Sunset Season

I am entranced by the Sunset Season here in Southern California! While most people around me love the long leisurely days of summer, I am quietly and patiently awaiting the cooler days of autumn. The shadows become longer and the sunsets here in La Jolla, California become living artwork. It is this time of year when I truly connect with…

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Fermented Fig Vinegar

Finding a creative outlet that is both productive and satisfying is so important when I am working in my kitchen. I like to research and read as much as I can about certain processes before I start experimenting. In the case of this Fermented Fig Vinegar, patience and time yield an absolutely incredible end product. With an over abundance of…

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Creating the Life You Want to Live

I recently read an article by Melinda Gates on LinkedIn. In her article, “The Massive Hidden Cost of Women’s Unpaid Work”, she illustrates the huge, obscure and real costs of women’s unpaid work. This resonated deeply for me. I have never not worked! Although by today’s standards, some will never see me. I have been the invisible force behind many…

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End of Summer Days

As summer winds down and the shadows become longer, there are still many reasons to celebrate the season’s transition and transformation. For almost a decade now, I have been a fan of Il Palagio, the Tuscan home and winery of Sting and his beautiful wife, Trudie. I have watched, admired and learned so much from the transformation of a neglected…

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My Premier Cooking Class

Gnocchi Making  Recently I pulled out my Grandmother’s recipe for potato gnocchi.  Well, it really isn’t a recipe. It’s just some notes I took quickly years ago while watching her make them.  I can remember how quickly and effortlessly she pulled all the ingredients together.  She was a very petite woman who always wore a smile, even when she didn’t…

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