Monthly Archives: May 2011

Grilled cheese and cold veggies before yet another City Council meeting – 31 May 2011

City council meeting again – this time I didn’t have to work right up to the event, so had time to think about what to say. Much less stressful. But we didn’t have time for a relaxed dinner, or much … Continue reading

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Grilled, brined pork chops, broccolini, and farro risotto – 30 May 2011

Our houseguests M&N pretty much cooked this meal (except for R’s dessert), and we learned some neat new stuff. We took out some frozen Costco pork chops, which are boneless and very thick, and brined them overnight in the fridge. … Continue reading

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Thai chicken with basil; beef salad – 29 May 2011

IN PROCESS Great Thai dinner, mostly cooked by our guests M&N: We started with a beef salad: marinated one skirt steak (1 stalk lemon grass sliced thin, stems [roots would be better, ways M] from oneย  bunch of cilantro, juice … Continue reading

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Curry with Anchalee rice – 28 May 2011

I’m writing this the 6th of July, based on the photo and the history, so unfortunately the true ingredients for this dinner are lost. However, I remember that for our second Anchalee dinner, we ordered tons of their really interesting … Continue reading

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Chicken Caesar Salad at the Mountain Winery – 27 May 2011

Well, I was annoyed at myself for failing to take a picture of dinner till I remembered that the Mt. Winery – or rather the band that night – did not allow cameras into the site. Stupid, really, given that … Continue reading

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Snow White Soup – 26 May 2011

How’s this for a stark-looking meal? ๐Ÿ™‚ D made an old favorite of mine, which I don’t think he’s made before. It’s from Alan Hooker’s “Vegetarian Gourmet Cookery”, a cookbook we got from D’s Mom, perhaps… wow, must be 30 … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita; carrot sticks – 25 May 2011

Once again we were near the end of the bread so I offered to make a pizza. D expressed a fondness for Margherita, and since it is about the easiest possible pizza and I love it, how could I disagree? … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomatoes and basil – 24 May 2011

A quick and delicious dinner from D, and a wonderful new wine to have with it. D got home thinking to make a cauliflower soup from Alan Hooker (Snow White Soup) but it requires (REALLY requires) a garnish of grated … Continue reading

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Another take-out dinner from Anchalee – 23 May 2011

Great food again from Anchalee, after we worked on the house till almost 8:30. We had the crispy vegetable rolls again (not in the picture – I ate them too fast), wrapped shrimp (coated and deep fried along with some … Continue reading

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Omelette with chives, spring onions, and gruyere; zucchini with spring onions – 22 May 2011

Well, the world is still here, so we had dinner. We worked hard most of the day, and D planned a simple but good dinner of an omelette. He had some leftover spring onions, which he used both in the … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with pesto; avocado salad – 21 May 2011

D made this very nice and simple dinner. I’m writing this on the 26th, so I’m not absolutely sure of this, but I think he made this pesto earlier, using a humongous bunch – actually three humongous bunches – of … Continue reading

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Pizza with grilled eggplant, roasted red pepper, and Bulgarian feta – 20 May 2011

I offered to make a pizza since we were out of bread. There was a 4″ or so chunk from the wide end of a medium globe eggplant in the fridge, so I decided to use that up. D was … Continue reading

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Double-entry blogkeeping

I wrote an entry for the 20th of May on the 24th, but failed to fix the date. So when I went to look for it, it was lost. Could not find. So I wrote another one. The similarity of … Continue reading

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Pizza with grilled eggplant, roasted red pepper, and Bulgarian feta – 20 May 2011

I am filling in the occasional dinner when we run out of bread – always a pizza opportunity. We had maybe 4″ left from the fatter end of a medium globe eggplant that had been sitting in the fridge for … Continue reading

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Lamb chunks, morels, and artichokes – 19 May 2011

We got our case of wine from The People’s Wine Revolution and D made a dinner to celebrate. He defrosted a packet of 6 kebab-sized chunks of lamb from a Costco boneless leg of NZ lamb, and marinated these with … Continue reading

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Pizza with chard, goat cheese, and garlic/pepper oil – 18 May 2011

I’ve made this many times, so will go over it only briefly. Add 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes and a large clove of garlic, minced, to 2T olive oil and allow to stand till ready to use. Saute a minced … Continue reading

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Thai take-out from Anchalee – 17 May 2011

Another hard day of work on the house. We planned in advance to order take-out from Anchalee, which is about 1/2 mile from our house. It was really good food, as we knew from eating there once and having take-out … Continue reading

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Calabrian Pizza from Rotten City – 16 May 2011

We’re having a big cleanup/renovate week, with R helping me and D painting the kitchen, so D suggested we just plan on someone else cooking for us. R is a big fan of Emeryville’s Rotten City Pizza (named after its … Continue reading

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Asparagus bread pudding; garden salad with nasturtium – 15 May 2011

Ah, the annual asparagus bread pudding ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a lot of work, mostly in cleaning and picking leaves off the herb stems, but it is so worth it! The recipe is from Georgeanne Brennan’s Potager, an outstanding cookbook. We save … Continue reading

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Pesto; salad – 14 May 2011

D was painting the kitchen all afternoon, but had this easy dinner in mind. He had made pesto with a pile of basil I got at the Derby Street market last Tuesday – a shopping bag for $3 – and … Continue reading

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Pizza with artichoke hearts, arugula, and dried tomatoes – 13 May 2011

This is from The Edible Italian Garden. I used half a frozen white pizza dough. Defrosted in the morning, transferred to an oiled bowl about 5pm, and set in warm water. It turned out really well. I cooked the dough … Continue reading

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Pseudo-pizza on Acme herb slab – 12 May 2011

D made this quick and easy dinner using an Acme Bread “herb slab” cut in half crosswise as the pizza dough. He just topped it and broiled it to melt the cheese, and it was done. This is actually a … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce with basil – 11 May 2011

I bought tons of basil at the Derby Street Farmers’ Market yesterday, and washed it all up, which caused some leaves to fall off. D used them up in this pasta, along with some Romas he’d gotten at the Bowl … Continue reading

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Hardboiled egg with special salts; tapioca noodles in pad thai sauce; cold veggies – 10 May 2011

D actually started this dinner by trying to figure out what to do with leftover tapioca noodles from last night. They were king of mooshy, but tasty. He had left them out, I suspect to discard them, but I imagined … Continue reading

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Eggplant and green pepper with tapioca noodles and peanut dipping sauce – 9 May 2011

I think D made up this dish, except for the dipping sauce, which was actually poured over the top, rather than dipped in. I took the picture before putting on the sauce b/c I thought it would be prettier this … Continue reading

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