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It’s Crab Season

This is a variation on crab cakes I’ve done in the past. This time I only sauteed up shallots and garlic and threw a little chopped arugula in at the last few seconds. Added salt, pepper and chopped thyme. The … Continue reading

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Cod Cakes – Inspired by Thomas Keller

There is a recipe in The French Laundry Cookbook for “Clam Chowder” which, of course, is nothing like clam chowder because it’s Thomas Keller’s twist on a classic dish. It’s cod cakes with cod and clams. It’s a fantastic dish, … 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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Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

Shred 2 lbs of potatoes, I used the shredder in my food processor, and one sweet onion. I just picked up some walla walla onions that went well. I also used a combination of white, purple and red potatoes to … Continue reading

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Spinach Salad with Lentils and Green Garlic Dressing

This is basically the springtime version of my fall mushroom salad. Subtract chanterelles, add green garlic. Voila! Easy: Spinach…wash it, put it on a plate Lentils…cook them with a clove of garlic and some thyme. Choose your preferred liquid to … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Salad is Just What You Need

I love the CSA season. I can eat ridiculously healthy with very little effort or thought. When all that is in the fridge is vegetables, lunch or a quick snack is so seasonably delicious whether you try or not! The … Continue reading

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Soba in Dashi, Meet Asian Beef Saute

I was torn between two dishes for dinner. I wanted soba noodle soup but I had all these wonderful CSA veggies to use. So I decided to try introducing two recipes to one another. Turns out they should definitely be … Continue reading

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A Strange Turnip Experiment

As my son pointed out, “Sometimes experiments fail.” Well, luckily, I think this one worked! I had quite a few turnips from my CSA. The only way I’ve ever had turnips is roasted in big chunks and I didn’t like … Continue reading

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Asian Beef with Stuff

One night I opened the fridge to find a wilted (but not rotten) 1/2 bunch of cilantro, some ginger and not much else. I had a rib-eye in the freezer. I always have garlic, shallots, onions in the drawer and … Continue reading

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I Don’t French

I don’t cook with an insane amount of cream. I hate cheese. I don’t eat offal. And I wash my mushrooms in WATER…*gasp*! I don’t understand why there is such a problem with mating water with mushrooms. They grow in … Continue reading

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Simple Baked Lemon-Herb Chicken

This recipe (if you can call it that, it’s so simple!) was spawned from having too little time and energy to make anything else one night and ended up being a favorite dish in the end! – 1 chicken, cut … Continue reading

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Chicken Raviolis – Make leftovers not taste like leftovers

Take the leftover chicken meat, I had 2 legs and 1 breast left, and cut it into chunks. Put it in the food processor with some sauteed garlic and shallots, some chopped herbs, salt and pepper. For the amount of … Continue reading

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Artichokes and Pork Chops

I let my 6 year old son pick dinner the other night. He picked steamed artichokes and grilled pork chops. I love that kid. This is the first time I’d cooked artichokes since my interview with Jason Webley, and let … Continue reading

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Grilled Snapper with Quinoa Salad

It has been like summer here in the Bay area this week. Actually more like summer than our cold summer was! Inspired by the sun, I thought I’d grill. This was easy and turned out to be great! First I … Continue reading

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