Menus – OMG! Yummy Recipes, Stories, Inspiration for the Home Cook Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:11:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 36595977 Mini Irish Soda Biscuits with Currants, Caraway, and Thyme Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:02:49 +0000

Try these Irish Soda Biscuits as a mini alternative to a loaf of bread and a perfect pairing for your St. Patrick’s Day Irish Stew]]> 16 9735
Memory Flavors: An Edible Tour of an Unforgettable Birthday Bash Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:30:18 +0000

I just returned from three days on the Russian River celebrating two dear friends’ 50th birthdays. They threw their own party – inviting their friends and family to their getaway on the River, renting three other homes for the multitude of attendees, and then planning and cooking all the meals for the 30+ ravenous eaters. […]]]> 16 3477
Five Easy Recipe Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend Wed, 23 May 2012 22:24:38 +0000

Firing up the grill for the first time this weekend? Hosting or attending a neighborhood gathering to kick off the summer? Celebrating a graduation? Whatever the reason, most of us will be joining family or friends to soak up the warm sun and celebrate the end of school and the start of some much needed […]]]> 5 3259
It’s Almost Passover but I’m Playing with Flour! Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:55:24 +0000

With less than a week and half until Passover, I should be inspiring you with recipes for unleavened, flourless, matzo-based delectables, but instead I am in the kitchen playing with flour. For those of you who know me personally, it will come as no surprise that I am not following the dietary rules or doing […]]]> 14 2796
Five Easy Meal Ideas to Break Out of your Mid-Week Slump! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:08:01 +0000

When I was featured on TheSitsGirls web site on March 1, so many people requested recipe ideas and were desperately seeking inspiration to cook. As I survive this crazy busy week touring colleges with my son, I find myself struggling to get home-cooked food on the table. So I thought you might need a little mid-week […]]]> 14 2746
Get your Kids in the Kitchen! Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:33:06 +0000

Looking back on our two-week holiday break from the normal routine of school, driving, homework, driving, activities, driving and did I mention driving?, I realize my favorite moments of the holiday season revolved around eating or cooking with friends and family (big surprise, right!). But most impressive of all is what my kids and their […]]]> 17 2322
An Elegant Vegetarian Entree for your Holiday Meals Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:01:33 +0000

I must confess, I almost never have time to read the newspaper anymore but if I make the effort, it’s usually on the day the food section comes out. This strategy paid off for me last year when the San Jose Mercury News reprinted a wonderful recipe from Melissa Clark, food writer for the New […]]]> 14 2244
Braising Brisket – Perfect for Fall and Rosh Hashanah Wed, 28 Sep 2011 16:19:40 +0000

To be honest, I was not really looking forward to fall – colder weather, school carpools and homework, waning daylight – and then I remembered how much I love braising. Braising is a cooking method that involves long slow cooking of various kinds of meats in some type of liquid. If you love your slow […]]]> 11 1952
More Sunny Food for a Rainy Day – “linear caprese” photo featured in the LA Times Food section! Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:59:49 +0000

Yesterday I wrote about a wonderful spring-like dish — grilled steak and arugula salad — while the rain pelted against the window and the temperature dropped into the 40s. While I optimistically wrote about spring in hopes of creating some sunny weather mojo, another sign of spring sprang up in the LA Times Food section. […]]]> 16 1250
Blending Cultures and Food for a Great Fall Dinner Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:50:39 +0000

Last Friday night we had two families over for dinner. The families originally met through work so we were hoping to provide a relaxing comfortable environment for the spouses and children to enjoy a home-cooked meal and get acquainted. Our menu took inspiration from the windy, crisp days of fall but also the rich cultural […]]]> 20 776