heirloom beans.  Not only do they have an astounding number of beans including Red Nightfall,…

Post Christmas Post + Giant Bread Dumpling Recipe (Serviettenknodel)

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my blogging friends who have made this year beyond awesome:  Patty, Sofia, Sonal, Selma, Ngan, Suzanne, Jhuls, Angie, Nancy, Prudy, Margy and so many more!  I love you all!  Now, on to food.  When I saw this beautiful Serviettenknodel (“napkin” dumpling because it’s formed in the shape of a giant sausage, packed into a…

Roasted Tomato & Butternut Squash Soup

Yoga may have killed my burger mojo.

Pork Pie Now For Sale

  Well, that was fun.  You may remember my little post about winning at the KCRW Good Food 6th Annual Pie Contest with the Beer Braised Pork Pie that I named after our blogging friend Mr. Fitz and using Huckleberry Cookbook’s recipe for Beer Braised Pork.  I thought I might never spend 3 days on a pie again (braise pork, boil down braising liquid,…

Mushu Style Burger with Fig Scallion Sauce

Hi guys.  Happy National Mustard Day.  Are you ever surprised by how many National this and that days we have now for specific foods?  I am.  However, to commemorate I made a burger with some mustard and here I am hiding behind it, testing out the self timer on my new dslr camera. Today also marks 9 years that nary a drop of cheap…