Huge news! The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook is in production!

If you're wondering where I've disappeared to, the answer is a fantastic one. After signing with Berkeley-based publisher, Parallax Press, I have devoted every spare minute of the Spring and Summer to the project of my dreams: The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook. If you haven't already figured this out from my blog title, I'm kind of [...]

Blue Hokkaido Spiced Rice

As fleeting and wonderful as Shark Week, another much-anticipated period hits my household each year: Squash Week (Dun dun dun!). But unlike Shark Week, Squash Week is free of junk science and sensationalism. Well, fine, here's a little sensationalism for you Shark Week fans:Squash Week airs in the McLively household mid-November, when Berkeley finally gets a mid-60's "crisp" [...]

Poached Quince and Beets, a.k.a. Quincy Jones Salad

There's a satisfying logic to why I named this salad after the legendary music producer, Quincy Jones. (Well, it's satisfying if you love puns and music trivia as much as my family does.) Here's the logic:  The exotic fruit I feature in this recipe is quince, Mr. Jones' fruit namesake. I'll talk more about quince in a [...]

Splendiferous Salsify Soup

You probably think I'm crazy. Salsify is a food photographer's worst nightmare. Why would I ever choose something so ugly for my blog? I have to throw out my usual hashtags of #foodporn and #veggieofthegods in place of #eatmuddysticks.If you've ever seen salsify at the farmers market or a specialty produce store, you probably walked [...]