The Kitchen Library

Some of these titles have stowed away in my backpack across Europe and the U.S., and have kept me company during the tough times of a young cook.

Season Like a Chef

Use coarse salt when seasoning with just salt and pepper. Coarse salt is better for seasoning by hand because it’s easier to see and you can feel the grains pass through your fingers.

Paella Santa Maria

Paella Santa Maria is a meal inspired by the agriculture of the Santa Maria Valley. Cooked over a fire fueled by the wood of red oak and pine cones fallen by time and weather. this dish is a reflection of people present and past and the climate that influenced their eating. this dish is a reflection of people present and past and the climate that influenced their eating. this dish is a reflection of people present and past and the climate that influenced their eating. this dish is a reflection of people present and past and the climate that influenced their eating.

Stretching Your Legs in the Santa Maria Valley

Often times after spending hours in the kitchen the last thing you want to do is actually cook, so it’s nice to relax and and get out with some people you like spending time with.

Avocado Toast with Pumpkin Seeds and Cilantro

I’m so ready for avocados to be in season. Avocado toast with pepitas and cilantro is one of my favorite tartines. It’s light, delicious and makes a great, refreshing meal on hot Summer days.

Do It Like A Chef: Chiffonade

Chiffonade is a simple knife cut. It’s a slice of leafy greens like spinach, romaine lettuce or fresh leafy herbs such as basil, mint or parsley. The key to a great chiffonade is having a razor sharp knife.

Index Cards From The Past

I recorded many of the Payard recipes and food combinations on index cards for a quick reference. Those cards have been with me for over twenty years now.

Quarantine Hobbies

Spring is here and work is not, so there is plenty of down time lately. Which means plenty of time to read about cooking, baking and gardening. This year there will actually be time to put some of that reading into action.