Zucchini and Cauliflower Casserole

Zucchini & Cauliflower Casserole is a combination of vegetables, cheese and crackers to make a delicious vegetarian one-dish meal or a side dish that isn’t too heavy but has all the integrity of your favorite comfort food. I love my job and all the people that I have the privilege and pleasure to work with…

Meyer Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

Meyer lemon and lavender shortbread is a delightful combination of California flavors mixed into a simple, eggless cookie dough. I love Chicago like a human being. I think it’s the greatest city in the world. It has art, culture, music, grit, and the people are unparalleled.   While New York City is narcissistically cool and San…

Meyer Lemon Soup

Meyer Lemon Soup is made with freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice, fresh sprigs of rosemary and cream for a bowl full of sunshine to brighten your gray winter days.   While the rest of the country is bracing for snow storms or cleaning up after them, California cooks are preparing for an overabundance of Meyer lemons….

Crushing Croissants: A Croissant Recipe for Beginners

Croissants are French pastries made with yeasted dough layered with butter. This recipe is designed to help beginners practice creating homemade laminated dough without committing to a full croissant recipe.   Croissants are humbling pastries. They’re flaky, buttery, delicate bread that can be made into sweet or savory snacks that you can find in any…

Eye on the Prize: A Practice Maple-Walnut Pie

Maple-Walnut Pie is similar to the classic pecan pie but this recipe captures the flavor of maple syrup without the shocking sweetness of the holiday favorite. There’s something magical about a pie contest.  Some of the most humble, least competitive people get mixed up in the anxiety that only a serious challenge can incite.  It’s…

May Gray: Kalefornia’s Summer Soup

Caldo Verde is a traditional Portuguese soup made with collard greens or kale, potato and sausage. The Grubstake has been serving it to San Franciscans to warm their souls and to cure their hangovers for more than 50 years.  While the rest of the country is getting ready for sunny days and sweaty nights, San…

State Desserts: Carolina Killer Coconut Cupcakes

These coconut cupcakes are my take on the Ultimate Coconut Cake from Charleston’s Peninsula Grill. The original recipe is made up of 12 layers of cake between sheaths of custard; this recipe takes all of the same elements and shrinks them down to single servings.  South Carolina is full of surprises, not least of which…

Curry Love

This recipe is not an authentic curry dish, rather it’s a combination of my favorite Indian/Pakistani dishes. It condenses the dishes so that I can have my curries without getting overwhelmed by the amount of leftovers.  My love for curry is about as deep as my love for cooking. Its use of vegetables, legumes and…

Bucking Tradition: Sunbutter Buckeyes

Sunbutter Buckeyes are a nut-free version of the traditional candy revered by Ohioans and those who don the Scarlett and Gray every fall. If you don’t know what a buckeye is, you’re probably not from Ohio. Buckeye trees are found throughout the Midwest, but Ohio appropriated the buckeye tree as its own and The Ohio…

The State Dessert That Never Was: Peach Galette

The peach galette is a free-form pie. It takes all the usual elements of a regular pie to create a rustic pastry that celebrates the Peach State’s finest asset.  I’ve been thinking about working my way through all of the state desserts — you know, with my own twist. I was going to  start with…