Tag Archives: Cotes du Ventoux

Spaghetti with lamb – an inside-out ravioli pasta; fresh tomatoes – 24 September 2012

D cooked tonight because I expected I might have to stay late, which indeed turned out to be true. I asked yesterday if he could use the 1/4 lb of ground lamb that I didn’t need for last night’s meatballs, … Continue reading

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Grilled zucchini, eggplant, and red pepper in individual marinades; fresh mozzarella; refried rice – 18 June 2012

The other day I ran across this recipe in my recipe notebook, with a notation “Outstanding”, from 28 July 2011. I bought two small-medium zucchini, a rather fat Japanese eggplant, and a good sized “Holland” red pepper at the Bowl … Continue reading

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Black bean and Andouille sausage soup; Brussels sprouts – 1 March 2012

I was going to make this soup last weekend, but it got warm. Fortunately or otherwise, the cold, grey, and rain returned, and I made this soup yesterday afternoon so as to have it for dinner tonight. Unfortunately, I had … Continue reading

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Grilled swordfish with red pepper aioli; Thai jasmine rice; mashed turnip – 27 January 2012

Well, I have done a pretty lousy job of cooking for myself this week, but I decided to make something really delicious tonight. I was thinking of grilled marinated beef kebabs, but when looking, ran across this recipe and decided … Continue reading

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Crummy pizza and good wine – 23 January 2012

What was wrong with this? I think perhaps it just didn’t cook right in the smaller oven. Looked good, though. This was a quickie personal pizza of the Brussels sprouts and pancetta persuasion. The dough was made yesterday and stuck … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita; pear salad – 22 January 2012

D was getting ready for a trip, so I took over cooking and made a Pizza Margherita. I went to The Pasta Shop in west Berkeley and bought their fresh mozzarella, which is a tasty cow’s milk mozz. Nice that … Continue reading

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Alpine Spaghetti; Speck – 5 January 2012

I had decided to make the speck recipe we have at l’Osteria del Forno in SF, but I was in a quandary about what to serve along with it. Finally decided a very simple pasta would be ok. Still didn’t … Continue reading

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Vegetable tart; pear salad – 24 December 2011

This was a delicious tart, especially the crust, which was exceptional. The filling was incredibly time-consuming, but a different filling would work and be less demanding. The recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, Jan/Feb 2012. The filling is mainly leeks, sauteed … Continue reading

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Avgolemono; sugar snap peas with orange peel – 22 December 2011

D made a stock from the chicken carcass, and I suggested he make this soup with it, which is one where the quality of the stock really shows. The soup has mushrooms (or chicken as another option), riso, and finally … Continue reading

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Panini with treviso and scamorze; salad with pomegranate seeds – 12 December 2011

Last night I started a lamb curry which I intended to finish off tonight (cook another hour, add tomatoes and cilantro) while we brought home the Christmas tree from the Bowl. However, D found they were out of trees but … Continue reading

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Linguine with cranberry beans and arugula; grilled prosciutto-wrapped radicchio; fresh tomatoes – 30 October 2011

D cooked the cranberry beans I bought last week, in stock with rosemary and garlic. I used some of them last night on the speck, and the rest tonight on the pasta. The beans were sitting in a bit of … Continue reading

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Pizza with roasted red pepper sauce, grilled eggplant, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella curd, and basil – 23 June 2011

This was a pretty good but not perfect rendition of a pizza I made last year, which was amazing the first time and has never been equalled since. Including this one, but it was still a good dinner. I made … Continue reading

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Lamb biryani; broccolini – 12 June 2011

I finally am getting a bit ambitious with the start of summer “vacation”. Have a lot of work to do, but the days are not as structured, so I can be at home early, and have enough time to cook … Continue reading

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Grilled, brined pork chops, broccolini, and farro risotto – 30 May 2011

Our houseguests M&N pretty much cooked this meal (except for R’s dessert), and we learned some neat new stuff. We took out some frozen Costco pork chops, which are boneless and very thick, and brined them overnight in the fridge. … Continue reading

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Pizza with chard, goat cheese, and garlic/pepper oil – 18 May 2011

I’ve made this many times, so will go over it only briefly. Add 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes and a large clove of garlic, minced, to 2T olive oil and allow to stand till ready to use. Saute a minced … Continue reading

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Pizza with Brussels sprouts and pancetta – 16 January 2011

OK, wow, it worked! At least well enough to be a great dinner and to tell me what I needed to change. In New York last month, we had lunch at Motorino at the behest of my friend A. The … Continue reading

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19 December 2010 – Emptying the fridge

D is so good at making a delicious dinner out of whatever he finds. He boiled up the two Yukon golds and melted the rest of the Ementhaler over them. He cooked up the rest of the [whatever] choi by … Continue reading

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14 December 2010 – Omelette with Emmentaler and special mushroom; green beans

D cooked another quick and delicious meal after getting home from work about 7pm. He made an omelette with Emmentaler cheese that he got at the Bowl, and also sauteed an interesting mushroom (also from the Bowl) in butter. He … Continue reading

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6 December 2010 – Split pea soup with smoked ham; persimmon and walnut salad; fried pumpkin mush

Well, I really enjoyed this dinner, simple though it was. I made the soup yesterday (Sunday) to give it a chance to thicken, and also for the fat to rise to the top and gel so I could remove it. … Continue reading

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3 December 2010 – Pizza with marinated mushrooms, green pepper, and chevre

This is a spinoff of a Cheese Board recipe, but it is significantly changed from their book’s version. Theirs has a sundried tomato pesto, while I just chop some oil-packed sundried tomatoes and toss then and some of their oil … Continue reading

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24 October 2010 – Cannellini beans on toast; roasted tomatoes with garlic and thyme

What a great dinner! D bought Romas at the Bowl yesterday for the purpose of roasting them tonight, with garlic and thyme and oil. He decided to add cannellini beans, which he cooked with rosemary and garlic, after a Paul … Continue reading

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20 October 2010 – Bread, Brie, and veggies for Movie Night

I asked D if he wanted to watch a PBS film I was checking out for a possible class showing, and he thought it would be interesting, so we planned for it. (The Journey of Man – not enough science, … Continue reading

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13 October 2010 – Caprese before the Planning Commission meeting

The last Planning Commission meeting on the West Berkeley Project tonight. We had to attend, at least to witness, though not to speak this time. It was a pretty miserable experience, seeing pretty much everything we argued for be ignored … Continue reading

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12 October 2010 – Greek salad with fresh farmers’ market tomatoes

A pretty typical post-equinox 90 degree day here in unusually-sunny central-coast California., so I decided to continue with tomato season while I had the chance. A Greek salad seemed just the thing. We had some tomatoes from the Bowl called … Continue reading

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10 October 2010 – Heirloom tomato and goat cheese pizza with herbs

This is a Cheese Board recipe that I’d never tried before from their nice cookbook (which I bought, of course, for the pizzas). The other day I made an excel file of the pizzas I make or want to, and … Continue reading

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