Pasta with chard pesto and creme fraiche.

pasta with swiss chard pesto and creme fraiche recipe | writes4food.com

Here’s another taste of California Wine Country cuisine for you: a bright, velvety, gorgeous pesto made with Swiss chard, enhanced with the creamy tang of creme fraiche. (Who knew?) Get this recipe for pasta with Swiss chard pesto, inspired by our recent travels! Continue reading

Radish and avocado salad with toasted seeds.

radish and avocado salad with toasted seeds recipe | writes4food.com

A recent trip to California provided tons of culinary inspiration! It’s such a cliché, but California cuisine is just so fresh, so flavorful, so simple. This recipe for a beautiful salad of radish, avocado and toasted seeds typifies this method of cooking. Nothing complicated about it, but it’s jaw-droppingly delicious. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Poached eggs and sweet potato bacon hash.

poached eggs and sweet potato hash recipe | writes4food.com

A recent trip to California’s Sonoma County and its lovely wineries and dining scene provided a ton of much-needed inspiration for new recipes — especially for dishes that are simple, seasonal and produce-centric. I’ll be posting several of these new recipes in coming weeks. First up: a fantastic sweet potato-bacon hash with poached eggs that’s great for brunch or “breakfast for dinner.” Get the recipe! Continue reading

Strawberry pie in a brown butter graham crust.

fresh strawberry pie in salted brown butter graham crust recipe | writes4food.com

We’re on the cusp of strawberry season, and I plan to eat as many local strawberries as I can, prepared in as many ways as I can, for as long as I can. First up: my grandmother’s classic strawberry pie, moderned-up in a salted browned butter graham cracker crust. Yeah, you’re gonna want to make this. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Awesome side dishes to make for Memorial Day.

orzo pasta salad with summer vegetables and fresh herbs | writes4food.com

So, you’ve got the whole grill thing figured out for your Memorial Day cookout: burgers, brats, chops, whatever. Now you need to focus on the sides. Skip the icky storebought potato salad and the greasy, overdressed pasta salad. Here are THE side dish recipes you need for your Memorial Day menu. Check ’em out! Continue reading

Whole grain salad with tomatoes and corn.

whole grain farro salad with corn and tomatoes recipe | writes4food.com

This recipe is inspired by a dish that a colleague many years ago brought to an office potluck. Some 15 years later, it’s still one of my favorite lunchtime salads, and a great side dish for grilled chicken, too. This fantastic salad features whole-grain farro, sweet vegetables, herbs and an easy balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Get the #recipe! Continue reading

Arugula green garlic pesto.

arugula green garlic pesto recipe

A glut of overgrown arugula in my garden — combined with some beautiful green garlic I scored at the farmers’ market — went into a big batch of spring arugula and garlic pesto this week. It’s fantastic over pasta, or as a condiment for grilled Italian sausages and new potatoes. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Spinach frittata with fresh herbs.

spinach frittata with herbs recipe | writes4food.com

Spring’s finest ingredients — farm-fresh eggs, spring greens and tender herbs — come together in this beautiful spinach-and-herb frittata recipe. We make frittata often; it’s a great Meatless Monday dinner option with fat slices of buttered toast and a glass of white wine. Get the latest recipe from writes4food.com! Continue reading

Dutch baby croque monsieur-style.

puff pancake (Dutch Baby) croque-monsieur style | writes4food.com

I celebrated Mother’s Day by making my mom a whole bunch of homemade goodies this weekend, including a zesty lemon tart and an antipasti spread. But brunch turned out to be the hit of the weekend, thanks to this Dutch Baby (puff pancake) topped, croque monsieur-style, with ham and Gruyere. Get the recipe! Continue reading