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Avocados with cottage cheese and French dressing before the Planning Commission meeting – 7 February 2018

We had pork tenderloin left, enough for sandwiches again, and we had one avocado that was ripening, but perhaps not quite ready. D said let’s have the sandwiches for lunch and see if the avo is rpier for dinner. I … Continue reading

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Grilled salmon; grilled zucchini, leftover rice with sweet white onions – 6 February 2018

I’m trying to choose dinners to use the wines we got recently – either tasters or testers – from Wine Mine or Costco. Obviously, no tasters from Costco – but this was one we tasted at Wine Mine. I liked … Continue reading

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Sandwiches with leftover grilled pork tenderloin; Brussels sprouts – 5 February 2018

My old notes on the grilled pork tenderloin recipe that we made the 3rd say that it’s worth making just for the leftovers, to use in sandwiches. These were really fine sandwiches, but not as obviously fabulous as the notes … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with two kinds of mushrooms; tall choi sum – 4 February 2018

We planned this dinner – by going to the Bowl and looking at mushrooms and choosing two – to go with a wine we were tasting from The Wine Mine. It was pricey, but we bought a bottle from the … Continue reading

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Grilled pork tenderloin with citrus glaze; choi sum; Thai jasmine rice – 3 February 2018

I was thinking of having the Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurtztraminer from the cellar with the meal for which it was bought a few years ago (R’s b/day choice) – a pork tenderloin confit from Gerald Hirigoyen’s Pintxos. Somehow, I … Continue reading

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Reheated Common Grill black bean soup with salsa, avocados, and sour cream; Brussels sprouts – 2 February 2018

Well, if the groundhog had been out here, he sure would have seen his shadow. Taken off his fur coat to boot. A lovely spring day, sunny and warm. Probably in the low 70s (though the interior of the house … Continue reading

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Crackers with sardines, Cambozola; piperade – 1 February 2018

Symphony night again, and D suggested we have more of the Cabozola we got at the Bowl, and add in a can of the sardines I got when they were tasting them at Costco last summer. We didn’t have bread, … Continue reading

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Omelette with mushrooms; piperade – 31 January 2018

Using Up Stuff dinner, and quite a tasty one. We had the last too-thin-to-plane 6 square inches of the Danke cheese, a red and a yellow pepper originally intended for polenta with greens and peppers (soon, soon) and two large, … Continue reading

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Common Grill Black Bean Soup; Brussels sprouts – 30 January 2018

To use up what was about 6.4 oz but should (per the recipe) have been 8 oz of remaining Niman Ranch ham – from a 3/4″ or so thick round slice that was a pound – well, I said I’ll … Continue reading

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Dinner at Juan’s for the heck of it – 29 January 2018

We couldn’t decide on dinner and nothing obvious was lying around. So we did a workout walk/weights in the early dark, then shower, then walked over to Juan’s. I ordered a half serving of chile rellenos (chile relleno, I guess) … Continue reading

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Fettucine with grilled radicchio and endive, toasted walnuts, and Roquefort – 28 January 2018

[Filling in missing entries on 8 Feb] This was a kick. D flying home and had a wine tasting with his lunch at Vino Volo, trying the “value reds” this time. He really enjoyed the Mencia and texted me about … Continue reading

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Personal pizza with potatoes, ham, and pancetta – 27 January 2018

[Filling in missing posts on 8 February] Another a bit-too-lazy dinner for one – I used the second half of the defrosted pizza dough, and made an ok but not great pizza. Cooked up the next-to-last round of pancetta, and … Continue reading

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Bonne Bouche cheese and sourdough baguette; pea pods – 26 January 2018

[Filling in missing posts on 8 February] I spent a large part of the day at the Walker Evans exhibit at SFMOMA. A great day. I had the second half of the Bonne Bouche, Vermont cheese for dinner, and a … Continue reading

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Fettucine with pea pods and mushrooms – 24 January 2018

This is the original-size recipe from Georgeanne Brennan’s Potager, with my quantities. Originals in [ ]s. I scaled it down for 4 oz fettucine (for one) tonight, but it should have been even smaller. Try 5 oz for two when … Continue reading

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Linguine with pancetta-mushroom cream sauce; Romano beans – 21 January 2018

This is a dish from the Contra Costa times [pretty sure] on Wednesday the 24th of July, 1996! I can’t find the article on the web, which I guess, given the date, is not surprising. The dish won the top … Continue reading

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Omelette with leftover cilantro/mint sauce; pea pods – 20 January 2018

D cooked this entirely, while I had a shower, b/c we were running a bit late. He made an omelette using three eggs, and adding the rest of the Old Rotterdam cheese, grated. When it was mostly or completely cooked, … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with a creamy gorgonzola sauce; kale – 17 January 2018

We have about 1 1/2 cups of heavy (whipping) cream left after apparently overbuying for Es unbirthday dinner on the 14th. R&E took half of about 3 cups and we have the rest. So, what to do with it? Came … Continue reading

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An un-birthday Indian feast – 14 January 2018

  E decided to delay her birthday dinner celebration so they could see Star Wars on the actual day, and then struggled a bit with the menu, deciding between two options, one easier, and one the one she really wanted. … Continue reading

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Fresh cranberry beans cooked in piperade and topped with an egg – 13 January 2018

Finally writing this up on the 22nd. D wanted to have this again – he’s become a piperade addict, and was already totally into fresh cranberry beans. We don’t have it quite right yet, but it’s worth perfecting. The recipe … Continue reading

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Posole Rojo – 12 January 2018

What do I call this – takeout? Dinner with friends? E texted us last night asking if we’d like some of the posole she had made – evidently a large recipe – and we of course said an enthusiastic yes! … Continue reading

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Omelette with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms; broccoli – 11 January 2018

We were thinking about making Gerald Hirigoyen’s recipe from Pintxos, wherein Ok, writing this the 18th, unfortunately. No idea where I was going with that sentence. LOL! I’ll look up the cookbook and see if I can add anything. […] … Continue reading

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Pizza with roasted red peppers, potatoes, and tapenade – 9 January 2018

An old favorite. I’m filling this in on the 16th so not sure why I decided I had to make this – just that I love it and it’s winter and there are red peppers in discount bags at the … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with three kinds of mushrooms; sauteed pea pods – 8 January 2018

D cooked a perfectly delicious pasta tonight – made it up on the spot. Or actually, he probably thought out bits and pieces previously… He cut up three large white mushrooms into rather thick chunks, and also used the extra … Continue reading

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Grilled chicken thighs; Thai jasmine rice; piperade – 7 January 2018

I bought a bag of four red bell peppers at the Bowl for I think 89 cents/lb, and another yellow one, expecting to make piperade with a red and a yellow. Also bought two tomatoes for the piperade, thinking I … Continue reading

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Pizza with radicchio, endive, walnuts, and Roquefort – 6 January 2018

When I was at the Bowl the other day, I noticed the radicchio and endive, which looked really nice, and remembered we had some gorgonzola dolce that wanted eating, so thought of this pizza. And then I didn’t use the … Continue reading

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