Monthly Archives: November 2010

26 November 2010 – Overheated leftovers with Christmas wine

We did a straight rerun of Thanksgiving, with the leftovers unfortunately a bit overcooked. Nevertheless had a Christmas wine with dinner. The wine was an excellent Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. I’m afraid I paid more attention to this when sipping before the … Continue reading

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25 November 2010 – Turkey with gravy and five side dishes

We mined Gourmet again for Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve had some really spectacular Gourmet feasts in the past, and wanted to try a different menu this time. This one ranged from superb to so-so – all good, of course, but some … Continue reading

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24 November 2010 – Savory pancakes with bacon, bitter greens, and lemon butter.

This is one of my specialties that D has taken on a couple of times. He and R covered the front yardlet with new soil recently, and rescued a dandelion plant before doing so, so he had to use up … Continue reading

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23 November 2010 – Boudin blanc; potatoes with kale

D made this thinking that the leftover Berkeley Bowl Syrah would go well with it. He was right! The Boudin blanc is by Christopher Lee. We bought a package at the Kermit Lynch party for the release of the Beaujolais … Continue reading

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22 November 2010 – Buttercup squash soup with pecans; roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme; carrots

D discovered buttercup squash at the Bowl a couple weeks ago and this is the second one he’s bought, after the first was so perfectly balanced, with rich flavor and sweetness. He used my standard soup recipe, which was given … Continue reading

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21 November 2010 – Orecchiette with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms; brussels sprouts with bacon; English cucumber

Once again, D went into the kitchen with no idea what he would cook for dinner, and came up with a fine meal. He rarely uses pasta that’s not “reglear pizgetti” but this time he used some “little ears”, which … Continue reading

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20 November 2010 – Rewarmed roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme

A simple dinner tonight because we simply weren’t hungry. Today we went to the annual party by Kermit Lynch for the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau, with lunch by Christopher Lee (Boudin Blanc, sauerkraut, refried potatoes, Acme baguette, mustard). After … Continue reading

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19 November 2010 – Radicchio with prosciutto, brussels sprouts, roasted tomatoes, and salad

I should have just entitled this “tapas,” because that was sort of the concept. Mostly, D wanted to make roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme again (come to think of it, his recipe IS from his tapas book) and thought … Continue reading

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18 November 2010 – Hamburgers and refried potatoes with parsley

D was tired and without any ideas this evening, and I thought we were going to go out to Your Place Thai Cuisine on University, but he came home with some long sandwich rolls that would serve for hamburger rolls, … Continue reading

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17 November 2010 – Omelette with ham and emmentaler; brussels sprouts with ham; fresh tomatoes

Another winner from D. This year he studied how Julia Child made omelettes, and he really makes great ones now – fluffy, and cooked just right. This omelette had eggs and milk, salt and pepper, as usual, plus some Saag’s … Continue reading

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16 November 2010 – Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce

Another example of D’s ability to go from “I have no idea what to make for dinner” to having delicious food on the table in a half hour. Amazing. Of course, in this instance, having bought more Dirty Girl Farm … Continue reading

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15 November 2010 – Hippie dinner! Farro with many veggies

D took the farro that we cooked for lunch (I think) awhile back and added a bunch of veggies to it to make a tasty and very healthful dinner. He sauteed some onions and added them. He used the last … Continue reading

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14 November 2010 – Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts and parsley, with pecorino Romano; romaine salad with tangerines and pecans

D is cooking again, and he started with this standard (which he invented). He sautees mushrooms, pine nuts, and parsley together in olive oil, tosses with spaghetti and more oil, and shaves (with a potato peeler) pecorino Romano over the … Continue reading

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13 November 2010 – Radiatori with grilled eggplant and red pepper, feta, and onion; salad and tomato

Last night’s beautiful, long eggplant served for two dinners. The slices grilled with just olive oil on them (and a little salt) went into this pasta. I also grilled a big, beautiful red pepper today for this dinner. I started … Continue reading

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11 November 2010 – Leftover spaghetti sauce, updated; bruschetta

This is the same sauce as I used (defrosted) earlier in the week… was that Monday? … updated with some sliced and sauteed large brown mushrooms that D bought at the Bowl yesterday. I actually cooked the mushrooms (and sauce) … Continue reading

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10 November 2010 – Sausages with grapes; broccoli; tomatoes

This is one of those great finds from Gourmet that nobody believes is from Gourmet. That magazine was not about fluff and precious presentation – it was about great tasting food. This is great tasting food. You start by browning … Continue reading

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9 November 2010 – Pizza with Farmers’ Market tomatoes, feta, cilantro and lemon, with sourdough crust

OK, I cheated. I bought the dough at Cheese Board this after noon – a shade over 5/6 of a pound of it for this pizza. I also got Corsican feta there, but should have bought Bulgarian, which is more … Continue reading

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8 November 2010 – Spaghetti with defrosted sauce; salad with leftover Weber salsa

I wanted to get in a workout this evening, so I pulled a small vat of spaghetti sauce out of the freezer this morning. It was a tomato sauce, labeled as having our sausages in it. I cooked up 4 … Continue reading

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7 November 2010 – Heavenly butternut squash soup and prosciutto-wrapped radicchio

I was really happy with this soup, made using the recipe given to me orally by the chefs at Pizzaiolo a couple of years ago. The texture was light and creamy-smooth, and the taste was fantastic. I decided on radicchio … Continue reading

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6 November 2010 – Flatiron steak with Little Italy relish; collards with bacon; potatoes

This was R’s birthday dinner. D and I chose the main dish recipe from Webber’s grill book called “Real Grilling.” The flatiron steak is just salted, peppered, and oiled.I’m writing this in… can you believe, February? so writing from looking … Continue reading

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5 November 2010 – “Tapas”: Flatbread with tomatoes and basil; maltagliati with fresh tomato sauce; gorgonzola stuffed figs with prosciutto

Wow, did this turn out great! I was punting all the way, but the dinner really was good. I had some small dishes I wanted to try, and they didn’t seem to go with anything, so I put them with … Continue reading

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4 November 2010 – Pizza with Tuna and onions; broccoli; tomatoes

Tuna?? Yeah, well… This is the second recipe I’ve tried from My Calabria by Rosetta Costentino. I wish I could say I loved it, but I’ll admit I was underwhelmed. It was certainly good, but not fabulous. The pizza starts … Continue reading

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3 November 2010 – Baguette and cheeses; fresh tomatoes

{Written on the 10th} I wanted to fit in a workout and we were out of bread, so I asked D if he could pick up a baguette at the Bowl on his way home, and take out two good … Continue reading

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2 November 2010 – Frittata with ricotta and pecorino; broccoli; tomatoes

This is the first recipe I’ve made from our new cookbook, My Calabria, by Rosetta Costantino. It was very tasty, and the directions were quite accurate, always a concern with an unfamiliar book. The two of us ate half of … Continue reading

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1 November 2010 – Zachary’s stuffed pizza with the students

As is typical, I forgot to photograph my dinner in this unusual circumstance. There was a casual dinner at school where we invited students, and our departmental assistant got Zachary’s stuffed pizza for the occasion. It was, of course, terrific. … Continue reading

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