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I live on the coast about 20 miles south of San Francisco. I enjoy cooking for and with my husband and two kids. I love cooking with family and friends, but also find that cooking alone can be relaxing too. I love great food with good wine and enjoy taking cooking classes on vacation or near home in wine country. When I'm not cooking, I spend my free time with my kids and often run on coastal trails near my house. We have great fresh seafood where I live, and luckily my most favorite foods are crab, shrimp, fish and mussels. I'm inspired by French and Italian cooking and make an effort to buy fresh local produce from our farmer's market whenever possible. I also enjoy cooking Thai and Asian food, and was lucky to take a cooking class while visiting Thailand a few years ago. Eating in restaurants is harder with little kids, so I cook at home almost every night. I collect recipes and almost always cook with one, as I find it helps me keep better track of ingredients and proportions. I also plan out my weekly meals so I know exactly what to buy at the store.

My Most Recent Ratings

Soup: Beef Daube Provencal

Soup: Beef Daube Provencal

One of our favorites for fall and winter — katehandel 10/2/2013
Meyer Lemon Pasta

Meyer Lemon Pasta

Delicious and works great for week nights — kicaza 4/10/2013
Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Pancetta

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Pancetta

Great weeknight family dinner — katehandel 3/27/2013
Pasta: Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta

Pasta: Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta

Now one of our family favorites - kids even ate asparagus last night and likes it! — katehandel 3/26/2013
Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Was delicious! Will totally make again! — ellie36 3/21/2013
Veggie: Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce

Veggie: Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce

Wonderful spring dish - great for Easter — katehandel 3/20/2013
Fish with Mango Salsa

Fish with Mango Salsa

Great with most fish, and pairs well with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. — katehandel 2/1/2013
Pasta- Chicken Noodles with Broccoli Peanut Sauce

Pasta- Chicken Noodles with Broccoli Peanut Sauce

This is a favorite in our house! It is inspired by a dish from a San Francisco Thai restaurant we used to go to years ago. — katehandel 2/1/2013
Pan-Seared Filet Mignon (Beef Tenderloin) with Shiraz Sauce

Pan-Seared Filet Mignon (Beef Tenderloin) with Shiraz Sauce

Awesome recipe with superb detail. My husband loved this. Will make again for sure. — sgrishka 4/2/2012
Soup- Beet

Soup- Beet

Fun to make because of the deep color, but it tastes good too! — katehandel 3/4/2012
Meyer Lemon Pasta

Meyer Lemon Pasta

Delicious and fairly easy to make! Thanks for posting this recipe! — kicaza 2/29/2012
Pasta - Crab or Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Pasta - Crab or Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Surprisingly easy and delicious...a keeper for sure! If you love crab, this is a nice variation with no butter...the delicate crab is complimented by the sauce. — katehandel 1/30/2012
Fettuccine w/ Cream Sauce, Prosciutto, Asparagus, Mushrooms, & Peas (Boom)

Fettuccine w/ Cream Sauce, Prosciutto, Asparagus, Mushrooms, & Peas (Boom)

Really tasty! I would definitely make again. — mlboom 12/1/2011
Beef Stir-Fried Rice Noodles

Beef Stir-Fried Rice Noodles

good for weeknight dinners...just serve ingredients separately ickids are picky — katehandel 11/29/2011
Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Easy to make - great for a weeknight family meal. — katehandel 11/10/2011
Chicken- Crispy Buttermilk

Chicken- Crispy Buttermilk

Only complaint is remembering to do the steps ahead of time. But sure does make moist chicken! — katehandel 11/10/2011
Slow cook: Braised Pork Ragu

Slow cook: Braised Pork Ragu

Surprisingly easy to make and ridiculously good. A keeper for sure! — katehandel 11/10/2011
Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka

Was very tasty and the kids even liked it too! Definitely will make again. — sgrishka 11/10/2011
Breakfast- Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Breakfast- Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Delicious and fun to make with kids! — katehandel 11/10/2011
Dessert: Raspberry Amaretto Tarts

Dessert: Raspberry Amaretto Tarts

Delicious dessert for a romantic dinner. Fairly large portions, so save room! — katehandel 11/3/2011

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As long as I have been on Big Oven, I havent seen any of your recipes. Im so glad I found them! I will be checking out some of them. Thanks, Ann

2 years ago    aphilbeck8

thank you for your nice words of my photo, have a lovely day, CCheryl

3 years ago    CCheryl

Hi Kate, thanks so much for all your helpful comments! Keep them coming!

Also, I thought you might enjoy this recipe :-)

4 years ago    stevemur

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