Monthly Archives: January 2014

Risotto with taleggio, kale and parsnips; avocado with olive oil and balsamic vinegar – 31 January 2014

D kept telling me he had an idea for tonight. It turned out he had a few, but settled on rerunning the risotto from La Cucina Italiana that we first cooked on New Year’s Day. [H/T to Issues, on Glen … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and pecorino; broccoli stems – 27 January 2014

D got home pretty late, but quickly had dinner planned and on the stove, and then cooked. This is his invention, his signature pasta, which is described here and here and multiple other places on this blog. He cooks mushrooms, … Continue reading

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“Ligurian pork chops”; Thai jasmine rice; Brussels sprouts – 26 January 2014

Since we were going to Costco today, and their boneless pork loin chops were on sale, I offered to cook tonight. The dinner was almost exactly the same as the 3rd of February last year!  I suggested, and D agreed … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with sausage and pinto beans; Brussels sprouts – 25 Jan 2014

D cooked tonight. He looked in the fridge at lunchtime and realized he should use up the pinto beans he cooked earlier in the week. He contemplated using some chicken from the freezer, but then decided to defrost a Berkeley … Continue reading

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Risotto with taleggio, kale, and sweet & sour carrots – 24 January 2014

D cooked his own version of a dinner we got recently out of La Cucina Italiana (in Italiano, Dec 2013 edition). He bought taleggio at Berkeley Bowl, and used curly kale from the garden (small, easily-cooked leaves), and white carrots … Continue reading

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Chorizo; rices and beans; Brussels sprouts – 23 January 2014

D had dinner waiting on the stove for me to arrive home, which I did about quarter to 8. Sorry about that. He cooked up the single Christopher Lee Chorizo sausage we had in the freezer, reheated some of the … Continue reading

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Catfish with rub; rices and beans; green beans – 22 January 2014

So, is this “All fish, all the time”? I came home and asked D that question but he said this is the last fish of the series. It was delicious, so we are discussing in future cooking more fish than … Continue reading

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Dover Sole with rice and mysterious things – 21 January 2014

D cooked for a second night. I got home about 7:15 and smelled fish – hoping it was new fish, and that the house did not still smell of fish from last night! But yes, it was new fish. It … Continue reading

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All pizza all the time, #3 – Pizza with sopressata at Rotten City Pizza – 13 January 2014

R originally recommended Rotten City to us quite awhile ago, and we’ve had two pizzas from them previously. One I loved, the other I was not crazy about. We decided to try a new one tonight – pizza with a … Continue reading

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All Pizza All the Time: #2 – Dinner at Pizza Moda – 12 January 2014

D suggested we go out to a sit-down dinner tonight at Pizza Moda, which I had found through a Google search of local pizza places. It sounded great on Yelp, so we gave it a try. Yelp was right this … Continue reading

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All pizza, all the time – #1 Arizmendi, Emeryville – 10 January 2014

D, remarkably enough, suggested we try a binge of “all pizza, all the time,” sampling multiple take-out or eat-in restaurants, plus my own pizza. We started with a trip to Arizmendi in Emeryville, after meeting with our title company for … Continue reading

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Skirt steak with mushrooms; Brussels sprouts with bacon – 7 January 2014

We’re in “using stuff up” mode, but trying to do it in good fashion. Tonight it was the rest of the mushrooms that we had around, before we acquired R’s extras that we had last night. I decided to saute … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, and parsley – 6 January 2014

We had a lot of mushrooms to use up, including some D bought and others that R had excess of and gave to us. I suggested D cook his signature pasta, a recipe he invented many years ago, and he … Continue reading

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Cacio e pere; warm apple and sage salad – 5 January 2014

Since more than half of the ravioli filling was left over from last night’s recipe from Saveur, D suggested just making the ravioli again, but adding more pear, since we could not really taste the pear last night. I did … Continue reading

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Cheese Foccacia; roasted Brussels sprouts – 3 January 2014

I don’t recall where the immediate idea came from to make this foccacia again, but I’m glad I did. It’s not something most of us would think of when we hear the word “foccacia.” When working the unyeasted dough, I … Continue reading

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Pizza with Fontina, Potatoes, and Tapenade – 2 January 2014

I’m finally typing in my version of this most excellent recipe from epicurious.com. The original was from Bon Appetit, so it had some unfortunate pre-made stuff in it (a tube of tapenade???) so this is actually a better version. Ingredients … Continue reading

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Risotto with taleggio, dinosaur kale, and slow-cooked parsnips – 1 January 2014

I spotted this recipe – by its photo, of course – in the 2013 Dicembre edition of La Cucina Italiana, which I get for D. This is the Italian version, which not only is in Italiano, but also has different recipes … Continue reading

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