May 18, 2018

British-Inspired Afternoon Tea with an American Touch

If you're looking for a way to celebrate the Royal Wedding this Saturday, try hosting an elegant afternoon tea party. I suggest serving cupcakes, an all-American favorite, in honor of the princess-to-be*. According to "All About Cupcakes" the cupcake is a bona fide American creation. Cupcake recipes originated in the 19th century; most were known as 1-2-3-4 cakes, an easy way to remember the ingredients required: 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour and 4 eggs. 

March 21, 2018

Foray into Wild Mushroom Foraging

{Recipe for Chanterelle, Leek and Gruyère Tart}

Trailhead at Salt Point State Park in Jenner (Sonoma County, CA)

I recently stepped outside of my comfort zone into a new level of outdoorsiness ... foraging for wild mushrooms on the Sonoma Coast. The weekend excursion began about 90 miles north of San Francisco with a jaw-dropping journey along Highway One. This dramatic route is punctuated by frightening hairpin bends along a sheer promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While holding my breath around each cliff-clinging curve, I admired the breathtaking views.