food + cooking

Kitchen pantry organization

As a bay area professional organizer, I get to work on a lot of kitchen pantries.  Pantry organization is one of my favorite things.  Every kitchen and pantry has its challenges, and it’s the opportunity to solve those issues for a family that is so exciting for me. Pantries often suffer from over crowding, lack […]


How to organize…but we don’t have a pantry

Yes, I know…lots of kitchens don’t come with a formal pantry.  Organizing my client’s homes, I’ve had to create many a kitchen food pantry. Sometimes a closet or laundry area near the kitchen can be organized into a shared space to include a food pantry. Once in while, even part of a garage can be […]


How to organize…what’s in your pantry?

February is “Organize Your Pantry” month, at least according to me.  I decided this when I went to make chili and pulled out a can of tomatoes that expired in 09…in my own pantry, how is this possible? Those expiration dates often come as a surprise to my organizing clients as well. I can’t tell […]


But, I just want a cup of coffee…

I’ve been trying to remember where this all started – turning everything food related into a reinvented science project…artisan breads, organic milks, private label wines, hand conched chocolates, salt from every sea on the planet, and now, specialty coffee, again. Food deconstruction is huge in restaurant cooking right now, and certainly, Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” […]


Building a better lunch box…

School is back in session, and so is packing lunches.  My client’s are always trying to figure out how to make this less of a chore and more efficient an activity.  Not to mention the amount of space in the kitchen devoted to this exercise… drawers of ziplock bags in all sizes, insulated lunch packs […]


Chocolate & Zucchini…

I don’t know how I missed this, but I have discovered the most delightful books by Clotilde Dusoulier. In adddition, she has a wonderful blog at chocolateandzucchini and a newsletter – try it, you’ll be transported to France at the click of your mouse.


Green bags…

In most of the homes I work on keeping and storing grocery bags, whether paper or plastic, is a big problem. They end up stashed in drawers and cabinets or wedged between the refrig and the stove and often times stuffed into water heater closets. Where are they in your house? My favorite reusable shopping […]


Round vs. square…

Whenever you have the option, choose square or rectangular containers over round ones. Round containers waste space in cabinets, drawers and the refrig. Square or rectangular containers stack well and you can fit more of them on a shelf.


My favorite cookbooks…

As a “retired” private chef in San Francisco, I frequently get asked about my favorite foods, restaurants, chefs and cookbooks. So, from time to time I’ll post on these subjects, including cookbooks from my library, and here are two books that I think should be in every kitchen. Emily Luchetti’s first 2 pastry books, Stars […]


La belle Julia…

Those who know me well, know that Juila Child is one of my favorite people ever! An amazing woman in so many ways and what a life she led. I have finished reading her last book, “My Life In France”, written just before she left us in 2004. She recounts her time spent with her […]