Rhubarb Custard Tart

Rhubarb is a scrumptious ambassador for spring.  These days, it has attracted a cult following.  Among this veggie’s repertoire are sauces, preserves and desserts.   I love a tangy rhubarb pie!  However, a full-size pie is just about too big for our small family. The recipe below makes a tart–a much smaller dessert.  It is…

Pacific Wrenovations

The wrens have returned, and they love the bird house gourds we’ve put up for them.  We surrounded our outdoor seating area with gourds in order to get Nature’s surround-sound. Each gourd has a 2 inch or so sized bird hole angled toward the top, and the gourd secured to a limb or trunk. From…

Signature

I bought a 35 book set of Honore de Balzac  (1899)  for Number 1 Son. They came in three makeshift cardboard boxes–one was a re-purposed  Duraflame log box.  It is something to contemplate these 100+ year old treasures traveling across the US in a box once used for compressed firewood. They are bound in a tweedy cover:…

Avocado Greek Goddess Dressing

This dressing is very easy to make and is tasty on all kinds of salads, especially ones that have some substance in the flavor department.  Try it on an arugula, fennel and grapefruit salad.  It would also be a nice accompaniment to shish kabobs, roast chicken, a burger, grilled shrimp, or a fish taco.  My…

A Yokatta! Super Bowl Sushi

Of all the crazy things I could have done for Super Bowl food this year, I ended up with sushi.  The driving factor was that I had a small but pristine piece of salmon from Number 1 Son’s Alaska fishing job sitting in the fridge just begging to become gravlax or something else equally raw…

Easy Potatoes au Gratin

Often called scalloped potatoes and sometimes potatoes daphinoise, this is a simple dish that seems decadent. We had these potatoes recently when my family visited, and I realized that I’d never written the recipe down.  This is so simple.   The dish is rich and tasty, and it is a great dish to master for college…