Recipes

Herbed Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Artichokes, Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto

April 26, 2015
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The last post, on Seven Simple Steps for Party Planning Success was all about a canape and cocktails party I had a while back. Funny thing is, while it was a great party, I was a bad blogger. I only took photos of the party and not of the prep work, nor did I write […]

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Seven Simple Steps for Party Planning Success

March 21, 2015
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Here at chez Former Chef, we’ve been known to throw a party or two in our time. Our New Year’s Day brunch attracts 30-40 people every year and we often do a 4th of July BBQ for about the same. These are not pot lucks either. Pulling off parties of this size with food that […]

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Kampachi Crudo with Citrus and Watermelon Radish

March 14, 2015
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A few days ago I saw an article come through my news feed called “If Cinderella were a Vegetable, She’d be a Watermelon Radish“. Never mind that the Kitchn is recycling 5 year old posts (what’s up with that?), it got me thinking…hey, I have a recipe which uses watermelon radishes! Last year I posted […]

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Penne alla Vodka; Old School Revival

March 7, 2015

I wanted to hate this dish because, basically, I must be a food snob. That’s the only reason I could think of when I asked myself why I didn’t want to make this recipe. There’s the vodka thing (I don’t really like it) but that wasn’t the real reason. It had to be something else… My […]

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How to Lose the Lawn and Create a Water-Wise Front Yard

February 15, 2015
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A good portion of the country is still buried under snow, but here in California we are facing an unprecedented drought. Water levels in reservoirs are at an all time low and the lack of water is starting to affect the agriculture industry, and thus, nationwide food prices. Last year we let our lawn die. […]

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Roasted Vegetable Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette

February 7, 2015
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Apathy. It’s a bitch. When I started this blog (five years ago next month), I was filled with all sorts of hope and promise. I wanted to show people that cooking didn’t have to be intimidating, that it doesn’t have to be hard. Then the blog took off; traffic increased, it got all sorts of […]

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