Monthly Archives: June 2011

Pizza Margherita with My Own Fresh Mozzarella! – 30 June 2011

Wow, this turned out better than I expected! I made another variant on Pizza Margherita, and it was really quite good. And I made my own mozzarella balls from cheese curd! I used the 1/2 crust unused and frozen from … Continue reading

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Wine-tasting dinner at Local Mission Eatery, with wines from Clos Saron – 29 June 2011

We have really been impressed with Clos Saron wines. We figured that if this restaurant liked Clos Saron, we’d like the restaurant – and we were right! We got to sit at the bar (“seats 1 and 2,” we figured … Continue reading

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Cheeses and sugar snap peas before the City Council meeting – 28 June 2011

Dinner before yet another City Council meeting, so it had to be quick to eat. I went to the Cheese Board and got some Fromager d’Affinois, and also a nifty little ball of chevre, rather solid and creamy, coated with … Continue reading

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Wheel pasta with tomato-basil sauce; bruschetta with cranberry beans; cold asparagus with aioli – 27 June 2011

Well, I really had to use up last week’s tomato sauce, and the basil I bought for the eggplant-sandwich pizza the other day had wilted into a sad little bunch of lifeless leaves in one day, so I combined the … Continue reading

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Chicken, beef, salads, and gnocchi at a friend’s birthday party – 26 June 2011

And the winner is…. the gnocchi, covered in a light creamy basil sauce. Also a tasty roast beef, a tomato-covered chicken, a very nice roasted potato, greens with dressing, and a Greek salad. It was a fine meal, with a … Continue reading

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Pseudo-cassoulet; braised mixed greens – 25 June 2011

D and I cooked this one together, though for the main dish, we were mostly using his ideas. It was time for a Christmas (a dinner worthy of his personally chosen ‘wine-of-the-month’ gift to me), and he wanted to pull … Continue reading

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Chicken satay; peanut dip; cucumber-carrot pickle; cucumber relish; Thai jasmine rice – 24 June 2011

Wow! A very successful experiment tonight! I tried four more recipes from Saveur, from the May 2011 edition this time, and they all worked. Chicken Satay (Satay Ayam), Javanese Peanut Sauce (Saus Kacang Tanah), and two somewhat similar condiments: Thai … Continue reading

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Pizza with roasted red pepper sauce, grilled eggplant, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella curd, and basil – 23 June 2011

This was a pretty good but not perfect rendition of a pizza I made last year, which was amazing the first time and has never been equalled since. Including this one, but it was still a good dinner. I made … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato sauce and sausage; sugar snap peas with mint – 22 June 2011

A few days ago at the Bowl I found Roma tomatoes in a ‘use me quick’ 99 cent bag. I brought them home, and D set about making a tomato sauce with them, cooking garlic and onions, the chopped tomatoes, … Continue reading

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Pasta salad with sliced ham and sugar snap peas; Pecorino Crotonese – 21 June 2011

It was an actual Hot Day, scheduled to be 89 degrees, which was an excellent excuse for a pasta salad. I didn’t have anything in particular in mind, but there were 2 slices of Saag’s Black Forest Ham that wanted … Continue reading

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Panini on Acme herb slab with roasted red peppers and Bulgarian feta; avocado salad – 20 June 2011

In this dinner, I used up the other two red peppers I had bought in an 89c/lb bag at the Bowl and roasted on the 17th. I made two of them into sauce for the grilled eggplant sandwiches that day, … Continue reading

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Salmon in tarragon cream sauce; taku choi; Thai jasmine rice – 19 June 2011

Well, I had half a cup of heavy cream to find a use for, and also a richly leaved stem of tarragon I didn’t use in the potato salad, so this was the answer. It’s a recipe from Fifteen-Minute Meals … Continue reading

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Pizza with artichoke hearts and prosciutto; chard – 18 June 2011

I decided to use up some of the remaining prosciutto in a pizza, and found this successful experiment, poorly recorded, from earlier in the year. In addition to the prosciutto, I had a small (6.5 oz) jar of Passport artichoke … Continue reading

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Eggplant sandwiches with prosciutto, red pepper puree, and fresh mozzarella; Kashi “pilaf” – 17 June 2011

I originally thought I’d make a pizza tonight, but we decided to put off making bread till Sunday morning, which left two breadless dinners, so I had a choice of what to do when. The Bowl has had bags of … Continue reading

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Hamburger; tarragon potato salad; zucchini with tomato and onion; pickle – 16 June 2011

A simple and yummy meal – well, simple, but it still took an hour to make! I moved a half-pound of hamburger from freezer to fridge a couple of days ago to defrost, and today mixed it with minced yellow … Continue reading

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Leftover lamb biryani; broccoli; peach – 15 June 2011

Easy dinner tonight – I just reheated the lamb biryani and cooked some broccoli. To reheat the lamb biryani, I put a small layer of water into a saucepan for steam, added an appropriate amount of the l.b., covered it, … Continue reading

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Small plates – 14 June 2011

OK, to use up the radicchio from Monday’s pasta, I could buy some prosciutto and wrap and grill radicchio wedges. Then to use up the prosciutto, I could make a pizza… But what to have along with the radicchio and … Continue reading

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Linguine with grilled radicchio and endive, Roquefort, and toasted walnuts – 13 June 2011

I was looking for something to have with fresh bread, and came up with this pasta, which used some of the excellent Roquefort I got at the Cheese Board on Friday. This is from the Weber’s Art of the Grill, … Continue reading

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Lamb biryani; broccolini – 12 June 2011

I finally am getting a bit ambitious with the start of summer “vacation”. Have a lot of work to do, but the days are not as structured, so I can be at home early, and have enough time to cook … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita; asparagus with morels – 11 June 2011

I knew we would be out of bread, and that I would probably have lunch at the farmers’ market (Himalayan! Super!) while D was doing a small show. I decided not to make bread for dinner, but instead to consider … Continue reading

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Nasturtium pasta; zucchini – 10 June 2011

I decided to use the rampant volunteer nasturtiums while they are abundant. This pasta, from The Pasta Bible (an exceptionally good cookbook), is actually called Penne in a Piquant Cream Sauce, but the salient feature, for me, is the color … Continue reading

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Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich; broccolini – 9 June 2011

Serious challenge… have to cook when there is bread, so no pizza! I was thinking about the two tomatoes that have been sitting here hoping to ripen, and now looking as though they are tired of the whole thing… what … Continue reading

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Pizza with dandelion greens, bacon, scallions and lemon; baby bok choi – 8 June 2011

We ran out of bread, so I took over cooking, with plans to make a pizza. I said to D, “I should make a pizza with dandelion greens,” (there being many plants still in the yard) and D said, “well, … Continue reading

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Potatoes, omelette, and bacon – 7 June 2011

P flew home this morning, so it’s just the two of us again. D made a simple meal using up the rest of the potatoes that he had boiled and then refried with onions for lunch a couple days ago. … Continue reading

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Fondue for four – 6 June 2011

When P visits, we always ask if he wants to have fondue during his visit. This time he brought it up unbidden. Of course, the plate never has anything on it but the bread. D cut up a carrot before … Continue reading

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