Monthly Archives: August 2013

Nicoise with black-eyed peas – 30 August 2013

D got some fresh black-eyed peas at the Bowl – pretty variety in their husks – and also had two hard boiled eggs in the fridge, leftover bits of Nicoise dressing, a few haricots, and random other things that suggested … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with Roma tomatoes, coppa, and Romano beans – 26 August 2013

I was so happy with this dinner! Partly b/c I didn’t have to make it – it just appeared, with my having to contribute only table-cleaning and water-lemoning-and-pouring – but mostly b/c it was really, really delicious! D came home … Continue reading

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Geek salad – 25 August 2013

Which is to say, almost a Greek salad but not quite. Whatever the heck it was, it was great! We didn’t have any feta, but we pretty much had everything else for a Greek salad, and D, having had a … Continue reading

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Ropa Vieja; black beans and rice; collards with bacon – 24 August 2013

R found four Riojas at Grocery Outlet, and we decided to taste them all with a meal of ropa vieja. I looked around the web for recipes, and found one on About.com that was apparently well received, and had an … Continue reading

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Ligurian pork chop; Thai jasmine rice; Romano beans – 23 August 2013

This is almost a recipe from Recipes from Paradise by Fred Plotkin. I forgot that it calls for marinating the boneless pork chop (Costco, 1 1/2″ or so thick) before then cooking it in the marinade (plus olives). I got … Continue reading

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Caprese – 21 August 2013

I made a Caprese, using Dirty Girl Produce dry-farmed early girl tomatoes, and Gustosella mozzarella di bufala from The Cheese Board. I bought those yesterday, and also the basil (organic, it seems) from Berkeley Bowl. The capers and the Costco … Continue reading

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Nicoise Salad – 17 August 2013

D suggested finishing off that can of Tonno with another Nicoise. Had more cooked beets in the fridge, and hard boiled eggs. I didn’t realize there were a few cooked beans left, so blanched (about 2 minutes b/c no further … Continue reading

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Tomato tarte – 8 August 2013

In honor of my friends J, who asked for the recipe, and R, who wondered about a “tarte,” I’m writing this one out in detail. It’s summer (i.e. Dirty Girl Produce has tomatoes, finally!) so the tomato recipes come out. … Continue reading

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Unbirthday Dinner at Chez Panisse! 7 August 2013

My birthday is close enough to Christmas that celebrating it is a burden rather than a pleasure, in an already overloaded season. So we move it to an arbitrary date in the summer. This works especially well for the “every … Continue reading

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Caprese; grilled zucchini with basil; carrot – 6 August 2013

SUMMER! It’s officially summer when Dirty Girl Produce brings their dry-farmed early girls to the farmers’ market 🙂 Today was the first day. I had planned, if the tomatoes were there, to make a tomato tart, but I got home … Continue reading

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Mixed leftovers over pasta; fabulous cheese – 4 August 2013

D was not here for dinner – or lunch, for that matter – so I found myself looking in the fridge, worrying about what was going to go bad. I boiled and then froze the lamb stock we made, decided … Continue reading

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