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

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

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

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

Beautiful chicken, carrot and fennel salad.

chicken salad with carrot and fennel | writes4food.com

Here’s my idea of the perfect lunch: bright, clean, fresh tasting, with equal parts protein and vegetables. It’s one of my go-to salad-in-a-jar lunch recipes. Use leftover grilled or roasted chicken in this salad recipe; the vegetables and light vinaigrette are super easy to make. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Baby kale caesar salad.

baby kale caesar salad recipe | writes4food.com

When I spotted a bin full of beautiful purple and green baby kale at the farmers’ market recently, the farmer and I agreed it would make a terrific caesar salad. And it did. Of course, you could use the traditional romaine lettuce, or do a mix of baby lettuces and salad greens like arugula. Don’t be afraid of the anchovy or raw egg — both are essential to caesar dressing. Give this a try while greens are still in their adorable baby stage. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Orzo salad with spring vegetables and herbs.

Spring orzo salad recipe

Of all the recipes in my “Findlay Market Cookbook,” a simple pasta salad is the one I’ve made most often. It starts with orzo (cooked in vegetable stock for flavor), and has the perfect simple dressing and tons of vegetables. What I love most is that it’s so adaptable; here, I’ve swapped vegetables and herbs from the original recipe to make a perfectly seasonal spring pasta salad. Get the recipe! Continue reading