Tunitas Creek Organic Eggs

Mini Quiche Lorraine Appetizer in Egg Shell Cups

On September 11, 2013 3 Comments
In Meat, Savory Pastry, Tunitas Creek Kitchen

What to do with these gorgeous Tunitas Creek Organic eggs? How to preserve the color and shape without just handing my guests (at our very exclusive private event)… Read More »

Watermelon Radish & Mint Salad

Watermelon Radish, Fennel & Mint Salad with Lavender Vinaigrette

On September 11, 2013 1 Comment
In Chef Stories, Tunitas Creek Kitchen, Vegetables

I’m totally smitten with lavender right now. How can I not be? This is what greets me as I pull into the driveway at Potrero Nuevo Farm –… Read More »

Tarte au Citron

Tarte au Citron: Lemon Tart

On September 3, 2013 0 Comments
In Fruits, Sweet Pastry

“When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your darn lemons, what the heck am I supposed… Read More »

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Flaky Pie Crust

On August 31, 2013 1 Comment
In Pie Ranch, Recipes, Sweet Pastry

“Statistics are to baseball what flaky crust is to Mom’s apple pie” (Harry Reasoner) Call it what you will: pie crust, shortcrust, or pâte brisée – it’s one of… Read More »

Tarte Au Chocolate

Tarte Au Chocolat : Chocolate Tart

On August 26, 2013 6 Comments
In Sweet Pastry

Oh yes, this is a rich, silky, take-your-time-savoring-each-bite bittersweet chocolate dessert. I use pâte brisée (shortcrust) for the pastry shell with a pinch of extra sea salt to… Read More »

Wheat Berries and Roasted Onions and Fennel

Wheatberries and Wood Fire Roasted Fennel, Spring Onion, & Bacon

On August 26, 2013 3 Comments
In Vegetables

Wheat berries have become part of my regular repertoire when I cook at Pie Ranch. This ranch is named  for its layout that is shaped in two pie… Read More »

Fresh ham

Fresh Ham with Citrus Peel & Fennel Seed Herb Crust

On August 26, 2013 2 Comments
In Meat

Pie Ranch recently butchered one of their Berkshire pigs and I was lucky enough to get a fresh ham for our French Cooking on the Farm class. Although… Read More »

Tian Provençal

Tian Provençal: Summer Squash Sides

On August 20, 2013 5 Comments
In Vegetables

This is one of the most colorful French vegetable sides I know and a great way to use up summer squash that is dominating your garden. We made… Read More »

Leeks Vinaigrette: Poireaux à la Vinaigrette

Leeks Vinaigrette: Poireaux à la Vinaigrette

On August 20, 2013 0 Comments
In Vegetables

This is a great French bistro dish and makes a beautiful summertime side for just about any roasted protein. It also works on it’s own with the addition… Read More »

Salad de Betterave

Beet Salad: Raw, Roasted & Pickled with Lavender Vinaigrette

On August 20, 2013 1 Comment
In Vegetables

Beet salad is one of my favorites for its eye popping, show stopping magpie appeal. I like to prepare the beets three ways so guests can enjoy the… Read More »