I wanted to start with a few of my inspriations for cooking. Obviously my family plays a large role in that along with living in Northern California. I'm fortunate to live in an area with outstanding produce, wine, cheese, meats and all kinds of diversity. The many farmers markets here make it easy to follow the seasons so right now I'm enjoying the end of the brussel sprouts and looking forward to English peas, strawberries and asparagus.
I also love to read so I receive Food and Wine, Bon Appetit and Savuer and I'm still mourning the end of Gourmet. My mom sends me Southern Living so I don't forget my roots in NC. I gets ideas from the San Francisco Chronicle and Pacific Sun. We're lucky all this is available online.
The other great inspiration are the many wonderful restaurants here in Marin County and nearby San Francisco. I had a wonderful pizza last night at Ginolina in San Rafael. It was covered with just the right amount of pancetta, arugula and scamorza, a type of creamy cheese close to mozzarella. The crust was thin and crisp from their pizza oven. I washed it down with my new favorite white wine, Falanghia from Italy.
Now I need to figure what to make for dinner. Tomorrow I'm making a fairly complicated Indian salad which I'll write about after I've made it.
As Julia Child would say Bon Appetit!