Pearled Barley with Butternut, Pomegranate and Pistachios

Butternut and Barley - january 25, 2014

This seems like a salad, but is it? I'm not really sure. It acts like more of a starchy side, with vegetables and fruit. Either way, it has been a hit at potlucks this winter and helped use up the butternut squash that have been cluttering up my kitchen counter since last September.

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Fall - september 25, 2013

Summer is over.

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Stephen's Summer Spaghetti

Stephen's Summer Spaghetti - september 13, 2013

Summer is in its final days and there are still some tomatoes and basil coming in our CSA boxes. This means we'll be able to celebrate the end of the season, even though the tomatoes in my garden are long gone and the basil plants still look like seedlings. Perhaps this summer was too dry and too cold, as it is every year in this part of the world, for such warm weather bounty.

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Zucchini Soup - August 21, 2013

This is a very easy and delicious way to eat up all those mid to late summer squashes that just keep coming from the garden, whether it is your own, a neighbor's, your CSA or even the grocery store. All you really need is an onion, some squash and a little crème fraiche or sour cream to dollop on top. You can use whatever type of broth you happen to have on hand - chicken stock, vegetable stock or just plain water with salt. At my house I serve it with really good sourdough bread from the local bakery and our favorite cheese, Cowgirl Creamery's Mt Tam. That seems to keep everyone happy at the dinner table.

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Garden Arugula Salad - july 2, 2013

This July, as usual, we finished up the arugula growing in our garden. It is always gone by mid-summer. Arugula is a remarkably easy crop to grow - as long as it doesn't get too hot or too dry. I try to start it at the beginning of each new year, out in the garden under a cold frame. A cold frame is like a miniature greenhouse and is great for starting plants early, when the weather is still too cold for seeds to sprout on their own. 

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Raspberry Thief - june 1, 2013

This is the time of year when days are long and warm here. The kids stay out after school and we cook and eat late, using any excuse to soak up the light that comes through our west facing windows onto the deck and into the kitchen, until the sun finally sets long after bedtime.

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Fava Hummus - may 10, 2013

I am certain that the super-powered seeds Jack (of the beanstalk)’s mother threw out her kitchen window were favas. While some might question the wisdom of trading an entire cow (even if she is old, like me) for a handful of beans, there is real truth to this tale beyond the giants, gold, magic hens and beanstalks of unusual size: legumes can be a delicious source of protein and some varieties are really easy to grow, in the right location.

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Pulled Pork Biscuits - april 23, 2013

Our street had a block party this weekend and the pulled pork biscuits I brought, from Hollis Wilder's new book, Savory Bites: Meals You Can Make in Your Cupcake Pan, were a big hit - they disappeared in about five minutes.

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Chicken Soup - april 19 2013

Did you read the New York Times piece on the science of junk food from a few weeks back? I did, and it left me feeling outraged and insulted. While I’ve know for years that processed foods taste different than homemade foods, often aren’t as healthy and require resource intensive packaging, I’d never fully realized just how much effort goes in to manipulating me and my family into buying these things. And the worst part? It is all done under the guise of helping out with our busy lives and giving us better food options, when the real reason is none other than to increase the profits of businesses.

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Radish, Romaine and Chipotle Avocado Dressing - march 15, 2013

This is another tweeted recipe from my buddies @CHOW. I made this for lunch, with Eatwell Farm's radishes, romaine, parsley and chickpeas, but it could be for dinner, maybe with black beans instead. Not only is it easy and tasty, but extra nice for people like me who don't particularly enjoy following directions, because it comes in 140 characters or less.

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