Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pizza with radicchio, endive, walnuts, and Roquefort; kale – 30 March 2013

Addpix This is a pizza I first made in 2011. I followed that recipe tonight, with the following changes: I used a rather generous 1/4 cup of walnuts; I weighed the Roquefort (Societe, from The Cheese Board) at 2 oz. … Continue reading

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Special dinner for a special wine – 29 March 2013

Addpix A few years ago my friend M, a winemaker, gave D and me a tasting of some truly extraordinary wines, and I brought home a bottle of one, well beyond anything we would normally spend, but an exceptional bottle, … Continue reading

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Teglia di zucca e formaggio; salad with walnuts and Roquefort – 27 March 2013

Addpix R spotted this recipe in La Cucina Italiana (Italian version) from Dicembre 2012 (p. 74), and thought I should make it. It was very tasty, but needed more cooking than it said. I also thought there might be more … Continue reading

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Cannellini bruschetta; ricotta salata with favas; kale – 25 March 2013

Addpix I wanted to use up more of the cannellini beans I cooked up on Saturday, and also more of the favas D bought last week, before they respectively go bad. I decided to make a bruschetta by mashing some … Continue reading

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Pizza with arugula, toasted walnuts, and gorgonzola dolc – 24 March 2013

Addpix I rediscovered this pizza while searching last week for good arugula recipes, so we would use up the “pillow” of baby arugula we bought at the Bowl last weekend. I had an arugula salad (a large version of 1 … Continue reading

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Speck; broccoli – 23 March 2013

Still coming up with recipes to use up the arugula pillow D bought at the Bowl last weekend. “Speck” is the name of a dish we have at L’Osteria del Forno in San Francisco, and also the name of one … Continue reading

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Scrambled egg sandwich; celery – 22 March 2013

Addpix A minimalist dinner tonight, because we had lots of snacks and not a small bit of wine at a nice wine tasting event, by North Berkeley Wine, at The Wooden Duck furniture showroom. I just scrambled up one egg … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with Calabrian sausage and arugula – 21 March 2013

Addpix D made a wonderful pasta tonight, using a Calabrian sausage from Christopher Lee, and some more of the arugula pillow he bought on Saturday. He started by cooking chopped red onion in olive oil, then added slices of the … Continue reading

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Sorrel, leek and potato soup – 20 March 2013

A rainy and rather dreary first day of spring, and a perfect time for this favorite soup, from Potager by Georgeanne Brennan. D made the stock from the bones and odd bits of last week’s roast chicken. The rest is … Continue reading

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Fried egg and toast – 19 March 2013

I left work at 9:19 tonight. D knew I would be late and I had told him to go ahead and eat if he wanted to. He had bought a lovely Acme Pain au Levain on Monday, and before leaving … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with leftover skirt steak, arugula, and lemon; roasted asparagus – 18 March 2013

D cooked a very interesting and delicious pasta tonight, and added roasted asparagus for a wonderful veggie. He threw cut up leftover skirt steak into olive oil to heat up, then put very thin slices of lemon on top of … Continue reading

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Pizza with tomato sauce, cheeses, and arugula – 17 March 2013

D found an arugula pillow at the Bowl on Saturday morning, and now our mission is to use it all up before it goes bad. To that end, I put more than 2 cups of it on a pizza. I … Continue reading

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Skirt steak with cumin rub and arugula “gremolata”; asparagus with feta – 16 March 2013

D made a very good “Christmas” dinner, to go with my Christmas present of a wine-of-the-month. He decided last night, since we were going to Berkeley Bowl in the morning for a case of wine (have to arrive at 9 … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with olive tapenade and French beans – 15 March 2013

One of D’s specialties tonight: He cooks French green beans (haricots) in boiling salted water intended for the pasta, then removes them and puts in the spaghetti. But first, he makes a tapenade, using black olives (preferably Gaeta, which he … Continue reading

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More spaghetti with chicken, asparagus, and lemon – 13 March 2013

D wanted to try his neat pasta of last night with more crisply cooked chicken and more lemon. It was great! For the two of us, he thin-sliced a half lemon and four caperberries, a clove of garlic, and a … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with chicken, asparagus, and lemon – 12 March 2013

D decided last night that he should make a pasta today with some of the leftover chicken from the bird he roasted on Sunday. He cooked some sliced shallots in olive oil, then added chopped caperberries, and chicken chunks, salted … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato sauce with mushrooms and hamburger – 11 March 2013

D got home without an idea of what to cook, and was happy to find in the fridge the last of his tomato sauce, to which he’d added a half pound of hamburger last time. He heated this up, and … Continue reading

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Asparagus with feta; reheated chicken; potatoes; white sauce – 10 March 2013

D has bought fat asparagus at the Bowl twice recently, and it’s been sitting end-down in water on the island in two little plastic containers. Tonight he decided to make some of it into asparagus with feta. He decided to … Continue reading

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Roast chicken and mixed mostly-root vegetables – 9 March 2013

D decided to roast a chicken, so he would have some materials for dinners this week, as well as an elegant and delicious dinner for a Saturday night. He bought a free-range chicken this morning and immersed it in salt … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato sauce and hamburger – 8 March 2013

D was not happy with his tomato sauce the other night, and anyway, he likes to vary the repeats a bit. So tonight he added hamburger to the sauce, and it was very tasty. I salted mine quite a bit … Continue reading

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Dinner from Anchalee – 7 March 2013

We had a pain-in-the-neck financial form to fill out (will get us money, so not all bad) so D decided we should get takeout. He ordered from Anchalee and I went to pick up the order shortly after I got … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato/mushroom sauce; pan-roasted asparagus – 6 March 2013

D went to the Bowl today and evidently found, among other things, a bag of what we call “used tomatoes” – tomatoes on their way out, that need to be used immediately, and are bagged together for 99 cents. He … Continue reading

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Omelette with Chervil and Fontina Valle d’Aosta; Chard – 5 March 2012

I called D as I was leaving work at 7:15, and he was just on the way home, too. I got home and he had washed up some of the chard from our friend A at the garden at work, … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with Calabrian sausage, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts – 4 March 2013

This meal used up the last of Christopher Lee’s Calabrian sausage. D cooked the half sausage, broken up, and I think then cooked the mushrooms in the sausage fat. He undoubtedly boiled the Brussels sprouts and then recooked them in … Continue reading

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Potatoes with Calabrian sausage; broccoli – 3 March 2013

In conversation, D and I came up with two dinners for our last Calabrian sausage from Christopher Lee, so D used half the sausage for each dinner. He boiled Yukon Gold potatoes and cooked the sausage, separated into bits, then … Continue reading

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