Category Archives: seasonal menu

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

Posted in celebrity, decadence, eric ripert, flavor, food, Le Bernardin, photos, seasonal menu, table dance | Leave a comment

Hardcore Thanksgiving 2011

The rains came early this year. We were having porcini in October and early November. We knew we wouldn’t be finding pounds when we showed up to our regular spots on Thanksgiving. And we were right. We found three, sad, … Continue reading

Posted in chanterelles, dinner, hardcore, mushrooms, porcinis, seasonal menu, self pleasuring, thanksgiving | Leave a comment

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

Posted in ahi, amuse bouche, chocolate, decadence, dinner, eric ripert, food, Le Bernardin, Michelin star, photos, restaurant, restaurants, review, Salmon, seasonal menu, table dance, tasting menu, wine | 1 Comment

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

Posted in dinner, food, organic, pasta, restaurant, restaurants, review, San Francisco, seasonal menu, table dance | Leave a comment

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

Posted in amateur, dinner, flavor, food, organic, pesto, photos, potato, recipe, recipes, santa cruz, seasonal menu, zucchini | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in dinner, farmers market, flavor, food, fruit, gardening, organic, photos, santa cruz, seasonal menu, spinach, squid, table dance, tasting menu | Leave a comment

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

Posted in dinner, flavor, restaurant, restaurants, review, seasonal menu, table dance, tasting menu | Leave a comment

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

Posted in chicken, dinner, farmers market, food, gardening, organic, potato, santa cruz, seasonal menu, table dance, tasting menu | Leave a comment

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

Posted in amateur, bacon, dinner, food, lentils, recipe, recipes, seasonal menu, self pleasuring, sides and sauces, spinach | Leave a comment

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

Posted in ahi, amateur, apples, butternut squash, desserts, dinner, food, leeks, mushrooms, photos, proscuitto, recipe, seasonal menu, self pleasuring, sides and sauces, tuna tartare | 3 Comments

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

Posted in avocado, bacon, beef, dinner, restaurant, restaurants, review, seasonal menu, table dance, tasting menu, tomatoes | 1 Comment

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

Posted in beef, celebrities, celebrity, cowboy junkies, restaurant, review, seasonal menu, table dance | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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:

Posted in food, seasonal menu | Leave a comment

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

Posted in amateur, dinner, food, gazpacho, recipe, recipes, seafood, seasonal menu, self pleasuring, soup | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in dinner, food, lentils, recipe, recipes, seasonal menu, self pleasuring, soup | Leave a comment