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Roasted cabbage with Italian sausage – 7 October 2017

So. We had cabbage – the most bizarre, pointy-headed cabbage, which is why I couldn’t resist it when I saw at Dirty Girl Produce – and also Christopher Lee’s Italian sausages, and I ran across this recipe, in a Bon … Continue reading

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Bread, cheese, and fruit before the symphony – 5 October 2017

Two composers actually present at the symphony tonight – pretty cool 🙂 And my friend S said the elder statesman of the two held a seminar in her living room for composition fellows that afternoon. Amazing. We enjoyed the concert. … Continue reading

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Risotto in lamb stock with mushrooms and rosemary; haricots – 4 October 2017

D made stock out of the cut-off fat, and then the cooked bones, from the lamb loin chops we had the other day, and decided a risotto made with that would be good. He cooked the  1 cup arborio rice … Continue reading

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Ravioli with ricotta and fresh tomato sauce; simple salad with balsamic vinaigrette – 3 October 2017

We decided to use some of the remaining ricotta in another (third this week!) ravioli, with the fresh tomato sauce from La Cucina Italiana. I made the ravs, D made the sauce. D wanted to have simple ricotta – no … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with Italian sausage, sundried tomatoes, onion, and herbs; pear and walnut salad – 2 October 2017

I picked up a packet of four Italian sausages from Christopher Lee yesterday, and, since we had dinner planned for that night, tonight was the night for one of his sausages. We decided to make a pasta using one sausage, … Continue reading

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Bruschettae with beans, and with tomatoes and basil; pasta with parmaggiano; baby bok choi – 29 September 2017

I was sort of going to make ravioli tonight, but just got too unmotivated to go to the Bowl for spinach and go through that whole process by myself. We had cooked fresh cranberry beans that wanted eating, and the … Continue reading

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Pizza with tomatoes, sage, and gorgonzola – 28 September 2017

Our sage plant is going great guns, and we want to use as much of its bounty as possible before it goes relatively dormant for the winter. I said I’d make a pizza. D says “but we want to use … Continue reading

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Copy/paste from last night, with bread and cheese substitutions and colder wine. And daylight – 27 September 2017

  Title says it – we had more of the gazpacho, on the deck again, with the same wine (Beaujolais), but chilled to white wine temperature. It was fine without airing at this temp. Good idea of D’s to chill … Continue reading

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Another chance for gazpacho; bread & cheese; dinner on the deck – 26 September 2017

It was scheduled to be over 80, even here in the coldest part of the city, so I thought we should take the 3 cups of tomato juice we froze last time and make a second gazpacho from it. Notably, … Continue reading

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Lamb loin chops; panzanella with eggplant; exploding beer bottle – 23 September 2017

OK, so this set out to be a great dinner and it was, and then the beer (actually, cider) bottle explosion definitely made it a memorable evening. I wanted to make the eggplant panzanella from Weber’s Big Book of Grilling … Continue reading

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Gazpacho – 10 September 2017

Our first gazpacho of the season! Knowing it was supposed to be on the hotter side today (which might mean upper 70s ;)) the other day at the Bowl, I bought a large bottle of Campbell’s tomato juice, which is … Continue reading

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Flatiron steak from Prather Ranch; kale from the garden; boiled and refried Yukon Gold potatoes – 9 September 2017

D&R were at the market again, which was another opportunity to get Prather Ranch beef. D picked up a flatiron steak before they ran out, and cooked that tonight. He sliced garlic and put it on the steak and left … Continue reading

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Pizza with figs, cheeses, arugula, and caramelized onion – 8 September 2017

I decided to make this pizza as a good way to use up the gorgonzola dolce in the fridge. Then it turned out I didn’t have quite enough of the cheese, so I made two slices-worth of the pizza with … Continue reading

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Personal four-cheese pizza; salad with avocado and olives and nifty greens – 3 September 2017

I had another personal pizza today, using up some of the cheese that I think I bought before the Cheese Board’s vacation, for the purpose of making this pizza. More than once, clearly, since I think this is actually the … Continue reading

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Cold “poblano quiche”; marinated red peppers – 2 Sept 2017

Well, this experiment didn’t work, but it was worth a try I guess. Not awful, just not inviting. Last night I cooked an extra poblano quiche for tonight, wanting to see how it would be when cold. Answer: dense, not … Continue reading

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Grilled sirloin tip; panzanella senza pomodoro – 21 August 2017

D cooked this dinner b/c his ideas, and I did a lot of the prep. First of all, last week I found a video about panzanella without tomatoes – in Italiano – and we watched it and discovered that they … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita – 20 August 2017

I suggested we have this pizza b/c I had two more balls of Gustosella buffalo mozz to use, which I bought on spec before the Cheese Board went on their summer break. We used two of the balls in a … Continue reading

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Nicoise of small round things; Romano beans 18 August 2017

D wanted to use up the radishes and Tokyo turnips, as well as the last three itty quail eggs,  by making another Nicoise salad “with whatever we have around,” rather than shopping for stuff. The other half of the tuna … Continue reading

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Fettucine with tomato/chevre sauce – 17 August 2017

To use up more of the Laura Chenel chevre loaf I bought for a chard pizza awhile back, I decided to make this recipe, using fresh tomatoes (also wanting using) and sage from the back yard. I cooked up a … Continue reading

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Trying out E’s jarred family pasta sauce – 7 August 2017

  E tried out making a large batch of her family’s favorite spaghetti sauce – I think it contains both ground beef and ground pork, along with some sweet-flavored spices – and gave us a quart jar of it. I … Continue reading

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Personal four-cheese pizza, again; yellow beans – 6 August 2017

The last day of the show in SF, so D was gone for most of it (after I ran him up to the truck rental site). Had a great Skype chat with a former student for a letter. Also had … Continue reading

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Personal four-cheese pizza; kale from the garden – 5 August 2017

I decided halfway through the day that even if a mass dinner was to be gone to after D&R&E’s show in SF, I would not run in by BART and bus to get there. Two days in a row running … Continue reading

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Pintxos white bean, manchego, avocado and apple salad – 4 August 2017

I went in to the show in the morning with D&R&E, and came home by bus and BART before the end. Usually I go on for Friday afternoon (bus and BART or ferryboat) but this time I decided to skip … Continue reading

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Dinner at Castagna – 3 August 2017

I took BART and bus to Chestnut in the City to meet D, R, and E, who had spent the day/afternoon getting ready for the ACC show, in their various roles. They made it to Castagna before I did, b/c … Continue reading

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Bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwich after the Ecole “meeting” – 2 August 2017

Well, I thought I was going to make a salad from Pintxos, but lo and behold, I had forgotten it was based on cannellini beans… which have to be, y’know, COOKED in advance ‘n’ stuff. {sigh} Well, tomorrow, or if … Continue reading

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