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Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Rhubarb, Strawberry and Tarragon Sauce

The only thing that is traditional during the holidays when it comes to food is that we know that our traditional  meals are always going to be non-traditional…!  When it was time to give thought to the Thanksgiving dinner coming from our kitchen this year neither roast turkey nor pumpkin pie even crossed our minds… a delicious […]

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Pastel de Tres Leches

   Have you ever had one of those sweet tooth urges that is so overwhelming that it simply MUST be satisfied?  I suspect that that is the case for most of us!  One day last week I preheated the oven to 350°, hoping that that very act would be the springboard for a baker’s inspiration.  Well, […]

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Creme Fraiche: A Delicious Alternative to Sour Cream

Back in the 70’s Dayton had the good fortune of being introduced to Annie-Mae DeBresson, a French woman whose mother was a countess in France.  She lived in an immense French Renaissance-style house above the gourmet ghetto of Berkeley and gave cooking lessons in her home.  The classes were always small and intimate and Dayton remembers […]

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