Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pizza with red sauce and soppressata – 31 January 2012

We decided last night, having not started a bread, that I would cook a pizza tonight, and D would take over cooking tomorrow. I defrosted a 1/2 cup container of pizza sauce from the “32 Zesty Pizzas” recipe, which I … Continue reading

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Dinner at Mint Leaf – 30 January 2012

D and I decided last night that we might bail on cooking and try out a relatively new (new to us, for sure) restaurant in our neighborhood, a Vietnamese place called Mint Leaf. It was really good, not perfect, but … Continue reading

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Panini with soppressata, fontina and arugula; chard with garlic – 29 January 2012

I wanted to use some Fontina Valle d’Aosta I had bought at the Cheese Board last week, and this recipe seemed ideal – easy and interesting. I used Fra’ Mani soppressata I got at Berkeley Bowl, and also baby wild … Continue reading

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Grilled swordfish with red pepper aioli; Thai jasmine rice; mashed turnip – 27 January 2012

Well, I have done a pretty lousy job of cooking for myself this week, but I decided to make something really delicious tonight. I was thinking of grilled marinated beef kebabs, but when looking, ran across this recipe and decided … Continue reading

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Grilled eggplant “sandwiches” before the symphony – 26 January 2012

I decided to try this recipe without the prosciutto to see how it would work. The answer is: not great, but that could be a result of either the missing prosciutto – one entire slice per sandwich – or of … Continue reading

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Eggplant, red pepper and feta pizza with basil – 25 January 2012

I defrosted this crust in the morning by taking it out of the freezer, putting a little olive oil into a medium porcelain bowl, rubbing the frozen dough all over carefully with oil, and leaving it in the bowl, tightly … Continue reading

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Crummy pizza and good wine – 23 January 2012

What was wrong with this? I think perhaps it just didn’t cook right in the smaller oven. Looked good, though. This was a quickie personal pizza of the Brussels sprouts and pancetta persuasion. The dough was made yesterday and stuck … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita; pear salad – 22 January 2012

D was getting ready for a trip, so I took over cooking and made a Pizza Margherita. I went to The Pasta Shop in west Berkeley and bought their fresh mozzarella, which is a tasty cow’s milk mozz. Nice that … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with haricots and olive tapenade – 21 January 2012

D cooked one of his specialties, but this one he didn’t make up. It’s from Chez Panisse Pasta, Pizza and Calzone, and uses an olive tapenade and briefly boiled haricots. D makes a tapenade out of olives – preferably Gaeta, … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato/hamburger/mushroom sauce – 20 January 2012

D took out the tomato sauce he made from ‘sell-quickly’ tomatoes and herbs, and to which he had added hamburger and a small amount of leftover grilled pork, and this time sauteed some sliced brown mushrooms to add. Very tasty … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with mushrooms, pinenuts, parsley and Pecorino Romano – 19 January 2012

D cooked his specialty: Mushrooms – brown, this time – are sliced and sauteed in olive oil with pinenuts. Parsley is cooked in (I think at the end) and also tossed fresh on the finished dish. The “sauce” is tossed … Continue reading

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Grilled chicken thighs; Brussels sprouts; rice – 18 January 2012

D defrosted a packet of four chicken thighs from Costco – wondering as he did why we got those with bones and skin (in a rush, first ones we found, didn’t look closely). He grilled these, salted and peppered, “for … Continue reading

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Linguine with shiitake stems, oranges and parsley; pear salad – 17 January 2012

D is cooking again, with my semester starting, so he is doing his usual raiding of the fridge, making interesting combinations out of whatever is there. The shiitakes were from … good grief, the 24th of December. They kept remarkably … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with hamburger, leftover pork, and other stuff – 16 January 2012

D took over cooking with my semester starting tomorrow. He took out the tomato sauce he made several days ago, and added to it. He started by heating some scallions that I saved in the fridge when I cut up … Continue reading

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Grilled pork tenderloin; pilaf; kale with pancetta – 15 January 2012

R was over for dinner and to look at old family slides. D and I and gone to Costco in the morning and bought pork tenderloins, and I grilled one of those for dinner. Looking for instructions on the grilling … Continue reading

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Panino with pesto, red pepper puree, and fresh mozzarella; yellow squash and tomatoes – 14 January 2012

Easy dinner tonight. When I cooked the eggplant “sandwiches” I had (as usual) some red pepper puree left over. I decided to use that in an imitation of a panino in a cookbook from ‘ino in New York. In fact, … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita – 13 January 2012

We were to be out of bread, so I scheduled a pizza for tonight. D preferenced a Margherita, which was definitely to my liking also. I had to make a new batch of sauce. Here is the recipe I used, … Continue reading

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Riccioli with grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and lots of other stuff; carrots – 12 January 2012

I had a lot of pieces that could have been put together into many different dinners. Finally what decided the matter was D’s leaning toward a Pizza Margherita for tomorrow night, which meant not an eggplant pizza, which left eggplant … Continue reading

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Eggplant, Prosciutto and Mozzarella “Sandwiches”; Kashi pilaf – 11 January 2012

When I bought the “fresh” mozzarella for the panini on the 9th, I knew there would be too much of it, so I decided to make this dish also, which had worked well with the odd, brineless freshmozz previously. And … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato-mushroom sauce; bruschetta with cannellini, boquerones, and piquillo peppers – 10 January 2012

I chose the main picture tonight b/c it was the more novel end of the meal, and also the coolest looking. This is a bruschetta of cannellini beans recooked with garlic and herbs, then topped with boquerones (white anchovies) and … Continue reading

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Panini; roasted sweet potato spears – 9 January 2012

We’re on our second scheduled night of watching The Singing Detective, having simple dinners that are on time and fairly quick to eat so we aren’t up all night. I chose a panini recipe from the ‘ino cookbook Simple Italian … Continue reading

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Curried pork with Thai spinach – 8 January 2012

I made a recipe from Thailand the Beautiful, a gift form R sometime back, and it was good, though I think I would make some changes in the amounts of the ingredients. I would increase the pork, and probably the … Continue reading

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Thai pork skewers and Lebanese zucchini with walnuts: an all-American dinner – 7 January 2012

I made my first recipe from Thai Street Food, which combines wonderful recipeness with coffee-table-bookness in a stunning and somewhat intimidating volume. I did choose a rather simple recipe, but still I found two ingredients I could not get (at … Continue reading

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Pizza with Brussels sprouts and pancetta – 6 January 2012

When I bought pancetta (minimum order 1/4 lb) for the pasta the other night, I also bought some Brussels sprouts so I could make this pizza to use up some of the remaining pancetta. I got a kick out of … Continue reading

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Alpine Spaghetti; Speck – 5 January 2012

I had decided to make the speck recipe we have at l’Osteria del Forno in SF, but I was in a quandary about what to serve along with it. Finally decided a very simple pasta would be ok. Still didn’t … Continue reading

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