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Two kinds of sausage; tabbouleh; red shishito; chard stems – 10 September 2018

D suggested we serve [some of] the rest of last night’s tabbouleh alongside some sausages. I’m always in favor of sausages, so great by me. I looked in the freezer and found two sausages we had traded R&E for, giving … Continue reading

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Tabbouleh; cucumber raita – 9 September 2018

Tabbouleh is one of the dishes on my “summer tomatoes” list, and we decided this would be a good time for it. We had three teensy Dirty Girl early girls left from Tuesday, and I gave those to D, while … Continue reading

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Melon, grapes, and cheeses to try with this wine – 4 September 2018

I remembered that we had really liked this wine when we had the bottle we bought at the Wine Mine tasting last month or so. We wrote on the bottle “melons, grapes, cheese,” but had it with something else [check … Continue reading

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Grilled sausages; piperade; boiled potatoes with parsley – 1 September (ack!) 2018

R texted about 5pm that he and E were bottling Stout. We had offered to make dinner for them on bottling days (only fair) but with advance warning. But we thought it would be fun, so when we were free, … Continue reading

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Four-cheese pizza; salad – 26 August 2018

This is the second four-cheese pizza I’ve made recently. I haven’t written the previous one up yet, so this will be my recipe post, I guess, since somehow the entire recipe doesn’t seem to appear on this blog. The original … Continue reading

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Ribs and Pizza at Aisle 5, after 2001 – 24 August 2018

R alerted us to the presence of the restored, original, 70mm version of 2001 showing for its 50th anniversary at the Grand Lake, which is Where To See 2001. We thought we had another week, but fortunately I looked on … Continue reading

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Spaghetti alla Puttanesca; bruschette with tomatoes and basil, cranberry beans – 23 August 2018

We had decided to make bruschetta with the last of the cranberry beans, and moved a pizza back by a day since there was that nice Acme Italian that we kept out for lunch. Decided to add in bruschetta with … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with cranberry beans and turnip greens; stuffed figs – 22 August 2018

D wanted to use some of the rest of the cooked cranberry beans in a pasta. On Tuesday, (yesterday) he had thought to look for something else to add to the dish that inspired him, but he got to looking … Continue reading

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Dinner at Asmara – 8 August 2018

My very old (as in long time), recently reunited friend C was in town with her husband J-P, and they arranged for us to have dinner at the Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurant Asmara, in Oakland, with them, and also our local friends … Continue reading

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Nasturtium pizza; lettuce salad – 4 August 2018

The intersection of nasturtium season with tomato season is brief. By the time good tomatoes appear in the farmers’ markets, the nasturtiums, being unwatered for months (we’re good Californians) are drying up, though they will still produce the a few … Continue reading

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Ratatoille from the farm stand – 26 July 2018

I took a rare trip to M today, and arranged to arrive early so I could visit the farm stand, which I almost never see. The veggies were very beautiful, and I was trying to figure out what to do … Continue reading

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Maltagliati with chives and bacon; salad – 24 July 2018

For the two of us for dinner, we need something like 2/3 of a recipe of Paul Bertolli’s pasta dough – which is irreducible b/c it has one egg – so I dry the remainder in some useful form. When … Continue reading

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Two locally-made sausages; refried potatoes with chives; zucchini; reheated roasted tomatoes with thyme and garlic – 23 July 2018

This dinner was D’s idea – some leftovers, a new zucchino, and two different sausages from recent farmers’ market purchases. I cooked the zucchini in olive oil with salt and pepper, and also reheated the boiled potato chunks in EVOO … Continue reading

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Fresh pappardelle with sausage and chicory; zucchini – 22 July 2018

D invented this, after a dish I cook with some low frequency, radicchio with bacon/pancetta, the original from Saveur. It mostly worked really well; the only exception is that we misguessed how to cook the chicory, and it was too … Continue reading

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Fettucine with fresh tomato sauce and chevre; avocado and olive salad – 21 July 2018

What a great Saturday – relaxing, though full, b/c we did everything in a relaxed way. Started with a bike trip to Cheese Board for Parmaggiano Reggiano and a City Bread loaf, then to Missing Link for a new pump, … Continue reading

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Pappardelle with radicchio and bacon; four-lettuce salad – 9 July 2018

We had a little bit of radicchio to use up – about 2.3 oz, as it turns out, in good shape, all usable but the core – so I decided this pasta would be a good use for it. Amazing … Continue reading

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Risotto with taleggio, kale, sweet&sour parsnips, and not enough rice – 8 July 2018

D found parsnips at the farmers’ market awhile back and bought them, thinking to make this risotto (I wrote in the recipe here). We finally got to Cheese Board for taleggio on Thursday, and I bought the kale at the … Continue reading

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Oven-roasted baby back ribs; roasted tomatoes; radish greens; marinated red peppers – 7 July 2018

Back on the 2nd, while buying a pork loin roast, I noticed a sign at the meat counter that baby back ribs (pork) were on sale for $3.69/lb, which was $3/lb off the regular price. I’ve never cooked pork ribs, … Continue reading

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Breakfast for Dinner: Fried eggs; Country Sage sausage; multigrain toast; pan-cooked tomato; green beans – 1 July 2018

We put off (again) a pork roast of some kind, in part b/c we haven’t settled on what kind that’s going to be, and partly b/c it’s Sunday and going to the Bowl is not optimal on the weekend. So: … Continue reading

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Grilled chicken thighs; grilled eggplant; marinated roasted red pepper; lunch at El Tazumal – 30 June 2018

We got a $31 (yikes!) Ventoux at The Wine Mine and were going to make a roast pork, which we would have to go buy, and we sort of decided that was too much work. Or partly, that for the … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and pecorino; super-vegetabley salad – 9 June 2018

We can’t remember what was the third (F,S,S) dinner we thought up to have over this weekend (till it is safe to return to the Bowl on Monday). But this was one of them – scheduled for Friday until D … Continue reading

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Pan-fried tilapia; Moros y Cristianos; radish greens – 8 June 2018

Out of the blue, D said You could buy fish since you’re going to the Bowl. Who said anything about fish? Seems he had in mind that black beans and rice would go nicely with fish, which of course was … Continue reading

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Fettucine with mushrooms and pea pods – 7 June 2018

I think I’ve got this recipe for two down, finally. Probably… For two people, one of whom (that would be D) likes large pasta servings (2 oz dried = 1 serving), I use 5 oz dry fettucine. These measurements should … Continue reading

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Spaghetti and tomato sauce with mushrooms and sausage; filet beans – 6 June 2018

We had perhaps 2/3 of a can of diced tomatoes left from D’s puttanesca back on the 30th. I volunteered to use it up in this punted pasta. I just cooked onions and probably garlic (writing on the 11th), then … Continue reading

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Microwave-poached salmon with pea pods; Thai jasmine rice – 5 June 2018

Another really nice dinner for the “new” (newly received) Mary Grabill dishes. Since the salmon has a lot of liquid in its parchment packet, the brief sides, adding the characteristics of a low bowl, make this design an excellent one … Continue reading

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