Yearly Archives: 2012

Roll Your Own

If you’ve never rolled your own sushi, WHY NOT!? So what if it’s ugly. So what if it falls apart. It’s fun and so much cheaper. One of my son’s favorite books when he was a baby was First Book … Continue reading

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Pan-fried Sole with Grapefruit Salsa

This is an easy and pretty healthy dish. It’s perfect for summer days. Next time I make it I’ll take a picture! 1 lb petrale sole (or any white fish) 1 cup cornmeal Salt and pepper the fish fillets, dredge … Continue reading

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Savory Granola Bars

I am sick of all the energy-protein-insta-food bars being sweet! Clif Bar used to have a curry-cashew Mojo bar and they stopped making it. I was sad. I decided to try to make something like it myself. Preheat oven to … Continue reading

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Ridge Wine Blog Anniversary Tasting

I was given the opportunity to go to a Pebble Beach Food and Wine event last weekend and while there popped in on the Ridge guys. We chat on twitter sometimes but had never formally met. I met the man … Continue reading

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Pebble Beach Food and Wine – Not a Bad Sunday

You really can’t knock starting a foggy spring Sunday morning with a glass of 2003 Dom Perignon. I don’t typically drink DP, unless it’s given to me. I don’t think it’s bad champagne by any means but it’s not what … Continue reading

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Peanut Sauce Braised Chicken

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a braising kick. Maybe it’s because my Le Creuset French Oven doesn’t fit in my cabinet so it’s always staring at me from the stove top, beckoning to be filled … Continue reading

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Cranberry Bean Soup

I made this soup a couple of month ago for a Soup Night gathering at my house. I had vegetarian friends coming so I simmered veggies in water all morning to make really flavorful stock for the soup. I had … Continue reading

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Dumplings and Buns

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More We were in Bookshop Santa Cruz on Sunday … after coming back downtown to pick up our car we’d left overnight after St. Patrick’s Day celebrations … and I can’t not … Continue reading

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Fishy Fries

I got an email from my fishmonger that they were going to have smelt at the Farmer’s Market. I was bummed, I couldn’t get to the farmer’s market that day. But, luckily, my local grocery fish counter gets fish from … Continue reading

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Manresa – Revisited

If…I mean when…you go to Manresa, because you should, you’ll get two menus. One is a normal menu with dishes listed with ingredients. The other is an alphabetical list of ingredients for the “seasonal and spontaneous” chef’s tasting menu. You … Continue reading

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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

My CSA farm this year is Fogline Farm. We went there last year for an Outstanding in the Field dinner, had the honor of sitting with the farmers at dinner and decided we’d join their CSA next. I’ve been hopping … Continue reading

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Ancho Chile Chicken Soft Tacos

After writing this up, I discovered I already put this recipe up but I’d used fish! Well, I changed it very slightly but I guess that means I really like this one! 4 rehydrated ancho chiles (save the liquid) 1 … Continue reading

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Miso-Glazed Cod with Sushi Rice Arancini and Wilted Arugula

Japan met Italy in my kitchen tonight. I got black cod from my CSS (Community Supported Seafood), my weekly seafood CSA. I was in the mood for something japanese-y. I found this recipe for miso-glazed cod. I used the marinade … Continue reading

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Green Curry Ceviche

When we were at the Cayman Cookout we had a really yummy Green Curry Ceviche made by Laurent Gras. It was light and refreshing, a little spicy, tangy and just perfect. Today I got Ono (aka Wahoo) from my Seafood … Continue reading

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If she weighed the same as a duck… she’s made of wood. And therefore… A witch! My first duck attempt was, well, it was edible. I overcooked it a bit. I tried whole roasted duck. I just went for it. … Continue reading

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