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The perfect pick: Huckleberry pie
This is the very first year I've ever gone huckleberry picking and even though I was dragging my feet when my husband suggested we go, I had a wonderful time once I was out there. It is so much fun, especially when you find a good plant with lots of huckleberries on ...By Susie Iventosch

Peach Grunt
In a recent column we explored "grunt" in the cooking term of the week section, and I knew then that as soon as peaches were good and ripe, I'd be trying to make one of these for my family. I love fresh, ripe peaches in pies, cobblers or just plain, but I have to say, ...By Susie Iventosch

Carne Asada & Charred Vegetable Parmesan-crusted Tacos
Courtesy of Carol Berber
Large Skirt Steak
By Susie Iventosch

Thoughtful Food
As a kid growing up in the Lamorinda area, Alex Berber always had the feeling that he would join the family business one day. "I never wanted to admit it, but deep down I always knew. And, here I am! The one thing I did not know or understand at the time is how ...By Susie Iventosch

Egg Noodles
5 oz. all-purpose flour
5 oz. semolina flour
By Susie Iventosch

Porcini Pappardelle (with morels)
(Serves 4-6)
I lb. pappardelle egg noodles (recipe below or use store-bought)
By Susie Iventosch

Thoughtful Food
We've been cooking a lot with wild mushrooms lately - morel risotto, porcini pappardelle and chicken-mushroom crˆpes. We've even tried saut‚ed coral mushrooms, which were delicious.
By Susie Iventosch

Grilled Chimichurri Chicken
(Serves 4-6)
1 whole roasting chicken
1 batch chimichurri sauce (recipe below)
By Susie Iventosch

All hail Cilantro for that extra spice
It seems to be love or hate with cilantro, but I am a huge fan. Not only is it a key ingredient in many Mexican dishes and salsas, but freshly snipped leaves are so tasty in green salad. It's a perfect addition to curry sauce and the beautiful leaves make for a lovely ...By Susie Iventosch

Green Chili Goat Cheese Dip
4 oz. soft, Montrachet-type goat cheese
4 oz. grated sharp white cheddar cheese
By Susie Iventosch

Take a dip into this new summer favorite
Looking back over the past several Lamorinda ...By Susie Iventosch

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
By Susie Iventosch

Thoughtful Food
In December, I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Israel. One day, while he attended business meetings in Tel Aviv, I ran off for a full day of market touring and cooking with Orly Ziv, who runs a great little cooking school, Cook in Israel. The feast we ...By Susie Iventosch

Almond Scones -Whole Recipe
(Makes 12 medium-sized scones)
2 cups flour
By Susie Iventosch

Thoughtful Food
A couple of weeks ago we featured Papa's Favorite Torte, and in the column I mentioned that almond scones are a great way to use any leftover almond paste you may have from that recipe. Even if you have no leftover almond paste to use up, these scones are a great ...By Susie Iventosch

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