Hami Melon & Avocado Salad

On September 7, 2014 4 Comments
In Chef Stories, Faz, Fruits, Recipes, Vegetables

Hami melon is my latest and greatest discovery of the summer. It’s sweet & salty like cantaloup. Crisp & juicy like watermelon. And refreshing and delicate in color… Read More »

Baklava at Faz Restaurants

Cooking with the Legendary Chef Faz

On August 10, 2014 9 Comments
In Chef Stories, Faz

No, I’m not drowning in some self-afflicted pool of despair – that is not why I haven’t posted in eons. Quite the opposite, I am now the Executive Corporate… Read More »

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Cooking Classes at Pie Ranch!

On April 29, 2014 2 Comments
In Uncategorized

Are you interested in cooking organic just-picked produce and preparing local and sustainable meat & fish in a farm setting? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Come cook with me… Read More »

Rosé poached salmon, lemony Parmesan Cream, Pommes Anna

Rosé Poached Salmon, Lemony Parmesan Cream & Pommes Anna

On April 21, 2014 10 Comments
In Fish, Recipes, Vegetables

I missed posting this for Easter – good thing Mother’s Day is right around the corner! How about rosé wine poached salmon infused with herbs and sauced with… Read More »

Chorizo & Feta Stuffed Calamari with Marinated bean salad

Chorizo & Feta Stuffed Calamari with Tuscan Bean Salad

On April 16, 2014 10 Comments
In Fish, Meat, Recipes, Vegetables

Maybe it’s the abnormally hot weather in SF, but I’m craving food that is:  tangy, spicy, salty, juicy and fresh– nothing manicured, or tweezed to perfection, or ridiculously… Read More »


Roasted Beet & Cara Cara Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette

On April 3, 2014 9 Comments
In Fruits, Vegetables

I’ve got to squeeze in the end-of-Winter-citrus recipes before Spring blankets us in sweet peas, strawberries, and rhubarb! There are many types of blood oranges, but only two… Read More »

Nopales and Delicata Squash Quiche

Nopales & Delicata Squash Quiche

On April 1, 2014 8 Comments
In Recipes, Savory Pastry, Vegetables

This post concludes my love affair with nopales. Yes, my little prickly friend, we are done! I have used you up and now we must part. And same… Read More »

Spoonbread! It's a gluten free soufflé!

Spoonbread! (It’s Gluten Free)

On March 24, 2014 5 Comments
In Pie Ranch, Savory Pastry

This gluten-free cornmeal soufflé is without a doubt the most satisfying creation I’ve feasted upon since giving up all wheat products. I baked one off as a test… Read More »

Roast Pork Loin with Fresh Bay Leaf Prickly Pear Glaze

Roast Pork Loin with Prickly Pear Glaze

On March 20, 2014 5 Comments
In Fruits, Meat, Pie Ranch

Any excuse to use my last name in a recipe – and ‘Glaze’ really is my last name! As mentioned in my last post on nopales I am… Read More »

Heirloom carrots from Pie Ranch

Heirloom Carrot & Nopalitos Green Salad

On March 18, 2014 9 Comments
In Pie Ranch, Vegetables

I’m officially announcing my new favorite ingredient: nopales!  I’m having tons o’ fun with edible beaver tail cactus and its fruit (prickly pear or ‘tuna’) since it grows… Read More »