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Around the World on a Sunday Afternoon

Well, maybe we didn’t really go around the world but our afternoon snack was from Italy, our dinner was from Vietnam. I went to my local market for a days overdue grocery shop. They had a locally grown melon that … Continue reading

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Manresa – Take 3

This was our third dinner at Manresa. Our first time in the summer. Oddly the other two times we went both fell in April, not sure why. This was the best meal of the three. I don’t know if it … Continue reading

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Summer Simplicity

The flavors of summer make dinner so simple. I wanted to make the yummy crispy rice again but didn’t want asian flavors so I just started gathering things from my CSA, the farmer’s market and the pantry. I assembled lettuce, … Continue reading

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White Seabass in Ginger Broth with Crispy Rice

This is one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever made and it’s going to be really hard to replicate! Well, the fish and the rice I can easily do again but the only way to do the broth is … Continue reading

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A Week of Backwoods Gourmet

Every year we disappear into the woods for a week at my dad’s cabin. Every year the food gets better. We step it up a bit each trip. There are the standard meals and ingredients: steak, chicken, corn, potatoes (my … Continue reading

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Grilled Coppa, Hummus and Broccoli Rabe Pesto Sandwich

Yes, you read correctly…Who puts that in a sandwich?! I went to Epicurious to look for some fancy sandwich ideas. I found a couple of interesting ideas. One was Pressed Coppa Sandwiches with Broccoli Rabe Pesto. Obviously, that’s the one … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Summer

My CSA boxed has been transforming slowly from hearty greens and lettuces to, well, still hearty greens and lettuces but also strawberries and summer squashes. I don’t dislike zucchini but it’s not something I rush out to buy. I had … Continue reading

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Chinese Cabbage Salad and Honey-Soy Chicken

My son said, “I don’t like cabbage.” I said, “It’s not cabbage, it’s slaw.” I like traditional cole slaw but can only eat so much of it. I don’t like cooked cabbage. I’ve been getting cabbage from my CSA so … Continue reading

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Outstanding in the Field – Secret Sea Cove

This is my favorite OITF location. You can’t beat the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and the sandstone cliffs forming the cove. The wind is a bit much but, being from the area, I knew and came prepared. Those who … Continue reading

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My Cure for Depression

My husband was away for a week on business. This happens regularly, it’s not unusual. My son and I have crazy busy schedules…well, he does…and the week flies by. One thing that is really different though is I cook less … Continue reading

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Celebrity Chefs Right Here – Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and David Kinch

You know how I feel about Eric Ripert. He’s probably mentioned more on this site than any other chef. He and Anthony Bourdain came to San Jose on their Good vs. Evil tour and of course I had to go. … Continue reading

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Incanto – San Francisco, CA

We had a full weekend of food, wine and no kid. He went skiing with a friend in Tahoe for the weekend. I don’t think there was a time, aside from when I first woke up, that I wasn’t full … Continue reading

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Central Kitchen – San Francisco, CA

Many moons ago I won a fundraising auction for a table for four at the as-yet-unopened Central Kitchen. We could be one of the first to dine there. I was very excited. I informed our friends of the wonderful news … Continue reading

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Pork Ribs

My husband isn’t a fan of chewing meat off a bone. He was out of town so I thought I’d try out making ribs. I’d never made them before since I too wasn’t a fan of gnawing on bones, but … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #6: Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl

I thought this recipe from Cooking.com’s newsletter looked tasty, kid-friendly and easy. Well, this was a miss. The broth had too much sugar in it. I made the rookie mistake of not tasting the broth before cooking the chicken in … Continue reading

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