Did you know the world’s largest cheese was an American Cheddar out of Wisconsin? True story. Made as a promotional gimmick for the Wisconsin exhibit at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it measured 6 1/2 feet wide by 5 1/2 feet high by 14 1/2 feet long, and weighed in at a whopping 34,591 […]


Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on July 29, 2013

One of my favorite weekend rituals is hitting the local farmers’ market, and San Francisco has no shortage, with one in nearly every neighborhood. This weekend #SundaySupper is all about farmers’ markets and enjoying the local bounty–T.R. over at Nobody Likes Crumbley Cookies is hosting. Of course, the farmers’ market is the best place to […]


Farrotto (Farro Risotto) with Mushroom Medley

by Anne Papina on June 13, 2013

As I mentioned a few posts back, I recently attended Camp Blogaway in Angelus Oaks. What a fun weekend packed with lots of good food, great presentations, and about a 100 bloggers eager to learn. I met so many wonderful folks there–connections that will last a lifetime. I returned with cherished memories, and two bags […]


Easy Beef Wellington

by Anne Papina on February 14, 2013

If it’s true that the way to man’s heart is through his stomach, well this dish will send him over the moon. Not much can beat a tender filet mignon steak, topped with a savory mushroom mixture, and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry crust. Swoon. The funny thing is I’ve always thought of Beef […]


When it comes to the kitchen, I’m pretty fearless. In fact, one of the first meals I ever prepared included chicken cordon bleu with a chocolate charlotte for dessert, both recipes from Seventeen Magazine. I was hooked. Shortly after that, my mom signed me up for the McCall’s Cooking School cookbook series, which provided a […]


Grilled Portobello Mushroom Salad

by Anne Papina on July 31, 2008

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Salad   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 5 mins Total time 20 mins   Contributed with permission by the National Honey Board and ARA Content. Author: National Honey Board Recipe type: Salad Cuisine: American Serves: 4 Ingredients ⅓ cup honey ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 […]


Striped Bass with Pistachio Brittle and Wild Mushrooms

by Anne Papina on December 18, 2006

(ARA) – Stroll through the produce section of any grocery store in America during the winter months and you will find a variety of delicious fruits and vegetables to easily incorporate into your next meal. Varieties of mushrooms, brightly hued squash, leafy greens, tart apples and crunchy California pistachios are just some of the colorful […]


Shitake Mushroom Sauce

by Anne Papina on March 8, 2002

This is great served over steaks, mashed potatoes, or even to eat alone. Shitake Mushroom Sauce   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 25 mins   Author: Anne Papina Recipe type: Sauce Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic, sliced ½ lbs shitake mushrooms, washed & sliced ¼ […]