In Uncategorized on July 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm

well hello again! thanks for stopping by, despite the deplorable lack of updates recently. it’s not that i haven’t been cooking, it’s that i just haven’t been posting. so here’s a smattering of what i’ve been up to in the kitchen.

a raspberry-balsamic trifle.


when a birthday cake recipe went horribly wrong, i salvaged what i could from it for a trifle. the raspberry element was from frozen berries (that were supposed to be in the naturally-colored pink frosting for the birthday cake) cooked down with a little balsamic to keep it tart and springy. otherwise i think the sweetness of the whole dessert might have been overpowering, but it turned out just right. the only other thing you need is a batch of creme anglais, which is a simple vanilla custard.

summery apps.



that’s jicama with cayenne, salt and lime juice, and watermelon and mango cubes with a garlicy cilantro sauce around the edge. brought to a cocktail party where the hostess was making guac, salsa and chips.

strawberry-rhubarb cobbler.


plus whipped cream. ’nuff said.

summer salad.


for dinner this night i went a little crazy on veggies at the farmers market – gorgeous red lettuce, fresh tomatoes, baby potatoes, green beans, early-season corn, all topped with some sardines and garlic croutons. no dressing needed. i wish i could eat like that every day.



  1. So happy you’re back. And so sad about your grandfather. Sus

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