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Outstanding in the Garage – Summer Garden Gazpacho

My dad brought me tomatoes. He seriously grows the sweetest tomatoes I have ever had. When summer starts I begin dreaming of the tomatoes and waiting for them to ripen. I remember how sweet they are and then I get … Continue reading

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Outstanding in the Garage – 6 week mark

Making food in the garage actually hasn’t been that difficult. I can’t make anything that has to simmer for a long period of time (I’ll run out of propane) or go into an oven larger than the toaster oven, but … Continue reading

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Further Outstanding in the Garage Adventures

I came home one afternoon to a 15 pound whole salmon in my fridge. It wasn’t entirely a surprise or anything. A friend’s dad is a commercial fisherman and he said he’d get me a fish. I don’t think I … Continue reading

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Outstanding in the Garage – Part Deux

Everyone’s reaction to me telling them I’m remodeling my kitchen is first, “FINALLY!” and second, “Where are you cooking? When we remodeled our kitchen it was a lot of microwaving.” No way! Not for me! Pasta and broccolini boiled on … Continue reading

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Outstanding in the Field – Route 1 Farms

The first event of the year. Route 1 Farm is just a little way up the coast from Santa Cruz. We left our house when it was sunny and hot. We got 3 blocks from our house and it was … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Outstanding in the Field – Pie Ranch

This has been sitting in my drafts since December. *Sigh*. I figured I’d better put this up before the next round of Outstanding the Field tickets go on sale! The previous two OITF dinners were amazing. We went to the … Continue reading

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Cayman Cookout – Day 4 in Grand Cayman

The morning started with sleep! We didn’t have a 10am event, our son didn’t have a 9:30 camp. We got to wake when we woke, slowly get going then walk our son down to the Les Chefs Petits brunch. This … Continue reading

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Cayman Cookout – Day 2 in Grand Cayman

The first real day of the Cookout began at 10am. As Jose Andres put it, “Who puts a cooking class at 10am?! You start a cooking class at 3pm so you have the day sleep and then do your things…then … Continue reading

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Cayman Cookout – Day 1 in Grand Cayman

We arrived a day early and spent my birthday in the amazing waters of Grand Cayman. We snorkled and swam and snorkeled some more. The water is warm and clear and full of some of the cast of Finding Nemo. … Continue reading

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Le Bernardin – New York, NY

To call this a review would be ludicrous. The meal was perfect. I got to meet Eric Ripert. I was a giddy, squealing ’60s Beatles fan girl. You should have seen me! I maintained for my conversation with him but … Continue reading

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White Sea Bass in Ginger-Fennel Broth with Crisps

I picked up my fish from my Seafood CSA (CSS – Community Supported Seafood) yesterday. It’s fun to have no idea what I’m going to cook until after 1:30 when i pick up my fish! Surprise! I came home and … Continue reading

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Soup Night XXXIV

I host a soup night, ideally once a month, but really it happens when we have a free weekend night. I make a huge pot of soup, customized each time for the number of people coming and the allergies/preferences/aversions of … Continue reading

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