Category Archives: Recipes from Chef Mary

Cooking As A Communication Tool – Last week we had a house guest from Japan and

she wanted to learn how to cook something! Actually she wanted to learn how to cook something without the use of an oven.  Apparently, it is not uncommon to have a stovetop burner, a microwave, but not an oven.  So, … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be Irish to make a good Irish Soda Bread!

I am sharing my favorite recipe for Irish Soda Bread with you AND trust me, you can make this with your eyes closed (well, practically).  As a matter of fact I talked my brother John through the entire recipe over … Continue reading

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An Evening for two good Causes Benefiting Face 2 Face and The Sonoma Humane Society

Talk about a Designer Crab Feast!  Unbelievable food, beautiful presentation, impeccable service, and all for two very great causes near and dear to my heart!  At $55 per person, the dinner Chef Tony and his crew at Sea Thai Bistro in Montgomery … Continue reading

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Kitchen Culture – Do You Have a Kitchen Witch?

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A Kitchen Witch is a puppet or homemade doll resembling a witch displayed in home kitchens.  A Kitchen Witch provides good luck and wards off bad spirits! Did she come from Norway or Germany?  There is some debate over the exact country in … Continue reading

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Be Mine You Lovingly Dipped Strawberry! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Shopping today at Trader Joe’s I found beautiful & delicious long stemmed strawberries, and their Pounds Plus chocolate bars for 4.99 each!  The strawberries were 5.99 per dozen (Limited Edition brand).  I used the Pounds Plus 72% to dip the … Continue reading

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Apple Casserole…this is German comfort dessert.

A long time ago, I used to make something called Kaiserschmaren and this casserole reminds me of that!  The big difference is the way it is cooked.  Kaiserschmaren is a made-to-order dessert, and scrambled in a pan similar to the … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog.  I hope you will follow my culinary adventures.  Whether I’m teaching a private one-on-one class, shopping for great deals in produce at the many Farmer’s Markets in Sonoma County or, finding a new restaurant with … Continue reading

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