Sunday, March 14, 2010

A few of favorite things...

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!


  1. Great! I am looking forward to following along...xoMary

  2. What a beautiful introduction. I'll be checking back for ideas and inspiration. As you know, all my favorite recipes come from YOU!

  3. You mention that you haven't forgotten your North Carolina roots, but is there really any Southern influence still in your cooking? I know that you only let vegetables look at some steam and call it done. ;> Just curious because you have expanded far from what mom, grandma and granddad ever cooked.

    Congrats on this blog. Keep it going and I'm sure you'll have a great following.

    Love ya, your sister, Lindy

  4. Sebia! Guess who it is.....Annalee!
    I cannot tell you how ecstatic I was when abi told me about this!
    Can't wait enjoy amazing Sebia food all the way over in the city, and on the daily.
    Love always,
    (p.s. my blog is fashion but a bit of a melange)

  5. Thanks you guys! Just so you know DragonJinx is my sister. Thanks Lindy for giving me a hard time. Wait until I write about rosting vegetables.