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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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Pizza with Wells sauce, mushrooms, and hard sausage – 15 May 2017

I used up the remaining mushrooms on this pizza, just sauteeing in oil or butter or both (probably just oil… writing this on the 30th…) and the last chunk of the Columbus hot soppressata I got at Costco ages ago, … Continue reading

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Dinner at Riva Cucina – 11 May 2017

D and I decided finally to get to Riva Cucina, which we had tried to do on 17 December (but they apologetically said they had only one table, by the door, and someone else was asking for it so if … Continue reading

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Lamb Merlot; semolina with bay; asparagus with aioli – 8 May 2017

We had this odd non-cut of a lamb leg in the freezer, left over from some previous lamb dinner (with R&E) when the requested cut was made in the wrong place. Instead of getting a shortened bone-in leg of lamb … Continue reading

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Fettucine with pea pods and mushrooms – 3 April 2017

I ran across this old favorite recipe in Georgeanne Brennan’s Potager a couple weeks ago, and wondered if brother B might like it. Score! He loved it! I was telling him before we ate that I should (facetiously) have hm … Continue reading

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Omelette with Monterey Jack, fresh salsa, and avocado – 4 February 2017

At Mom and brother B’s, moi cooking. I noticed a display of fresh salsas (and guacamole etc.) at the entrance to the Safeway the other day, and decided to make this favorite omelette of mine. I bought a couple of … Continue reading

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Fettucine with prosciutto, pine nuts, parsley, and lemon; kale – 18 January 2017

This is based on a recipe from Gourmet’s America – IIRC the recipe/photo that convinced me to buy the book, back lo those many years, on the same Costco visit when I bought The Pasta Bible. Woa. This is what … Continue reading

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Paccheri with mushrooms and boudin blanc; green beans – 14 January 2017

We needed to use up some white mushrooms, and I suggested trying my boudin blanc pasta with these instead of the usual eryngii and hen-of-the-woods (maitake). I had bought cream for [what turns out to be] tomorrow’s “poblano quiche” so … Continue reading

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Pizza with zucchini, corn, feta, and cilantro. And lime. And red pepper flakes – 9 January 2017

We had cilantro left over from the pinto bean soup, zucchini b/c I bought one (not noticing the half zucchino in the fridge, which today died a sad death resulting in my cleaning out the refrigerator drawer), and feta from … Continue reading

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Good pizza with mushrooms and green pepper; green beans – 27 December 2016

Still cooking for brother B at Mom’s, to give him a cooking break in his caring for Mom. So. I redeemed myself on the pizza front. Very unusual pizza for me (sorta “Americano”) but worked fine. D looked up the … Continue reading

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Denver sandwich; sugar snap peas – 22 December 2016

Moi cooking for brother B and Mom at their house: B not terribly interested in food when he gets home from work but happy to have good, though simple, veggie meals. I thought a Denver sandwich would serve well, and … Continue reading

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Grilled lamb with “Indian spices”; cumin-spiced kabocha squash; naan – 3 November 2016

I discovered that my remaining half of a large kabocha squash was still doing fine in the fridge, so thought about ways to use it. I came up with one, then decided perhaps it needed lamb to go with, then … Continue reading

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Leftover French lentil salad – 14 January 2016

On Monday the 11th we left half of everything, separately packaged, so we could have this French lentil salad a second time. I added a bit of water to the lentils and stirred them, also salted them with several shakes … Continue reading

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Collard greens “Miniera” with Spanish chorizo; semolina with bay – 25 January 2015

There is no contemporary draft for this dinner (or lunch) but it’s really clear from (a larger version of) the photo what we had. [Writing this 20150618.] Collard greens, stemmed, then tightly rolled up and cut crosswise into a 1/4″ … Continue reading

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“Cheese foccacia,” greens – 24 January 2015

This is called a “foccacia” in the book “Recipes from Paradise,” by Fred Plotkin, but it is not what most people would think of as a foccacia – no yeast. It is more like a pasta dough in feel. Pretty … Continue reading

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Baked potatoes with sour cream and chives; radicchio and prosciutto – 12 January 2015

We have a lot of loose ends in the fridge to use up, in addition to some nice veggies from the Saturday farmers’ market in Berkeley that we don’t want to go bad. Had those twice already. D found the … Continue reading

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Red Baron frozen pizza with fresh basil leaves; green beans – 30 December 2014

Actually, I didn’t write down the name of the brand or photograph the box, but I’m pretty sure from googling it that the Red Baron box is the right one. No idea which variant. This brand clearly is not about … Continue reading

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Tuna in white sauce over egg noodles; “southwest” frozen vegetable mix – 28 December 2014

Mom usually doesn’t check her shelves before going shopping, and cruises the aisles picking up whatever she thinks she might need – but often, she already has plenty. Realizing she had way too much tuna (still no problem with expiration … Continue reading

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Return to Pizza Moda – 17 December 2014

Unsubtly, I looked up Pizza Moda today (my birthday “trad.”) and discovered they had, back on the menu, the first pizza we’d had there, last January, that really sold us on the place in one bite. Later, I called D … Continue reading

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Truffled egg toast with asparagus; cranberry beans; persimmon and walnut salad – 15 November 2014

Having some asparagus that wants eating (in fact, some stalks are sprouting from the tips – but I promise the picture below was taken two days later) and my having discovered in the freezer some Pain de Mie we froze … Continue reading

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