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Bread, cheese and veggies before the symphony – 2 May 2019

We still had the half-round of Couronne de Fontenay that we didn’t eat on our long hike on the 28th, and I noted that it would make a good quick dinner for before the symphony. We also still had a … Continue reading

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Lamb kebabs, Thai jasmine rice, dino kale – 2 April 2019

Our friend R showed up for D to drive him to the airport, with bottles of recorked wine for us to finish. Amazing. We had planned a salad, which would go nicely with the rose we were thinking of having … Continue reading

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Leftover fagioli with added sausage; kale from the garden – 7 March 2019

We had one more dinner’s worth of fagioli all’uccelletto from Saturday, and I proposed to defrost a sausage and add it to the beans this time. I found pork sausage with rapini and pecorino from Christopher Lee, and decided on … Continue reading

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“Poblano Quiche”; broccoli – 4 February 2019

The scallion soup last week used half a cup of cream, so I had a half cup to use up somehow. I had decided to grill eggplant and red pepper for the pizza, and grilling (roasting) a poblano worked at … Continue reading

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Fondue for 8. Well, 7 1/2 :) English cucumber; carrots – 28 January 2019

Our last night in the land of relatives we had the family’s traditional fondue again. In addition to D & me, B&L were there, B&J&C (the 1/2), and also Z, who lives with them at the moment. Z had never … 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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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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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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Pizza with potatoes, roasted red pepper, and tapenade – 21 December 2017

A great fall/winter pizza – and a favorite. D really liked/s it and agreed with me that we liked it better than the Cheese Board pizza we had for lunch (got while picking up Fontina Valle d’Aosta for this pizza) … Continue reading

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Pork chops; mixed, leftover rices; edible pod peas – 16 December 2017

D cooked everything tonight. I defrosted a thick, boneless Costco pork chop early in the afternoon, and D took it from there. He split the chop into two thinner chops, seasoned with garlic slices, salt, pepper, and sage, and let … Continue reading

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Broccoli calzoni – 15 December 2017

When I went to the Bowl… was it last week? … I bought some broccoli with long stems, thinking to use the stems in this dish, while having the florets for our veggies a couple of times. I left some … Continue reading

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Pizza with Italian sausage, tomato sauce, arugula, and cheeses; orange, olive, and onion salad – 9 December 2017

I intended to make a pizza I first made in 2012, based on an epicurious recipe – just tomato sauce, mixed, grated fontina Valle d’Aosta and Pecorino Romano cheeses, and arugula tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette over the top. But. … Continue reading

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Grilled pork loin chops; Brussels sprouts; piperade – 4 December 2017

D grilled one boneless top pork loin chop from yesterday’s Costco trip, split into two normal-thickness pieces. He put lots of garlic slices (“which fell off”) on them while they awaited cooking and warmed to room temperature, as well as … Continue reading

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Pesto with the last of the basil; fruit salad – 15 November 2017

Home again, and eating up what needs to be eaten. First, it’s past the time our basil should have been killed by the weather, so we decided to pull all the plants (one bin, a mature set of stems sold … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with sausage topping; haricots – 3 November 2017

D wanted to have a pasta with sausage. This is odd. He usually gets all antsy about meat, for no obvious reason. But he wanted to have this pasta. We were trying to figure out how to eat till we … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with fresh San Marzano tomato sauce – 21 October 2017

Our wonderful neighbor S came by earlier in the week with a large bowlful of San Marzano tomatoes, which they grew and couldn’t use all of. D resolved to make them into a sauce, which is apparently why Italians grow … 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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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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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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Scallion pizza – 1 August 2017

After I made an asparagus pizza and complained I couldn’t taste the asparagus – but it was still good b/c of the scallions – D suggested a scallions-only pizza as a try. So I tried it, and it was good … Continue reading

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Fettucine with Calabrian sausage and porcini in a (defrosted) fresh-tomato sauce – 30 June 2017

D made up a good pasta sauce. He wanted to use the last of the Calabrian sausages from Christopher Lee, and I was not pleased with the freezer burn on the other one, so I carefully cut away all the … Continue reading

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Crackers and cheese; broccoli rabe – 29 June 2017

Filling this one in from photos on the 11th of July, b/c I made a big mistake on the marinated peppers (lunch) and have finally figured out what was wrong. We were out of bread, and for some reason I … Continue reading

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Grilled flatiron steak; boiled and fried potatoes; grilled spring onions; fresh carrots – 10 June 2017

D&R were at the Grand Lake market today and so I visited, and D&I decided to buy another flatiron steak from Prather Ranch. We’ve really liked the other two, and these are so small they aren’t even intimidatingly priced (this … Continue reading

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