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Chicken "Bouillabaisse"
(Serves 4)
Recipes Courtesy of Rosa Jackson, Les Petits Farcis, Nice France
Notes from cooking instructor ...
By Susie Iventosch

Orinda's Travelling Epicurean
Imagine a vacation where you bask in the sights, scents and colors of a foreign farmers' market, visit the local butcher or cheese maker, taste regional wines, hunt for truffles with dogs in tow and learn the secrets of cooking local fare, all in a faraway destination, ...By Susie Iventosch

Thoughtful Food
During the holiday season, dinners can be very robust and filling so a light lunch is often in order. This year, we had a four-day eating extravaganza at our family gatherings, so on Christmas Eve, my mom and I, while really hungry for lunch, wanted something very ...By Susie Iventosch

These Baby Potatoes are Twice the Fun
Whether you're planning a big New Year's Eve party or a small dinner gathering, these twice-baked baby potatoes are sure to delight. We have made large potatoes like this, but I thought it would be fun to do the baby potatoes as a warm appetizer to pass around. They ...By Susie Iventosch

Terrific Toffee for the Holidays
I usually shy away from making toffee at home because I've failed at it numerous times. It has turned out chewy, or burned, or even completely separated by cooking it to the point of no return. I usually just wait for my neighbor, Paula, to make her annual holiday trek ...By Susie Iventosch

Chef Hugo's Croissants
*Note this recipe calls for just over one pound of butter, and even though it is measured in grams, I thought it would be more helpful for you to know approximately how much butter to have on hand.
By Susie Iventosch

Chef Hugo's Tasty Croissants May be Tough to Make, but Worth Every Minute
On a recent trip to Paris I had a hankering to take a cooking class. I wasn't especially picky about what kinds of things we would learn to make, but just thought it would be a really fun thing to do.
By Susie Iventosch

Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Cornbread with Candied Bacon
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
By Susie Iventosch

Thoughtful Food
Last Thanksgiving we published a recipe for a spicy sweet potato dish and discussed the nomenclature for sweet potatoes versus yams, which always seems cause for confusion. Armed with last year's research, I was prepared this year when shopping for sweet potatoes for ...By Susie Iventosch

Oatmeal Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
(Makes one 8-inch round cake. Double recipe for a two-layer cake)
By Susie Iventosch

Thoughtful Food
This spice cake is just perfect for crisp autumn days as well as spicy (and tense) election parties! Actually, I'd never made a cake for election night, but someone tipped me off that it might be a fun idea. So, I took an old family recipe that my great aunt Clara used ...By Susie Iventosch

Gluten-Free Pear Almond Cake
Lindsay Carr

Savory Pear Pasties with Sausage and Leeks
Elaine Cable

Pear Cream Chocolates
Olivia House

Thoughtful Food
Recipe contests are fun and creative endeavors, encouraging contestants to come up with novel uses of this or that ingredient. This year's Moraga Pear Recipe Contest was no exception and provided some interesting and delicious recipes.
By Susie Iventosch

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