Category Archives: flavor

Vietnamese Hand Rolls

A couple of weeks ago I was going through my freezer inventory (I finally wrote up a list and keep a clipboard on the chest freezer!) and picked out a whole rockfish to thaw. I pulled out my neighbor, Andrea … Continue reading

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Assembly – Santa Cruz

1108 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 824-6100 assembleforfood.com As soon as it was announced that Assembly was taking reservations, I consulted our calendar and booked. I figured on a Wednesday night, it would be a nice break from … Continue reading

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Pacific’s Edge – Carmel, CA – 2014

120 Highlands Dr Carmel, CA 93923 (831) 622-5445 pacificsedge.com We got a cheap-cheap weekend deal at the Highlands Inn in Carmel and couldn’t pass up staying again. It’s such a beautiful property on my favorite stretch of coastline in the … Continue reading

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Town of Dumpling – Belmont, CA

There are huge chunks of the Bay Area that are completely unfamiliar to me. If I haven’t worked in the area, chances are I don’t know it. Case in point: Belmont. It is one hour from my house and I … Continue reading

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Braised Short Ribs

This is less of a recipe than a link to another recipe. I got short ribs from my monthly box of awesome from El Salchichero. It was really only enough for two and that worked out since hubby was away … Continue reading

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Tuna Two Ways and Lamb Just the One

I woke up Saturday morning knowing I was making dinner for 10 people that night and not knowing what the menu was going to be. It was another gathering of our 1999 crew. I needed to pick up a my … Continue reading

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Won Ton Soup

Do you ever have one of those meals that you start because those are the ingredients you have in the fridge but end up with something you want to make again and again? This was one of those nights. I … Continue reading

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Cayman Cookout 2014 – Part 1

This year’s weather has not been cooperative. It’s been rainy, or windy, or rainy and windy. There have been some hours of sun here and there. The one saving grace is that it’s not too hot! The trip to Stingray … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1999

In 1999 we lived in an amazing 1890s Victorian on the West Side of Santa Cruz. It was 3 stories, full of histories, a ghost and lots of good food. It is where FoodPorn.com was born. We lived with another … Continue reading

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Baby It’s Cold Outside – My Interview with Olga Nunes

Three years ago, I was going to San Francisco to see Jason Webley perform. Olga Nunes was going too. A perfect opportunity to interview her! It was rainy and cold. A pretty big storm was coming through. We met at … Continue reading

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Abbot’s Cellar – San Francisco

Abbot’s Cellar 742 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 We had tickets to see Zoe Keating at The Chapel on Valencia on Saturday night. I love Zoe. She’s not only an amazing cellist, she’s a beautiful person. Someday, when our … Continue reading

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Soup Night XLI

It’s fall! It’s butternut squash season! I’ve put the makeshift recipe on the site in the past. It is so easy and so good and so easy to scale up to 20 people! I also had just gotten 20 pounds … Continue reading

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Vietnamazeballs – aka Vietnamese Meatballs

I got ground pork from my CSA. They have amazing pork. Fatty and delicious. I didn’t want italian food which is what I usually put the pork in so I started searching around Epicurious for ideas. I found Pork and … 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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