Monthly Archives: June 2010

30 June 2010 – Omelette with Emmentaler and scallions; turnips and cauliflower; grilled bread with favas

D is cooking now – it’s really fun to have two cooks – much more variety. He has practiced Julia Child’s way of making omelettes, so they are fluffy and light. This one was particularly tasty. He used two eggs … Continue reading

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29 June 2010 – Spaghetti with favas, lemon, and Romano; avocado salad

D is cooking again. He harvested the remaining favas today and took out all the plants (about 9 of them, grown to our height or taller) and made them into one more variant on the pasta we’ve had a few … Continue reading

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28 June 2010 – Leftover riccioli with eggplant and red pepper; snap peas with mint

I used more than 8 oz of Riccioli on Saturday when I made this pasta, so I had a lot left over. D said what the heck, just have a leftover dinner – so I did. However, I added in … Continue reading

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27 June 2010 – Homemade Toulouse sausage, rice with peppers, baby bok choi

I came up with this dinner in a backwards way. Had rice to use up. Had multiple colors of sweet peppers left from a wonderful salad we had for lunch Saturday. Solution: sautee onions, then also cut-up peppers, briefly; mix … Continue reading

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26 June 2010 – Riccioli with grilled eggplant and red peppers, and feta; avocado salad

I grilled these herbed eggplants on pizza night, cooking the entire, large eggplant at once, and planning ahead for this meal. I neglected to buy and grill extra red peppers, though, so had to get another for this dinner. I … Continue reading

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25 June 2010 – “Vinegar Chicken” with tarragon, rice, sauteed summer squash

I decided to make this old favorite dish because I still had some tarragon left, and then forgot to add it until after this picture: This is a great quick dinner, if you have the ingredients routinely in the house. … Continue reading

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24 June 2010 – Grilled eggplant pizza with roasted red pepper puree and fresh mozzarella (again)

With the bread about to run out, I decided to try this pizza again: I wanted to try taking D up on the suggestion of thickening the red pepper puree before spreading it on, to reduce the sogginess of the … Continue reading

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23 June 2010 – Tarragon potato salad; radicchio and prosciutto

This potato salad is supposed to be made with fingerling potatoes, but we had a nifty substitute this time. I ran across these ridiculously cute little potatoes of mixed heritage that I bought on a whim for enormously too much … Continue reading

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22 June 2010 – Fettucine with favas, prosciutto, and lemon zest; avocado salad; Odoriko tomato

D suggested I try adding prosciutto and lemon to the fava bean pasta, and having nothing better in mind, I just went ahead and made fava pasta for the second night in a row. The number of actual fava beans, … Continue reading

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21 June 2010 – Pasta with favas and mint; salad with heirloom tomato and avocado

We had some fava beans left over that we didn’t cook on Saturday, and D suggested re-trying the pasta we made to go with the sausages, but tweaking it a little. The beans were out of their large pods, but … Continue reading

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20 June 2010 – Pasta with homemade sausage, pea pods, and red peppers

This is an old favorite from California Fresh, that I have not made for years. A tomato sauce is made with canned tomatoes, garlic, oregano and parsley, and to this is added sausage that has been boiled whole, then sliced … Continue reading

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19 June 2010 – Homemade sausages; homemade pasta with home-grown fava beans

This was a great dinner, at the end of an amazing day that started with buying the meat for sausages at Taylor’s, in downtown Oakland. Our friends N&M were here for the weekend, and brought with them their sausage-making equipment … Continue reading

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18 June 2010 – Dinner at Chez Panisse!

Our friend N had a birthday on Friday the 18th, and invited D, R, and me to join her and M for their celebration dinner at the renowned Chez Panisse. It was, as expected and as usual, an outstanding meal. … Continue reading

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17 June 2010 – Spaghetti with defrosted sauce; salad

Had a bathtub to clean after my workout today, and a guest room to spruce up, so I took this spaghetti sauce out of the freezer a couple of days ago and put it into the fridge to defrost. It … Continue reading

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16 June 2010 – Defrosted curried chicken and lentils over rice; radicchio and prosciutto

Getting the house ready for friends to visit, and had not thought of anything for dinner… all that’s in the fridge is a pan of cooked rice from a few days ago. What to do? I was searching for something … Continue reading

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15 June 2010 – “Virginia Lee’s Chicken and Cold Noodles with Spicy Sauce”

I got this recipe from a colleague maybe… 15 years ago, and finally checked out the notation that it is from the 60-Minute Gourmet… which I seem to have picked up somewhere. Pierre Franey is the author. My colleague brought … Continue reading

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14 June 2010 – Pizza with eggplant, red pepper puree

I’m caught up! I’m caught up! After traveling across the country three times for family matters, I have gotten back into this posting business, and have some hope of keeping up with it from now on. We’ll see. So, tonight … Continue reading

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13 June 2010 – Eggplant “sandwiches” on the grill – Weber strikes again!

I was craving this dish, which I’d cooked at least once before, and couldn’t find it in my cookbooks. Turns out it is a “starter” rather than a “vegetable dish”. My only tiff with Weber. ONLY. Really. I’ll use the … Continue reading

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12 June 2010 – St. Columba’s Day dinner for R – grilled, marinated beef; rice; yau choi; wine to die for

(Written the 14th) R has a Saint’s Day, which seems odd for a non-theist, but this saint – Columba – is so appropriate for a bookie (as in foodie – not as in betting person). We were a couple days … Continue reading

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11 June 2010 – Fettucine with grilled radicchio and endive, toasted walnuts, Roquefort

(Written 14 June) Hats off (once again) to Weber grilling cookbooks. This is a recipe from the original “Weber Grill Book”. You grill wedges of radicchio and halved endive, both brushed with oil, and slice them crosswise. You mix red … Continue reading

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10 June 2010 – Spaghetti with Haricots and Olive Tapenade

(Written 14 June) Another of D’s specialties, this one heavy on the garlic (I suggested garlic would be a good way to remind me I was home in CA). This is a recipe from Chez Panisse Pasta, Pizza and Calzone. … Continue reading

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9 June 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, romano; greens

(Written 14 June) Harder to keep track of past meals here – what were those greens? Oh right – turnip greens! From the turnips cooked with the chicken. D thinks he boiled them a bit, then sauteed them. The pasta … Continue reading

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8 June 2010 – Bits of roast chicken with veggies, over rice

(Written 14 June) Home again! D had roasted a chicken with veggies around it while I was gone, and served chicken bits and some of the veggies over rice. Turnips, carrots, green onions, potatoes, a rutabaga – perhaps a parsnip? … Continue reading

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7 June 2010 – Dinner by United Airlines

Forgot to photograph this one, too, but it’s a re-run of a couple of past airplane dinners on UAL 975. Thai chicken wrap has good, crunchy fresh veggies (I remember carrots) wrapped in a non-soggy wrap b/c they have left … Continue reading

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6 June 2010 – Last of the pot roast

(Written 14 June) This was my last dinner at Mom’s before leaving the next afternoon. We had pretty much the last of the pot roast, with mixed vegetables and rice – I think it was brown rice, actually. I had … Continue reading

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