Posts Tagged ‘summer’

I have been thinking about making homemade soda syrups for a while, and I finally got the chance while on vacation in Portland this summer. Given the season, I decided to capitalize on the fresh fruit of the season. I wanted to balance the sweetness of the strawberry with a bit of spiciness of the jalepeño.   […]


I have recently encountered several savory dishes featuring watermelon, which inspired this dish. The salad balances textures (the soft chewiness of israeli couscous, the crunchy bite of watermelon and the creamy feel of cheese) and flavors (the toastyness of the couscous, the sweetness of watermelon and the saltiness of the cheese), plus the fresh and spicy flavor of […]


Continuing with the theme of stone fruit, I wanted to experiment with making plum soda. I received a soda-maker as a gift at Christmas, and have been wanting to experiment with different sodas. Given my issues with feeling obliged not to waste, we first had to work our way through the icky syrups they provided […]


peach basil pie

22Jul12

As a thank you for some friends who helped us out in a pinch, I wanted to make a pie. Because of the season, I decided to make it a peach pie. I wanted to experiment with a peach basil pie because I know the combination goes well in salads and other savory dishes. It […]


As the days of summer whiz by, I realized I needed to take more advantage of the beautiful Northern California produce, especially stone fruit. I really like the combination of peach and ginger, so I developed this pie recipe. I chose a cream cheese crust to provide more structure for the bits of crystallized ginger […]


kale salad

15Jul12

This salad is often found in natural food store deli cases at upwards of $7 a pound. In reality, it is a cheap, quick and easy recipe to make at home. The secret is massaging the kale (read more here) which breaks down the fibers and makes the otherwise tough veggie edible without cooking. Enjoy […]


We were deep into a lazy summer Sunday when we started to make dinner plans. Given the heat, our need for a nap, and all the opportunity still left in the day (going to the pool!), we decided to order takeout pizza. I offered to make a salad, and felt inspired by the day to […]