Liza Shaw's Beans & GreensLiza Shaw's Beans & Greens
april 13, 2015

Back in 2013, Liza Shaw joined me at Food Lit to discuss Charlotte Druckman's Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen. Since then Liza has taken on more heat by opening Merigan Sub Shop and was recently featured in the Chronicle's food section. My family loves beans and greens are often in our CSA box, so I had to try her recipe.

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Beet Latkes, Simple Sole and AsparagusEducation Outside's Beet Latkes
march 24, 2015

This recipe is quick and easy, and it got both of my children eating beets. Last week my daughter came home raving about the delicious beet latkes her garden class made in school that day, so I had to try them at home. She was right, they are very good. Thanks to @EducationOutside for helping my kids learn to love real, healthy food!

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SoHa Chicken Jollof RiceMarcus Samuelsson's SoHa Chicken Jollof Rice
march 21, 2015

This is a Senegalese dish that Marcus Samuelson likes to get in South Harlem. I was pretty excited to find a one pot meal recipe that calls for cabbage, and to see peanuts referred to as ground-nuts, since I've long wondered what ground-nut oil is. It often shows up in British cookbooks.

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march 21, 2015

My daughter's latest pick from this cookbook, which I recommend she pull out whenever I hear, "there's nothing good to eat here!" I'm more than happy to let her and her brother fill up all that emptiness with something homemade.

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Minestrone with Arugula PestoSteve Sando's Minestrone with Arugula Pesto
march 19, 2015

We all love pesto at my house, though it is usually made with basil and pinenuts. This one is made with arugula and parsley instead. Both have parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and salt. I used the blender tonight, instead of the food processor, and I think the latter is better: the blender makes it too smooth.

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Palm HousePalm House
march 18, 2015

The cocktails and wine are very good here. So is the jerk chicken with black-eyed peas and collard greens. Palm House is a nice place to sit in the sun, for an early evening drink or dinner.

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Shredded Turkey Chili (with chicken)Marcus Samuelsson's Shredded Turkey Chili
march 17, 2015

Most of Marcus Samuelson's recipes are not particularly fast and easy, but this one is! I made it with leftover chicken from a day or two ago and beans cooked in the crockpot yesterday.

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Pan Fried Sole with Chimichurri SaucePollan Family's Panfried Halibut with Chimichurri Sauce
march 16, 2015

My grocery store didn't have any halibut, but it did have sole. It also didn't have any Wondra flour, so I used all purpose. Both substitutions worked out fine: this sauce is delicious, my entire family loved their fish!

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Greens In Yogurt with Toasted QuinoaMolly Watson's Greens in Yogurt with Cumin & Toasted Quinoa
march 16, 2015

This is a recipe I've been trying to make for a while, but it is just more effort than I usually put in. Last night I swore at the cookbook and threw it on the floor after realizing too late that the quinoa had to be cooked in advance. But now that I've made it, I have to say: this stuff is crazy delicious and worth all the work.

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TerzoTerzo
march 11, 2015

Terzo smells faintly of woodsmoke, with a stylish yet comfy vibe. Dare I say, it reminds me a bit of Manka's Inverness Lodge? My favorite destination restaurant from the past. Also like Manka's, the menu here changes daily and uses lots of local ingredients in season, like Monterey Bay calamari, brussels sprouts, beets and asparagus.

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Grilled Swordfish with Root Vegetable Fries and French Lentil SaladGrilled Swordfish
march 10, 2015

Swordfish has been one of my daughter's favorite foods for as long as I can remember. When I first fed it to her I didn't realize that swordfish isn't on the green list for fish: primarily because they are large, top of the food chain predators.

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French Lentil SaladPollan Family's French Lentil Salad
march 10, 2015

This dish is an example of good, honest food. It's a simple preparation that highlights the ingredients' flavors. The earthiness of the lentils goes well with carrots and onions, and a little bit of spice kicks it up a notch. 

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