gifts from the kitchen

Cranberry Apple Gingerbread Cobbler

Cranberry Apple Gingerbread Cobbler - Moist, rich and dense this is an unusual cobbler reminiscent of traditional holiday cooking. I use Blackstrap molasses which is slightly heavier but more nourishing [...]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake - Many of us are overrun with zucchini in summer. What better way to use up some of the summer squash than to make them into a [...]

Almond Shortbread Cookies

Before practicing Asian medicine, I was a florist.  Our flowers were shipped in from a distributor in Chinatown in San Francisco.  Every year at Chinese [...]

Apple Cider Vinegar Taffy

Vinegar taffy?  Oh, yes.  My family would start making candies to give as Christmas gifts right after Thanksgiving.  This is a variation on an old family favorite recipe. It may [...]

Cranberry Zucchini Bread

During the cooler months it’s time to seek warmth, rest and introspection. Longer cooking methods like stewing and baking help to move our energy inward and slow us down. Their warmth [...]

Basic Granola

  Another staple in my kitchen. I make up a large batch of granola at a time, altering the flavors and ingredients every time–life is too short to always eat [...]

Honey (or Maple) Spiced Nuts

Spiced nuts are staple in my kitchen.  I make up a large batch and freeze them. A small bowl is set out on the counter for snacks, we toss them [...]