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Tomato and Chicken Galettes with Greens

10 Sep

Achieving success with combining the buttery, flaky delight of puff pastry with the juicy, flavorful tomato has eluded me for some time. Puff pastry doesn’t handle liquid too well and tomatoes in the summer are all about juice. Maybe the sun drieds would work, but I make an effort to avoid those jarred chewy bits as best I can. Also, this somewhat impressive effort seems to be a good one for entertaining but it doesn’t (*at least I thought) handle being made ahead too well and therefore necessitates some focus and fussing when socializing poses distraction. Continue reading

Rustic Bakery Opening and Meyer Lemon Chickpea Spread Recipe

30 Aug


This Friday, August 30th!

Original Location Re-Opening Post-Remodel and Expansion

It’s the story behind the motivation to create a food experience that is uncomplicated but has an added touch and that showcases the best of seasonal ingredients that make restaurants like Rustic Bakery the real deal. Continue reading

Ellen’s Nuts

1 Apr


These nuts are as addictive as M&M’s so between the two, Easter was an all day graze fest. I was given this recipe years ago by a friend who gives credit to someone I don’t know so to me, they’re just Ellen’s Nuts. They’re great to nibble on when having people over or to have in a jar to chop on salad or ice cream. Most of the time I double the recipe. They won’t last long.

Crunchy and delicious


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne, or less if you don’t like spicy
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  1. Place parchment paper on baking sheet (or use butter or canola oil spray)
  2. Melt butter in medium skillet over medium heat
  3. Add water, brown sugar, salt and spices
  4. Stir until sugar dissolves, about a minute
  5. Add nuts to sugar mixture and cook until coated
  6. Stir about 3 minutes more to fully coat
  7. Transfer to baking sheet
  8. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes until golden and crisp
  9. Set aside to cool
Delicious Cocktail Nuts

Nuts will continue to crisp outside the oven so be careful not to overcook