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…

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…

Shanghai Surprise: Soup Dumplings

I stole that title; if you’re old enough to remember Madonna and Sean Penn were once married, you might remember they were in a movie together called Shanghai Surprise. I never saw it, but I heard it was terrible.  But I think soup dumplings can restore the title’s virtue.  They originated in Shanghai and if you’ve…

Keep It Simple: (Almost) Butterless Biscuits

Three months and three days ago I blew up my life: sold most of my belongings, packed up the rest and dragged my cat with me to San Francisco to be closer to family. There’s nothing like a 2,000 mile move to make you appreciate the value of simplicity. And simple I must be. After…

So Long Sourdough: A Love Letter

This week I said goodbye to someone who means a lot to me. He’s moving from Chicago to San Francisco to achieve all the goals he’s been working toward for the last twenty years. He isn’t a big part of my life but the spot he occupies in it is a space I protect no…