Monthly Archives: July 2011

Linguine with shell beans and leftover skirt steak; dandelion salad with anchovy dressing – 31 July 2011

OMG the end of July already?? OK, so D cooked dinner tonight as a one-off, b/c I bought him some cranberry beans after he mentioned seeing them at the Bowl. He shelled them, and then cooked them in water with … Continue reading

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Pasta with tomato-eggplant sauce; green salad – 29 July 2011

I had two more eggplants and most of that humongous $1 bunch of basil still around, and decided to put them together into a pasta, since we had bread. I went to the Bowl to buy stuff for tomorrow’s dinner … Continue reading

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Not so good Pizza Margherita; excellent baby bok choy – 27 July 2011

The interesting part of this story is that I actually made the fresh mozzarella myself, starting from whole milk! Unfortunately, it was more like regular mozz, and would have been better grated than left to melt into a (non-)puddle. Everything … Continue reading

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Leftover braised pork and vegetables; sauteed collards – 26 July 2011

This was a really tasty dinner! We had planned out when to use the braised pork leftovers, and conveniently were given some very beautiful collards last night at the Berkeley crop-swap that went perfectly with the pork. Pork, potatoes, carrots, … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato sauce and sausage; salad – 25 July 2011

We had bread to eat (remainder of an Acme Ciabatta), so I made a pasta. There was some basil in the fridge that I had used for a batch of Margherita sauce and intended to use for the pizza, but … Continue reading

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Braised pork shoulder; potatoes; applesauce; salad – 24 July 2011

Two streams converged to produce this dinner. One, our massive oversupply of culled immature apples from our tree led D to make a massive vat of applesauce, and he suggested maybe we should have pork chops for dinner, since I … Continue reading

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Pizza Politana with Donkey & Goat Wine at the opening of the new winery – 23 July 2011

Wow, this was one great dinner! We ate standing up at a higher-than-waist-high barrel, with no utensils, and had fantastic pizza and great wine. We attended the grand opening celebration of Donkey & Goat’s new winery. The wine tasting was … Continue reading

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Bolani; orzo salad; zucchini – 22 July 2011

This was a “what needs using up” dinner, but it was also a very tasty one. I bought three packages of Bolani at the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market last weekend, and we had some of those – pieces of both … Continue reading

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Leftover eggplant tagine, this time with couscous – 21 July 2011

Leftovers sure make an easy dinner. I went in to work today and came home about 5, and had a couple of hours to work around the house before I had to start dinner. I just reheated the eggplant tagine … Continue reading

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Dinner at Riva Cucina! – 20 July 2011

We had another superb dinner at Riva Cucina, to celebrate D&R selling a piece to someone who saw their work at Riva. We split two appetizers, and each had pasta for dinner. We all chose the same dessert. R & … Continue reading

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Pizza ai Quattro Formaggi; Zucchini with tomatoes and onions – 19 July 2011

I was planning to make my own fresh mozzarella today, and use it for a Pizza Margherita; However, I don’t have a cheese thermometer yet, so I decided to wait. I had bought provolone at the Cheese Board on Saturday(?) … Continue reading

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Tagine of baby eggplants in tomato sauce; bolani with hummus – 18 July 2011

I spotted this recipe I think on the day I bought this cookbook, expecting we would like it, and I’m pleased to know that is correct. It’s easy to do, though there is a lot of pre-prep. Of course, for … Continue reading

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Pizza with tomatoes, feta, lemon, olives, capers, and anchovies – 17 July 2011

This was D’s idea. He suggested it while we were eating our pizza on the 15th – eliminate the cilantro and add capers, anchovies, and olives instead. So, I tried it. Sorry about the fuzzy photo… It was a good … Continue reading

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Tuna confit sandwiches on Acme rolls; arugula salad; mushrooms with rosemary – 16 July 2011

This was take-out with flair 🙂 We couldn’t go to the Kermit Lynch/Cafe Fanny/Acme Bread Bastille Day party for lunch, but I realized I could get the food and the wine before the event ended, and serve it for dinner, … Continue reading

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Pizza with tomato, feta, lemon, and cilantro – 15 July 2011

Yikes, is it the 15th of July already?? OK, I am cooking again so of course we had pizza. I made a new crust that is 1/4 whole wheat flour, and froze half the recipe. The rest was dinner. This … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with shell beans and homemade Italian sausage – 14 July 2011

D bought a small batch of cranberry beans at the Bowl a couple of days ago, being worried they would disappear soon; and he cooked them today. At lunch, we shelled the beans, and he cooked them for maybe 20 … Continue reading

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Spaghetti al Cacio e Pepe; Brussels sprouts – 13 July 2011

D cooked this in a flash, after we put together another apple pie and popped it in the oven. Great dinner 🙂 The recipe is from Trattoria by Patricia Wells. You  cook spaghetti as usual, and toss it with grated … Continue reading

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Cheese, baguette, and fruit before the City Council meeting – 12 July 2011

Needing a quick and easy dinner before the City Council meeting, I went to the Cheese Board and bought two cheeses for dinner. One was an old favorite – Fromager d’Affinois. The other was suggested to me by the CB … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with haricots and olive tapenade; bruschetta with shell beans – 11 July 2011

What a terrific dinner! D made one of his specialties tonight. This recipe is from Chez Panisse “Pasta, Pizza, and Calzone”. He found haricots at the Bowl in a cheapo bag the other day (ok, for haricots, “cheapo” is less … Continue reading

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Polenta with red and green peppers and mixed greens – 10 July 2011

D cooked an old favorite tonight, with some variations. This is from Georgeanne Brennan’s Potager, one of the best cookbooks we’ve ever had. It has two parts: polenta, 1:6 with water, cooked for  quite a long time, with cheese added … Continue reading

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Porcini in melted scamorze; dandelion green salad with anchovy dressing; haricots – 9 July 2011

It’s really fun having had this blog for a year and a half. Today D ran across some porcini, and immediately decided to rerun an experiment he did last year, where he used them in a sort of thickish quiche, … Continue reading

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Minestrone; dandelion green salad with anchovy dressing – 8 July 2011

Calling before he left work, D was wondering what we would have for dinner. Ten minutes later, he walked in the front door holding dandelion greens plucked from the front yard, and proceeded to make a wonderful meal. He defrosted … Continue reading

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Pasta with cranberry beans and soppresatta; zucchini – 7 July 2011

Great dinner tonight! D bought more cranberry beans at the Bowl, and cooked them at lunchtime in lamb stock from the freezer (about a quart). He added savory and thyme from the garden, and boiled them about 1/2 an hour … Continue reading

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Tilapia; rice; Brussels sprouts; cucumber relish – 6 July 2011

D was all set to cook some fish with salsa, since we had a lot of salsa leftover from the vat he made for lunch today. However, he was really interested in tasting the fish more on its own, so … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato sauce; chard from the garden – 5 July 2011

D put this together after getting home from work, and it was a very good dinner. For the pasta sauce, he cooked olive oil, a can of tomato paste, some oregano from the garden and parsley from the Bowl (shame … Continue reading

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