Monthly Archives: August 2010

31 August 2010 – Ham and Swiss sandwich on Acme bread; avocado/tomato/balsamic mix; corn on the cob

D knew he’d be late getting home after a meeting about the city’s plans for our neighborhood, so he thought out a quick meal, and bought the makings on the way home at the Bowl. Already had the Acme sour … Continue reading

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30 August 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms and homemade Toulouse sausage; Acme sour batard

D made spaghetti with mushrooms (white) he found at the Bowl in a cheapo bag, and some Toulouse sausage we made on the 19th of June, and froze in a patty for just such occasions. He sauteed these with oil, … Continue reading

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29 August 2010 – Fish fillets with rice and salsa; zucchini and mushrooms

D made another salsa and cooked some grenadier fillets in it again, and served it over freshly made short-grain brown rice. It’s a wonderful dish. I thought the black beans (canned, these) were a very important part of the taste. … Continue reading

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28 August 2010 – Steak, mushrooms, and patate arrosto

Christmas in… August? Are we caught up? D went to the Bowl for some beef and bought some top sirloin for grilling. It was very tender and tasty. He just salted and peppered it and grilled it over branches of … Continue reading

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27 August 2010 – Spaghetti with mixed mushrooms, parsley, pinenuts, and Romano

This is a variation on a recipe D invented – one of his staples. Just different mushrooms this time. He got a bag of discount mushrooms when he went to the Bowl a couple of days ago, and they included … Continue reading

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26 August 2010 – Spaghetti with tomato sauce; salad with tomatoes

D got home hungry and wanted a quick dinner. He took out that same tomato sauce he made on the 20th, and added portobello mushrooms, sliced about 1/4 inch thick and sauteed. He bought the mushrooms on sale. He is … Continue reading

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25 August 2010 – Omelette with leftover ratatoille, sour cream, and old wine; avocado, tomato, and balsamic vinegar

Knowing I would be in front of various classes for 7 hours today, I told D last night that it would be a night for cold white wine. He was impressed I could still actually talk when I called at … Continue reading

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24 August 2010 – Fish fillets with homemade salsa and leftover rice

D planned this one knowing that it was going to be another seriously hot day (over 90). It was just about a perfect balance of flavors! He bought what he reports as “63 cents worth of fish” at the Bowl … Continue reading

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23 August 2010 – Ratatouille; corn-on-the-cob

D went to the Bowl and found a lot of veggies he could use on their cheapo-use-me-quickly shelves. He made a ratatouille out of them, with summer squashes, eggplant, tomato paste; he also added some salami slices, which were a … Continue reading

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22 August 2010 – Spaghetti with tomato sauce; haricots with olives and garlic

D was trying to convince his truck that the new fuel pump he put in was a good thing, and didn’t get to walking home till well after 7pm. Fortunately, he remembered the spaghetti sauce in the fridge from two … Continue reading

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21 August 2010 – Spaghetti with haricots and olive tapenade; salad

D, R and I went to the wine tasting at Kermit Lynch/Cafe Fanny, and then came back and had dinner at our house. D cooked one of his specialties – appropriately enough, a Chez Panisse recipe (from Pasta, Pizza and … Continue reading

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20 August 2010 – Spaghetti with tomato sauce; haricots and mushrooms

D made up a tomato sauce using canned tomatoes and canned tomato paste, with 1/2 pound of hamburger, plus a patty of the Toulouse sausages we (home-)made on the 19th of June. The patty was from what was left in … Continue reading

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19 August 2010 – Bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese; avocados and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar

We received some nice salmon for Christmas from P&B, and have finally got around to enjoying it. It was terrific on this sandwich, where its flavor was really at the forefront! D bought bagels at the Bowl, and also the … Continue reading

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18 August 2010 – Tomato, cheese and leek tart; mustard greens sauteed with bacon

Tomatoes again. D didn’t think he could bake a bread this morning, so last night we decided I’d keep cooking, b/c I do a lot of things that don’t need bread with them. Like this. Violating format here, but I … Continue reading

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17 August 2010 – Gemelli with goat cheese, tomatoes and sage; snap peas with mint

It’s goat cheese week… This is a favorite recipe (one of many) from The Pasta Bible, which I bought on impulse once at Costco. Amazing book. This is a play on that recipe, actually. It wants linguine, these are gemelli. … Continue reading

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16 August 2010 – Goat cheese with tomato sauce and olives; pea pods

I was looking for something to honor fresh bread, that would also be quick to prepare. I had opened an 11-oz package of Laura Chenel goat cheese (impossibly cheap at Costco) and that needed to be used up before it … Continue reading

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15 August 2010 – Caprese pizza; rainbow chard stems

Well, I didn’t treat this pizza dough properly, but it turned out fine. Odd, but fine. I didn’t take proper care to keep the dough from drying while it defrosted and started to rise, so it had a crust on … Continue reading

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14 August 2010 – Dinner at L’Osteria del Forno in SF

As is our tradition, we went out to L’Osteria del Forno on Columbus after the American Crafts Council show. We traded bites and sometimes shared halvsies, but I did have most of this “Pasta al Forno” (penne baked with with … Continue reading

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13 August 2010 – Personal pizza with chard and goat cheese

This is a major favorite pizza! D&R have a late night at their show, so I am on my own for dinner. I pulled a personal pizza dough out of the freezer this morning and put it – still totally … Continue reading

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12 August 2010 – Eggplant, fresh mozzarella and red pepper puree sandwich on foccacia; chard

Wow, was this a successful experiment 🙂 D and R called to say they would be late setting up for their show, so I was on my own for dinner. I had 1/3 of the second foccacia in the freezer, … Continue reading

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11 August 2010 – Calabrian sausages; potatoes with parsley; kale with onions; bruschetta

D & R worked late setting up for their show, and asked me to make them dinner. I thought of pasta, and the bruschetta with the new Dirty Girl tomatoes was a must, but I ended up deciding on serving … Continue reading

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10 August 2010 – Foccacia and cheeses; summer tomatoes; olives

I had planned to use the rest of the grilled eggplant tonight, with a roasted red pepper and the not-really-fresh mozzarella cheese, in a grilled foccacia sandwich. Unfortunately, I ended up waiting forever for assistance at REI (worth waiting for, … Continue reading

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9 August 2010 – Bread and cheese and cold veggies before the neighborhood association meeting

Neighborhood meeting 6:30, so there was little time for dinner. In the morning, I took out two good cheeses so they would not be cold – a Crescenza from Bellwether Farms and a Laura Chenel chevre (Melodie), both of which … Continue reading

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8 August 2010 – Bacon and avocado sandwich; lamb soup with carrots and alphabet noodles

I found myself with bacon and dill wanting to be used, and also ran across this recipe that I had always wanted to make from Gourmet, April 2004. D thinks having a sandwich for dinner is just fine, so I … Continue reading

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7 August 2010 – Lamb chops and eggplant salad with balsamic vinaigrette; wine to die for

I found this recipe in Weber’s Big Book of Grilling. Their meat recipes are great, but their sides are often positively inspired. In this case, you start with a balsamic vinaigrette; you marinate the chops in it; you brush the … Continue reading

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