Monthly Archives: July 2010

31 July 2010 – Tomato, cheese and leek tart

This is one of our great summer dishes. It requires good tomatoes, though not necessarily fabulous ones (but of course, everything is improved by a fabulous tomato…) This is a recipe from Paul Bertolli, and is really intended, as I … Continue reading

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30 July 2010 – Chicken saltimbocca pieces over spaghetti; avocado salad

D used up the last, small half chicken breast from the chicken saltimbocca by serving it over pasta. He also added some thin slices of fennel, which was a nice touch. He served a salad with avocado and thyme blossoms … Continue reading

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29 July 2010 – Risotto with baby shrimp and fennel; green beans

Comfort food for D’s bad day – he found out he has a lousy location for one of his important shows, so he comforted himself with a most excellent dinner. The weather has been grey and cold, so having a … Continue reading

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28 July 2010 – Chicken sandwich and salad before the Planning Commission meeting

D was just going to serve cheese and bread, and the usual accompaniments like olives and some munchable veggies, but on his walk home he changed his mind to this. It was a nice dinner to start off a rather … Continue reading

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27 July 2010 – Chicken saltimbocca and rice; salad

This is a dish D discovered in, of all places, the cookbook we call “Chez P. veggies”. It’s a tossoff in a discussion of sage, I believe. The chicken is topped with sage leaves, which are in turn covered by … Continue reading

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26 July 2010 – Miramonte salad

This is an old favorite from California Fresh, which was probably our first seriously interesting cookbook. It’s by the Junior League of Oakland/East Bay, and is very beautiful, with fine recipes. Salad Miramonte is based on romaine, and has halved … Continue reading

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25 July 2010 – Leftover unbirthday beef and couscous; red pepper sauce; green beans

D cooked up dinner on short notice, but the leftovers were great! He actually stacked everything up in the microwave: the leftover couscous in one container, the leftover 5 beef chunks with red pepper and onion squares in a second, … Continue reading

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24 July 2010 – A very merry (and tasty!) unbirthday… to me!

My birthday (trad.) is right before Christmas, and as an adult I have found that that timing is oppressive not only for people trying to buy me presents, but even for me, myself. Oh yikes, I have to make time … Continue reading

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23 July 2010 – Pizza with Calabrian sausage and red sauce

Pizza tonight, and a really rare form, for me – “pizza sauce” on it, rather than pizza bianca. It was good, but not a favorite. D instigated this one, suggesting that I try the Calabrian sausage from the pop-up market … Continue reading

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22 July 2010 – Store-bought pot stickers; bok choy; favas with ricotta salata

I went to the pop-up general store on Wednesday and bought some frozen Gyozas, which are potstickers, and we had half of them tonight. The potstickers were a dozen for $11.50, plus a deposit of $1 on the nifty bamboo … Continue reading

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21 July 2010 – Calabrian sausage; yau choi; pilaf

I ordered this Calabrian sausage from the pop-up general store, and picked it up this evening on my way home. Before ordering, I googled “Calabrian sausage” to find out what the heck it was, and came upon this fabulous website. … Continue reading

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20 July 2010 – Greek salad and bread

We’re doing tomatoes (despite the fact that it feels more like October than July…) and I had some feta and some cucumbers to use up, so this was a natural. It’s from Mediterranean the Beautiful, and is a staple around … Continue reading

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19 July 2010 – “Eggplant sandwiches” where the eggplant is the “bread”; grilled leftover foccacia; cold veggies

Well, the Costco Garofalo Buffalo Mozz needed to be eaten by the 21st, so I had to decide between a Caprese pizza, or another kind of pizza with buffalo mozz, or these eggplant things again. For some reason, these appealed … Continue reading

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18 July 2010 – Caprese salad; defrosted leftover foccacia

At Costco last week, we bought at least six different kinds of cheeses, which, in addition to those already in the fridge, left us with a heavy-duty commitment to eat a lot of cheese in the near future. Hard work, … Continue reading

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17 July 2010 – Pizza with Tomatoes, feta, cilantro, corn and lemon

This is a variant of a Cheese Board recipe. The corn – cut off one cob  bought today at the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market in Oakland – is D’s idea. It’s a great addition! Nothing out of the ordinary: plain … Continue reading

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16 July 2010 – Foccacia with aging cheese; olives; zucchini with dill

I told D we didn’t need bread for Friday’s dinner so then I had to be sure we actually didn’t. Decided to make a foccacia, but ended up making two – or I should say, one in two pieces. We … Continue reading

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15 July 2010 – Lamburger in pita with yogurt sauce, tomato and lettuce; sauteed greens

This is the second lamb-in-pita recipe from Weber that I’ve done recently. This one had spices in the lamb – cinnamon and allspice, cardamom, pepper, salt, saffron – lots good stuff. I’ll look it up if you like but right … Continue reading

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12 July 2010 – Lamb chops; pilaf; yau choi; and yogurt with cucumbers and dill

I declared this a weekend meal (despite its being Monday), after I realized it was going to be pretty good 🙂 We bought lamb chops at Costco on Sunday, and I decided we really should have some before we froze … Continue reading

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11 July 2010 – Lamburgers in pitas with eggplant slices and yogurt sauce; avocado and olive salad

I decided to mine the Weber grilling books, and what a trove I found! This looked fun… You can’t see inside the pita (which was tossed on the grill at the end for perhaps 1 minute per side) but it … Continue reading

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10 July 2010 – Rerunning the “porcini quiche”; asparagus with lemon

So 1) we had half the cream left, and more porcini, and 2) D wanted to try it again with only one egg instead of 2, and 3) IT WAS INCREDIBLY GOOD, and as a result, we re-ran last night’s … Continue reading

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9 July 2010 – Porcini in smoked mozzarella custard; salad

Wow, was this a successful experiment! The background is that, many years ago, ‘a Firenze,’ I ordered a dish for lunch that was tremendously good, but I have not been able to replicate it. It consisted of porcini in melted … Continue reading

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7 July 2010 – Pasta with Toulouse sausages, sweet onions, and mushrooms; zucchini

D made up this pasta on the fly, having gotten home from work late. He defrosted one of the Toulouse sausages we made on the 19th, and cooked it with some sweet Italian onions he bought at the Bowl on … Continue reading

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6 July 2010 – Store-bought (Chicago-style) pizza with $100 wineS

M&N are leaving the area, and invited us to take-out-pizza dinner in their mostly-packed-up home. The pizza was excellent. This was fortunate, since the wines were… well… it’s about these wines… Here’s dinner – at least the first pieces of … Continue reading

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5 July 2010 – Omelette; potato salad; green beans

D cooking: a workday for him, so he cooked a quick but delicious dinner. Unfortunately, writing this on the 9th, I can’t remember what herbs he put into the omelette. I do think he used chunks of Emmentaler in it. … Continue reading

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4 July 2010 – Hamburgers, potato salad, and apple pie for America’s birthday

We usually do this – grill hamburgers for the 4th of July. I forget how good they are. D mixed 1/2 pound of defrosted Costco hamburger with Worcestershire sauce and onions, and no doubt salt and pepper, and grilled them. … Continue reading

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