Tag Archives: Syrah/Shiraz

Ratatoille from the farm stand – 26 July 2018

I took a rare trip to M today, and arranged to arrive early so I could visit the farm stand, which I almost never see. The veggies were very beautiful, and I was trying to figure out what to do … Continue reading

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Broccoli calzoni – 2 February 2017

Brother B really liked these calzoni when I made them on a previous visit, so I went for it right away this time. I followed what I did last time. I forgot the recipe had parmaggiano in it and didn’t … 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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Millet and bean salad with tomatoes and basil; zucchini and yellow squash – 27 June 2015

D and a discussed the need to use the rest of the millet from the ratatoille dinner, and also to use basil, so obviously I googled “millet basil.” I got a recipe that we could mimic, though in fact we … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with mushrooms, pine nuts, and parsley; bruschetta with fresh cranberry beans – 20 November 2014

D decided to cook his signature pasta – mushrooms and pine nuts, cooked in oil, with parsley added – to go with a bruschetta of the last of the cranberry beans. Aside from the fact that he thought that he … Continue reading

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Nasturtium pizza – 30 August 2014

I decided to make up a new pizza, to use up at least something in the fridge. But what would it be? I decided to play off the nasturtium pasta recipe I make from The Pasta Bible, since I had … Continue reading

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Chili; canned green beans – 7 November 2011

D was cold at work today and came home wanting a hearty, warm dinner. He decided to make chili. He cooked the remaining more-than-half of a yellow onion from the fridge and some large garlic chunks in olive oil, then … Continue reading

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Pizza with pesto, potatoes, and prosciutto – 6 November 2011

D quailed at the idea of cooking tonight, following Jean-Pierre Moulle. “Can’t cook :(” he said. Since we were to run out of bread with lunch, I volunteered to make a pizza, which has no pretensions whatsoever to Chez Panisse … Continue reading

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Dinner with new friends – 18 August 2011

R’s dear friends J&M invited us to J’s parents’ house in Berkeley. Great meal, even better company – what a wonderful evening! J and her Dad V apparently did most of the cooking. We saw V grilling kefta (lamb with … Continue reading

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Not so good Pizza Margherita; excellent baby bok choy – 27 July 2011

The interesting part of this story is that I actually made the fresh mozzarella myself, starting from whole milk! Unfortunately, it was more like regular mozz, and would have been better grated than left to melt into a (non-)puddle. Everything … Continue reading

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Hamburger; tarragon potato salad; zucchini with tomato and onion; pickle – 16 June 2011

A simple and yummy meal – well, simple, but it still took an hour to make! I moved a half-pound of hamburger from freezer to fridge a couple of days ago to defrost, and today mixed it with minced yellow … Continue reading

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Pizza Margherita; carrot sticks – 25 May 2011

Once again we were near the end of the bread so I offered to make a pizza. D expressed a fondness for Margherita, and since it is about the easiest possible pizza and I love it, how could I disagree? … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with tomatoes and basil – 24 May 2011

A quick and delicious dinner from D, and a wonderful new wine to have with it. D got home thinking to make a cauliflower soup from Alan Hooker (Snow White Soup) but it requires (REALLY requires) a garnish of grated … Continue reading

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Lamb chunks, morels, and artichokes – 19 May 2011

We got our case of wine from The People’s Wine Revolution and D made a dinner to celebrate. He defrosted a packet of 6 kebab-sized chunks of lamb from a Costco boneless leg of NZ lamb, and marinated these with … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with canned tomatoes and fresh basil; pear salad with pickled onions – 4 February 2011

D got home late again, and put together another great, quick meal. The pasta is from a Ten Speed Press book we’ve had forever called something like “100 Best Pasta Recipes.” Heat olive oil, add canned tomatoes and break up, … Continue reading

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