Rustic Tomato Tart

Free-form tarts are the savior of the unfussy cook. Unlike tarts baked in a pan, there’s no need to worry about trimming dough,...

Frosty Lime Sherbet

Temperatures spiked to over 90°F this week in Los Angeles and the Santa Ana winds are here. Winds like these - hot, dry,...

Zucchini Bread

This recipe makes a single beautiful loaf of walnut studded zucchini bread. And a sizable one at that. For years I would load...

A Favorite Rice Noodle Stir Fry to Make with Whatever Green Veg you Have

If you messaged me this week after I posted a badly lit photo of an exceptionally tasty stir fry on Instagram, this is...

Chocolate Dipped Biscotti

Sesame studded and heavily scented with crushed fennel seeds and chamomile, these chocolate dipped biscotti punctuated my espressos all week. They were the...

Chocolate Almond Swirl Cake

Buckle up everyone. I'm going to counter all the recent bean recipes with a birthday cake. It was Wayne's birthday this week and...

Homemade Refried Beans

If you've only had refried beans from a can, this should be the next recipe you cook. Homemade refried beans are a game-changer....

How to Cook Beans that are Tender, Creamy, and Nearly Perfect

This is a recipe I included in Near & Far in 2015 inspired by a trip to Italy a few years prior to...

Fluffy Pancakes

I first posted this pancake recipe it 2006, and figured it was time to elaborate a bit. It’s a recipe I use it...

Pasta with Creamy Crushed Walnut Sauce

This is the best thing I’ve cooked with the least amount of effort in the past month. Most of my lazy lunches never...