Monthly Archives: January 2010

31 January 2010 – Chicken Piccata with Thai Jasmine Rice; sautee mix

This is an altered version of a Chicken Piccata recipe from epicurious that I make from time to time. I love that is is made from ingredients we pretty much always have around. I need to make a list of … Continue reading

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30 January 2010 – Foccacia and cheeses; brussels sprouts with bacon

Well, I forgot to start the bread last night, so I either had to start it with extra yeast early this morning, or buy bread, or do something else. The “something else” was to make a foccacia, which I don’t … Continue reading

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29 January 2010 – Pizza again (gee, darn!)

Tonight is a “what’s wrong with Costco is that you have to buy so much of everything” pizza. Not that being forced to cook with Laura Chenel Chevre (11 oz, less than $4!) a few times over the course of … Continue reading

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28 January 2010 – Beef stew

Way too late to be writing this… but not too much to write. D reran the beef stew, this time adding a bunch  more potatoes to it. He added just a bit of orange zest to this batch and it … Continue reading

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27 January 2010 – Dinner at Mezze!

Mezze has a series of prix-fixe menus from different countries bordering the Mediterranean. Tonight was Lebanon. It was also a ‘no corkage’ night. D and I took R for a treat. There were three main dish offerings. I agonized over … Continue reading

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26 January 2010 – beef stew; salad

D made the most wonderful beef stew! We were talking last weekend about the “winter things” we had not yet made this year, and he decided he’d make a beef stew. I pointed out he could make it on the … Continue reading

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25 Jaunary 2010 – pasta with Wells sauce and pesto, avocado salad

Well, I was thinking about doing this pasta, but there was no decision to be made, by the time I got home after losing (sorta) my keys outside Trader Joe’s. Found them, but by then I was pretty late and … Continue reading

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24 January 2010 – Goat cheese with olives and tomato sauce; avocado salad; zucchini with dill

This is a favorite recipe from Patricia Wells. She thinks of it as an appetizer, as I recall, but for us it’s a main dish. A bit under 2 oz of chevre is chunked into the bottom of what amounts … Continue reading

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23 January 2010 – Grilled lamb, semolina with bay, sautee mix

Tonight’s dinner was specially chosen for a wine that was given to me last week – a Corbieres. We have loved Corbieres since we met them. I defrosted 12 lamb kebab chunks (from a Costco New Zealand leg of lamb, … Continue reading

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22 January 2010 – Pizza with Hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and goat cheese

We monitor when the bread is likely to run out, and if that will happen at lunch, and I’m cooking, then we schedule in a pizza for dinner. D got a log of Laura Chenel chevre at Costco last weekend, … Continue reading

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21 January 2010 – Moro omelette and a most excellent salad

D found a recipe for an omelette in the Moro cookbook. Moro is a restaurant in England that specializes in Spanish cooking. The omelette has zucchini (salted and let to sit), toasted pine nuts, and a pile of herbs: mint, … Continue reading

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20 January 2010 – Leftover leftover leftovers?

Not really 🙂 This wasn’t a re-cook of last night’s pasta sauce, it was a re-cook of another portion of the previous night’s defrosted freezer mystery. D added brown mushrooms, and a crisped slice of bacon, to the sauce. It … Continue reading

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19 January 2010 – Leftover leftovers!

D is cooking Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings now, b/c of my work schedule, and also some Mondays. He revised the pasta sauce I defrosted yesterday (which he made, originally). He finely chopped the remainder of the mushrooms from Saturday … Continue reading

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18 January 2010 – Freezer Mystery!

Well, ok, it wasn’t a total mystery. I remembered putting it in there, was pretty certain D had made it, and it wasn’t all that long ago. Also, it looked like spaghetti sauce. It was. We figured it out during … Continue reading

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17 January 2010 – Seven Bean Soup and Braising Mix

This is an old friend – indeed, an old favorite, though availability of ingredients has changed the taste over time. Seven Bean Soup is from Vegetarian Gourmet Cookery by Alan Hooker. Why I thought I needed to add a veggie … Continue reading

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16 January 2010 – pasta with wild mushrooms, peapods, pear salad

Oh, this was so good! And it was an afterthought, too. I expected I’d have a bunch of grilled, herbed eggplant left over from last night, and would make an eggplant, grilled red pepper and feta pasta (a fave). No … Continue reading

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15 January 2010 – Pizza with grilled eggplant, red pepper, and feta

Why don’t we mention the mozzarella when we talk about pizza ingredients? It is SO taken for granted. I managed to nibble at the grated mozz sitting on my cutting board, as I waited for D to get home so … Continue reading

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14 January 2010 – Radiatori with cheeses, pear tomatoes, and sage; Brussels sprouts with bacon butter

I love beautiful food. This one really made me happy. I’ve made it many times, and so feel rather free to mess with the recipe, not worrying that I will forever miss the true nature of the dish or something. … Continue reading

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13 January 2010 – dinner at Riva Cucina!

Walking distance to a Michelin-recommended restaurant – that’s a neighborhood 🙂 Riva Cucina has instituted no-corkage Wednesdays, which make us very happy. They have a great wine list, but what we really want to pay for is Massi Boldrini’s food, … Continue reading

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12 January 2010 – Linguine with grilled radicchio and endive, roquefort, and walnuts

A challenge tonight – arriving home at 6:22, could I get dinner on the table by 7? Almost… we sat down at 7:08pm. This is a recipe from the Weber Grill  Book – one of the greatest cookbooks we have, … Continue reading

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11 January 2010 – savory pancakes with bacon, lemon, and bitter greens; pear salad

I am reminded why 1) I rarely make this dish and 2) I still do make it. Wow, it is delicious! But wow, is it a lot of work… D noted the other day that we had a substantial dandelion … Continue reading

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10 January 2010 – Bean Stroganoff, avocado and olive salad

A flash from the past tonight. I made Bean Stroganoff from Diet for a Small Planet, a book we have had since something like 1974. Not sure the exact date, which we were puzzling over tonight. Alas, we did not … Continue reading

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9 January 2010 – “Ligurian Pork Chops”, semolina with bay, broccoli

Wow, this was good. D suggested that we have Patricia Wells’ Semolina with Bay instead of rice with the pork chops from “Recipes from Paradise”, a cookbook about Liguria (Italy, northwest coast). It worked really well! One thing I love … Continue reading

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8 January 2010 – Eggplant Lasagna

Friday night’s dinner has to go well with a good red wine. This one made a bunch of leftovers, too, for lunches at home and at work. The recipe is from good ol’ California Fresh, our first “gourmet” cookbook, from … Continue reading

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7 January 2010 – Pizza with radicchio and sweet gorgonzola

Everything went wrong with cooking today. And yet, the pizza was really good! First, Cheese Board is still closed for their January break, so I couldn’t get their gorgonzola dolce (bought Mountain gorg at the Bowl instead). Then I picked … Continue reading

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