Simple Tomato SauceSimple Tomato Sauce
october 9, 2014

Tuesday morning we had a counter top full of tomatoes, so I hustled during breakfast and dinner to make the least complicated sauce I could find: olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, salt. Plus some oregano since it was right there sitting on the counter.

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Chez Panisse Pasta, Pizza & Calzone

Spring Pasta with Red Onions & Leeks 
may 8, 2014

Handpicked from Omnivore Books by my husband, I received this book for my forty-first birthday. It is a 1984 first edition, published long before I had heard of Chez Panisse or ever eaten there. On the back cover are the usual sort of "praise for" quotes, one from M.F.K. Fisher and one from Richard Olney. Both writers now long dead, it gives me a thrill to own something that I know they read.

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Arugula SaladGarden Arugula Salad
july 2, 2013

This July, as usual, we finished eating 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, which is essentially a miniature greenhouse. 

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