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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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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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“Three Sisters” grilled vegetable salad with cranberry beans, from Mitsitam – 1 July 2017

D suddenly got out a couple of cookbooks the other day b/c he wanted to explore some new recipes. One was the Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook from the National Museum of the American Indian. This is the first new recipe he’s … 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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Pizza with chard and goat cheese – 7 May 2017

Using up that 21 oz Costco vat of Laura Chenel chevre. Still. Used perhaps a bit under 2 more oz tonight on this pizza. I’ve done this many times, so won’t rewrite in entirety. But I did weigh the chard … Continue reading

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Ravioli with herbs and chevre; sauteed celery – 30 April 2017

D went to visit his friend and physical therapist J-M today, and among other things, they discussed the herb-filled gigantic ravioli J-M had had in Italy during her last visit. Also our friends R & L dropped in out of … Continue reading

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Easter dinner from La Cucina Italiana: Squab, fried, breaded brie, kale – 16 April 2017

This was an interesting but only partially successful meal, mostly from La Cucina Italiana‘s Pasqua edition for this year (which I picked up on Wednesday, just before our dinner to discuss what to cook for Easter). We started out trying … Continue reading

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Shrimp and tomato crostini – 27 Oct 2016

Hm. I made this ages ago – it was published in 1993, but I’m sure I’ve made it since – and remembered it as being really sumptuous, but I didn’t find it so tonight. Pretty, though 🙂 I bought a … Continue reading

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Truffled egg toasts with grilled asparagus – 15 November 2015

When I bought the Pain de Mie from Acme for yesterday’s croque monsieur, I realized we could use more of the loaf to have this mega treat again – though we’d have to bite the bullet on buying out-of-season asparagus. … Continue reading

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Pan-fried salmon; patate arrosto; canned corn – 1 June 2015

Aaack! Can’t believe, with all the time I had to sit at my computer while visiting at Mom’s that I didn’t write up ANY DINNERS. But I cooked most of them, so I can reconstruct based on the photos. I’m … Continue reading

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“Poblano quiche,” baby bok choi – 23 November 2014

I bought eggs, and then D also bought eggs, so we have a couple dozen to use up. Not a problem 🙂 I remembered this recipe when I saw some very happy-looking poblanos at the Bowl, and bought a very … Continue reading

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Contributed dinner with best friends – 12 September 2014

Our friends M&N and their daughter S and SIL M were in town, or nearby, anyway – about an hour away – and invited D, R, and me, and also their/our friends H&K, to a shared dinner, with each making … Continue reading

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Skirt steak sandwiches with cilantro sauce; beet greens; cold veggies – 19 August 2014

Easy dinner tonight. A couple nights ago we had half an Acme Sweet Rustic baguette left over, so I cut it in two and froze the pieces, anticipating making sandwiches with them. We had a bit of the grilled skirt … Continue reading

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Risotto with celery, parsley, and Humboldt Fog – 1 February 2014

D had some Humboldt Fog, a superb goat cheese from Cypress Grove, the other day, and thought it would taste really good with celery. He decided to make a risotto, and this is it. Pre-prep included cutting up celery stalks … Continue reading

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Lamb chops with “Lamb Merlot” marinade; kale with bacon; cannellini beans – 25 December 2013

Normally we would have a big feast that requires multiple cooks on Christmas, but with the guys engaged in a construction project-with-deadline, I was pretty much it till dark, so D and I settled on a fairly simple meal to … Continue reading

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Cream of celery soup; baby bok choi – 8 December 2013

I made this soup using a semi-recipe online friend B, but I’m sure I’m missing something. In particular, I don’t get a strong celery taste, though there are many more celery pieces per cubic centimeter than in the canned celery … Continue reading

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Nicoise Salad – 17 August 2013

D suggested finishing off that can of Tonno with another Nicoise. Had more cooked beets in the fridge, and hard boiled eggs. I didn’t realize there were a few cooked beans left, so blanched (about 2 minutes b/c no further … Continue reading

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Grilled lamb kebabs; cannellini bean salad; sugar snap peas with mint – 15 June 2013

Weber’s Art of the Grill has fabulous side dishes. I wanted to make this cannellini bean salad, though what it accompanies in the book – a marinated rack of lamb – is normally too pricey and too much work (i.e. … Continue reading

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Asparagus bread pudding; endive with gorgonzola dolce – 31 March 2013

Addpix With R & D working on the electricity for R’s house, I was on my own cooking this labor-intensive dish, except that D brought in, washed, and did the initial picking over of the herbs. Leaving only an hour’s … Continue reading

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Teglia di zucca e formaggio; salad with walnuts and Roquefort – 27 March 2013

Addpix R spotted this recipe in La Cucina Italiana (Italian version) from Dicembre 2012 (p. 74), and thought I should make it. It was very tasty, but needed more cooking than it said. I also thought there might be more … Continue reading

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Pizza with bacon and dandelion greens – 23 December 2012

Addpix We have some really happy looking dandelion greens in the front yard, and I thought I should make something with them – possible something related to Georgeanne Brennan’s excellent recipe for savory pancakes with bacon and dandelion greens. I … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomato-mushroom sauce; avocado salad – 11 July 2012

Our friend M was arriving but we didn’t know when, since he had an 11 hour drive. I had an idea what to make, but forgot his aversion to Roquefort, so we had to come up with another idea. D … Continue reading

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Grilled swordfish; citrus/avocado salad; rice; and a great wine match – 30 December 2011

I cooked a recipe/meal from a cookbook from Tsunami in Memphis, given to us by R&E. I had cooked this before. When our friend V gave D several perfectly ripe avocados, I decided to use one in this meal. Good … Continue reading

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2 December 2010 – Bread and cheese before the symphony, with green beans and mushrooms on the side

D bought two spectacular cheeses at the Cheese Board – a Bonne Bouche from Cremont, and Vento d’Estate. The Cremont cheese looked postively moldy, but was incredibly good, grey stuff and all. The Vento – hard enough to plane – … Continue reading

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28 August 2010 – Steak, mushrooms, and patate arrosto

Christmas in… August? Are we caught up? D went to the Bowl for some beef and bought some top sirloin for grilling. It was very tender and tasty. He just salted and peppered it and grilled it over branches of … Continue reading

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