Crunchy Cherry Chocolate Nut Cookies

featured2I had a potluck to go to, a road trip to plan for, and a cupboard full of nuts and fruits and flours in need of thinning. So here we are. Because I used palm sugar, the base cookie isn’t very sweet, which I like, but I added the white chocolate shwizzle because, like Everest…

White chocolate isn’t my favorite thing in the world. It’s not really chocolate. It’s a little weird. A little too sweet. And yet I buy it. But combined with the right stuff–nuts and fruits–it comes alive. Continue reading

Tea Tasting: Silk Road’s Green Mist

leavesI can’t enough of Silk Road’s teas. I’ve yet to taste one I didn’t love. I buy most of my tea at Rainbow Grocery, where there is a fabulous selection of bulk and boxed teas. The other night, while looking over a small shelf in a remote corner of the bulk tea section, a voice behind me said, “Ah… you’re going for the good stuff.” The Rainbow worker and I sat in silence, smiling and staring at all the gorgeous teas in their tiny jars… They parcel their more expensive teas into little cost-effective packets. The price per pound might be $100, but a little one or two ounce sachet is more than manageable. Continue reading

Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Greek Slather

Some of the best salads I’ve ever had were in steakhouses. The best of the best was in a Chicago steakhouse, and it was so good and so big I couldn’t eat the steak. It was a ridiculously expensive piece of meat, so we had them wrap it up and we toted it back to San Francisco… and gave it to the dog, who for several days was insane with glee over her good fortune. Continue reading