Monthly Archives: August 2011

Spaghetti with white mushrooms, favas, and hard sausage; salad with arugula and a gift of cherry tomatoes – 19 August 2011

I asked D to make something where the multicolored cherry tomatoes from my friend J’s parents’ garden would stand out. He was considering cooking them (very lightly ) in a pasta, but decided on a salad instead. They were wonderful! … Continue reading

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Dinner with new friends – 18 August 2011

R’s dear friends J&M invited us to J’s parents’ house in Berkeley. Great meal, even better company – what a wonderful evening! J and her Dad V apparently did most of the cooking. We saw V grilling kefta (lamb with … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and Romano; salad with fresh tomatoes – 17 August 2011

D finally got to make the pasta he was on the way to making two days ago, when he discovered we didn’t have any pine nuts (the Costco bag in the bottom drawer of the fridge having finally run out … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with haricots and olive tapenade; tomatoes with shallots, balsamic vinegar, and basil – 16 August 2011

I suggested again to D that he might make this dish, since I had bought another sack of low-priced ($1.39/lb) haricots at the Bowl last week, and we still had some Gaeta olives. So he did. He also used the … Continue reading

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Made-up-on-the-spot pasta; salad with avocado – 15 August 2011

D took over cooking after his show ended yesterday, and he is great at dealing with an overloaded fridge and making good food come out of it. He was going to do his signature pasta of mushrooms, pinenuts, and parsley … Continue reading

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Personal whatever’s-there pizza; sautéed porcini with rosemary – 14 August 2011

There is much too much food around. I decided to make a pizza to use up some of the feta, but later noticed that there were also two small porcini that I had intended to use for lunch, until I … Continue reading

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Tomato tart – 13 August 2011

D and R were at their show again today, but didn’t have an evening there, so D was home for dinner by 8. I have been waiting to cook this tomato tart until good tomatoes were out. I got Early … Continue reading

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Cheeses and cold asparagus for dinner at an unspecified time – 11 August 2011

I thought D&R would be home for dinner, but without a pre-known time, so I went out and bought baguettes and cheeses at the Cheese Board, and some asparagus, which I cooked and chilled, and for which I made some … Continue reading

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Musroom pasta using porcini – 10 August 2011

The guys were setting up for their weekend show, and planned to leave SF in time for me to feed them at a normal dinner hour, there being another whole day to complete the setup. D suggested making his signature … Continue reading

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Porcini in scamorze; sea beans – 9 August 2011

We had some porcini and some cream left over from the porcini wonder dinner, so reran that (as planned, really, since D pointed out while I was shopping that both the package of cheese and the package of cream are … Continue reading

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Quick and easy dinner before the LBNL presentation in Emeryville – 8 August 2011

We had to attend another presentation regarding proposed developments for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s “second campus”, which were being advocated this evening for Berkeley, Emeryville, or a combination of the two. We wanted to arrive early, so had to leave … Continue reading

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Porcini in scamorze; haricots with cippolini – 7 August 2011

I found porcini at the Bowl on Friday and called D to see if he would like them for his Sunday dinner. He said yes, so I bought them, and also cream, so he could make this dish. He pointed … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with haricots and olive tapenade; cheeses with crackers – 6 August 2011

D cooked one of his special dishes tonight, at my suggestion. We had a lot of haricots, since I bought a discount bag at the Bowl earlier in the week, and this is a terrific way to use them. It’s … Continue reading

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Homemade pappardelle with pancetta and radicchio; zucchini-bell pepper tapas – 5 August 2011

I found this pasta recipe in the course of a completely different search at Saveur.com, and printed it out for consideration later. Which was not much later, it turns out. I used Paul Bertolli’s recipe for pasta: 1 cup flour, … Continue reading

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Leftover skirt steak with cilantro sauce and couscous; haricots with onions – 3 August 2011

We had three chunks of skirt steak left over from Saturday night (the 30th), and couscous from one dinner and lunch today (both for the lamb kefta), and I put them together for dinner. I reheated the beef by simply … Continue reading

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Pizza with mushrooms, spinach, tomatolets, and feta – 2 August 2011

I found this pizza on the net, in a search for pizzas with feta. We are out of bread (-> pizza) and we have too much leftover feta (-> feta) from Saturday. It was a pretty good pizza. I started … Continue reading

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Tagine of lamb kefta with lemon sauce; cold veggies – 1 August 2011

I actually USED UP a tin of turmeric. OK, I bought it 20 years ago. 30? At the Coop, which has not existed for a decade or more. But I actually did use it up! And the meal was terrific! … Continue reading

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