Monthly Archives: October 2010

31 October 2010 – “Sultan’s Soup”; bok choy

This is a favorite soup of mine, which is great for the cold of winter. It was moderately cold and we are getting premature rain this year, so I decided to go for it. Eventually, with the warming through the … Continue reading

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30 October 2010 – Fabulous pizza with fabulous wine

We had leftover Gaeta olives that wanted using, so D offered to make a tapenade out of them. I found a recipe on epicurious for pizza with potatoes, red peppers, rosemary, and olive tapenade. (You can kinda tell it’s Bon … Continue reading

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29 October 2010 – Food and a cookbook at Rosetta’s party

Rosetta Costantino had a party for her students, to celebrate the release of her beautiful new cookbook, My Calabria. As usual for interestingly different dinners, I forgot to photograph it; however, I remembered a bit later after I took seconds … Continue reading

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28 October 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms and Toulouse sausage; bruschetta

D dug out a patty of Toulouse sausage that we made on 19 June, and made a pasta with that and mushrooms, in some olive oil. He also made some bruschetta with some Dirty Girl early girls that I got … Continue reading

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27 October 2010 – Omelette with fresh herbs and cheese; haricots with onions; fresh tomato

I am really impressed with D’s ability to put together a wonderful meal without planning, and in a short time. We sorted our VISA bill into budgets tonight before dinner, b/c the bread was not done yet, and when we … Continue reading

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26 October 2010 – Leftover beef stew; haricots with onions; fresh tomatoes

On Saturday we stowed away some vats of beef stew in the freezer, and saved a bunch in the fridge for dinners this week – so here’s the first. It was a wonderful comfort food again. D also boiled up … Continue reading

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25 October 2010 – poached egg, fried potatoes, and roasted tomatoes

Another interesting and delicious meal from D. He found the recipe for the potatoes – which are fried in oil and then tossed in vinegar and oil – in his new tapas book. These were really interesting, and perfectly done. … Continue reading

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24 October 2010 – Cannellini beans on toast; roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme

What a great dinner! D bought Romas at the Bowl yesterday for the purpose of roasting them tonight, with garlic and thyme and oil. He decided to add cannellini beans, which he cooked with rosemary and garlic, after a Paul … Continue reading

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23 October 2010 – Beef stew with unexpected flavors

When passing a bay tree this morning, I thought of beef stew, and mentioned it to D, who liked the idea for this cold and rainy day. He made a very interesting version, with flavors of orange, juniper berry, and … Continue reading

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22 October 2010 – Spaghetti with Gaeta olive tapenade and haricots; salad with wondrous tomatoes

D was cooking for this Friday night dinner. This is one of his staples – a really marvelous pasta he found in one of the earliest Chez Panisse cookbooks – Pasta, Pizza and Calzone. He uses a mortar and pestle … Continue reading

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21 October 2010 – Potato soup; bean bruschetta

D invented a most excellent potato soup. He modeled it on a butternut squash soup I learned to make from the chefs at Pizzaiolo, who kindly just told me how to do it when I asked. D cut up a … Continue reading

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20 October 2010 – Bread, Brie, and veggies for Movie Night

I asked D if he wanted to watch a PBS film I was checking out for a possible class showing, and he thought it would be interesting, so we planned for it. (The Journey of Man – not enough science, … Continue reading

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19 October 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, and parsley; bean bruschetta; summer tomatoes

D made one of his specialties again. It’s a very tasty pasta with mushrooms, pine nuts and parsley, with Romano peeled over the top. He also had some beans that he cooked up a couple days ago, and served as … Continue reading

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18 October 2010 – Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce; green beans with mushrooms

D made this spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes. It has a little hamburger in it, and a most interesting vinegary taste, probably from some old wine he tossed into it. I liked it a lot. He cooked green beans with … Continue reading

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17 October 2010 – Invented soup and caprese for the first day of winter

We had planned to have the other Gustosella buffalo mozzarella for lunch in a caprese, but with the cold, rainy weather we decided on something warmer – grilled cheese (Comte) sandwiches with thin-sliced padron peppers in them, and reheated roasted … Continue reading

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16 October 2010 – Ravioli Nirvana

Well, ok. We hit it out of the park with this one. Ravioli with chevre, parmaggiano and herb filling, with fresh tomato sauce. So. I was supposed to be using up the Laura Chenel goat cheese before D took over … Continue reading

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15 October 2010 – Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce; marinated olives

Tonight I finally used the tomatoes from a couple of nights ago that were not good enough for eating. These are probably tomatoes that most people would think were great, but that is b/c most people don’t have access to … Continue reading

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14 October 2010 – Faculty dinner by Bon Appetit

Everything about this dinner was great except the main dish. OK, the wine was good, not great. But the first course, the side, and dessert, the presentation, the service, and the company, were all wonderful. The main dish was steak … Continue reading

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13 October 2010 – Caprese before the Planning Commission meeting

The last Planning Commission meeting on the West Berkeley Project tonight. We had to attend, at least to witness, though not to speak this time. It was a pretty miserable experience, seeing pretty much everything we argued for be ignored … Continue reading

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12 October 2010 – Greek salad with fresh farmers’ market tomatoes

A pretty typical post-equinox 90 degree day here in unusually-sunny central-coast California., so I decided to continue with tomato season while I had the chance. A Greek salad seemed just the thing. We had some tomatoes from the Bowl called … Continue reading

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11 October 2010 – Heirloom tomato salad with warmed, crusty goat cheese patties, celery leaves and basil

Another nice use for our goat cheese log, which I opened yesterday. This recipe appeared in the Contra Costa Times several years ago, in an article on great, fresh, local food in places other than California – in this case, … Continue reading

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10 October 2010 – Heirloom tomato and goat cheese pizza with herbs

This is a Cheese Board recipe that I’d never tried before from their nice cookbook (which I bought, of course, for the pizzas). The other day I made an excel file of the pizzas I make or want to, and … Continue reading

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9 October 2010 – Fettucine with grilled salmon, capers, red onion, and lemon; bruschetta

I intentionally bought more salmon than I needed for last night, thinking ahead to this dinner after the Kermit Lynch wine tasting lunch, with Christopher Lee cooking. The lunch was terrific. We liked the wines ok, but not so much … Continue reading

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8 October 2010 – Salmon grilled over rosemary; parsley potatoes; broccoli stems

I was trying to think of what I could cook when getting home rather late, and rather tired – but still, something that would go with a nice “weekend wine.” Tra la! I thought of grilling some salmon, and liked … Continue reading

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7 October 2010 – Penne with cheese sauce, sage butter, and tomatoes; bruschetta

This is a mashup of two recipes from the Pasta Bible, one of the best impulse purchases (at Costco) I’ve ever made. A nasturtium pasta starts with shallots cooked in butter, with cream or half and half added, and cubed … Continue reading

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