Category Archives: seasonal menu

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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Greens – San Francisco

Greens Fort Mason, Building A San Francisco, CA 94123 415-771-6222 A friend and I were meeting up to see Tim Minchin at the Palace of Fine Arts…Brilliant show by the way. We needed food first so she got us into … 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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Outstanding in the Field – Everett Family Farm

I thought the last dinner was good. This one was better. Not that there was anything missing from the first one, I just felt that this one stepped it up. We went with 4 friends and they hired a driver … Continue reading

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Charlie Trotter’s – Chicago

Charlie Trotter’s 816 West Armitage Chicago, Illinois 60614 773 248-6228 You had me at the bread. Lost me for a bit with the chicken foot but got me right back with the morels. That’s the meal in twitter format, now … Continue reading

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Outstanding in the Field – Fogline Farm

I was very excited for my first Outstanding in the Field dinner. I tried to get tickets last year and it sold out too quickly, I missed out. This year I booked 3 events to make up for it! I … 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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No Reason, Just a Fantastic Meal…with salt

Some friends came over for dinner last night and I decided I would go all out and make a multi-course extravaganza. We’ve been touting the excellence of Mark Bitterman’s new book, Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral, … Continue reading

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JoLe – Calistoga, CA

JoLe 1457 Lincoln Avenue Calistoga, CA 94515 707-942-5938 We used to go to Calistoga just about every year. We’d go in February, off-season, rainy, cheaper, but just as tasty and relaxing. Since our son was born six years ago, we’ve … Continue reading

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Bouchon – Yountville, CA

Bouchon 6534 Washington Street Yountville, California 94599 707-944-8037 The Cowboy Junkies had a scheduled tour date on Friday night in Napa. We’re too far from there for it to be a day trip but I decided to use this show … Continue reading

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Tastes of Summer

Oh, summer. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: #1 Tomatoes #2 Peaches #3 Nectarines #4 Pluots … I could go on but a picture is worth a thousand words:

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Cucumber Gazpacho and Grilled Lingcod with Eggplant-Walnut Puree

4 medium cucumbers (mine were actually pickling cukes) 2 small zucchini 2 cloves garlic 3T lemon juice A small handful of basil 5-6 mint leaves salt and pepper Put all that in a blender or food processor and zap it … Continue reading

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Lentil and Summer Vegetable Soup

I didn’t get a picture of this soup. I was so hungry I forgot! 1/2 a yellow onion, chopped 2 oz diced pancetta 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced Add to pot and saute in olive oil until beginning to … Continue reading

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Before and After – Potato Leek Soup

Before: 2 leeks, chopped 2 green garlics, white and pale green parts, chopped 3 small carrots, diced Saute all that in some butter until everything is soft. Add 1 cup white wine and cook most of it off. 4 medium … Continue reading

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Trying to Get Through CSA Boxes

Here’s what I picked up from my CSA this week. Apples Arugula Asian stir-fry mix Broccolini Chard Cilantro Young fava bean pods Green garlic Baby red Russian kale Leeks Red leaf lettuce Mizuna Strawberries I have some catching up to … Continue reading

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