Backyard Bees Get a Lift

Backyard Bees Get a Lift

Bees are in the news: The New York Times reported yesterday, 28 September, the awarding of the MacArthur Foundation genius grants, one of which is to an entomologist at the University of Minnesota: Marla Spivak studies honeybees. And in my favorite section of the paper, the Tuesday supplement, “Science Times”, is an article about the […]

Backyard Bees Seek Shade

Backyard Bees Seek Shade

It hit 90 degrees F in San Francisco today. And it wasn’t just people who got hot. The bees, the garden, the people, none of us were ready for this sudden heat. I doubt it’s been above the low 60s in 8 weeks. In the afternoon heat, the bees nearly stopped flying and the squash […]

Spicy, Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy, Roasted Chickpeas

When you first sit down at San Francisco’s wonderful Mexican restaurant, Nopalito, you are given a small bowl of spicy, roasted chickpeas. I find them addictive. Thank goodness G eats only a few and lets me finish them. I’d not thought of making them myself though I see plenty of recipes online. I suppose I […]

Great Kitchenware for Less at Kamei in San Francisco

Great Kitchenware for Less at Kamei in San Francisco

Two friends and I made an expedition to Clement Street in San Francisco with its wealth of food-related shops. Our primary aim: Kamei, the Japanese housewares shop.

Late Season Fava Bean Soup

Late Season Fava Bean Soup

When the CSA (community-supported agriculture) box contained 2 big bags of fava beans, I broke my once-a-year-only fava bean resolution. Shelling and peeling can be so much work. Plus this year I’ve discovered fava bean greens—fava bean flavor without the work! This late in the season, the beans were very large. Instead of popping whole […]

Homemade Convenience Food

Homemade Convenience Food

Wind-ripped flower petals danced outside the window. Time for soup with no planning ahead. The freezer came to the rescue. A comforting, healthy, fast soup of homemade convenience foods chased the blues away.

Homemade sourdough crackers and flatbread

Homemade sourdough crackers and flatbread

I hate throwing out sourdough starter. It’s just flour and water, but it’s also alive—“full of little beasties,” as a friend described them. It doesn’t seem respectful if the beasties do not get to do their thing.

Grow Your Own Herbs, Chives the Harbingers of Spring

Grow Your Own Herbs, Chives the Harbingers of Spring

In the garden, a few chive plants have emerged, harbingers of spring. I mow them down and add them to scrambled eggs and salads. I can’t (won’t) include a photo of the garden as it’s in a state of undress. It’s undergoing renovations. Hopefully. When time permits. You know how it goes, good intentions and […]

Eeeuuu, Awww Growing Oyster Mushrooms at Home

Eeeuuu, Awww Growing Oyster Mushrooms at Home

When I went down to the laundry room determined to get rid of the nonproducing oyster muchroom log, I discovered growths that looked like a horror movie version of plantar warts! Eeeuuu.

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

I thought making minestrone was a long, drawn-out process that required advance planning, shopping, etc. But if I think about it as an opportunity to clean out the fridge and cook the soup in the pressure cooker, it becomes a quick, easy, satisfying and wholesome meal-in-a-bowl.


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About Penni

Over 30 years as a food and wine professional, writer, and editor.

Cookbook author including:
'The Tra Vigne Cookbook' for Michael Chiarello,
'The Basque Kitchen' for Gerald Hirigoyen
and 'BurgerBar' for Hubert Keller.

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