Thai Tuna SaladYam Tuna
October 6, 2014

My kids love tuna salad. My son makes me explain, over and over again, why he cannot eat it every day. He recently realized the connection between tuna and thermometers, which is really exciting. But more importantly, I know he and his sister will always eat it.

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Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Herbs & Hot OilRigatoni with Tomatoes, Herbs & Hot Oil
September 18, 2014

Yes! More end of summer tomatoes for dinner! This is my favorite time of year. Tomatoes, basil, melons, peppers! All the produce I need to pretend I live in Italy. 

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Spaghetti with Cherry TomatoesSpaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes
September 13, 2014

Another quick and easy pasta dish for late summer, or any other time you can find good cherry tomatoes (which is most of the time). These little sweeties do better in colder weather, so not only will they grow in my foggy garden, but just about anywhere else that isn't below freezing, too.

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Spaghetti with Raw Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with Raw Tomato Sauce
September 3, 2014

This is a favorite recipe that both my kids love, which is highly unusual. Most of the time one loves it and the other hates it. But in this case, they both ask for "that pasta with grated sauce" whenever we have tomatoes on the kitchen counter.

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Summer FruitSummer Fruit
August 22, 2014

Summer in San Francisco doesn't come until very late August, at the earliest, when we're guaranteed to have the best fruit on earth filling our kitchen. And from now through the end of October it will be warm. Hot, even, if we get lucky.

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Watermelon SaladWatermelon Salad
August 7, 2014

I love The Forest Feast because it unabashedly combines ingredients that are in season together, whether or not they are accepted pairings of good taste. This one, an excellent example of unexpected flavors, is my favorite salad in the book, so far. Watermelon, mint, basil, mozzarella and nuts. So delicious. Who knew?

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Nectarine & Tomato Salad

Nectarine & Tomato Salad
August 1, 2014

Yes, I know. Tomatoes with stone fruit? No way! That's what I thought, too. But this salad is unexpectedly delicious and celebrates the best of summer's most glorious flavors.

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Pasta, Peas, Potatoes & Pesto
may 12, 2014 (click here for just the recipe)

We've had some rainbow striped bowtie pasta hanging around the house for a while now and this recipe from Eatwell Farm was the perfect way to use it. Pasta, potatoes and pesto are already favorites of my children, so as expected, they ate this dinner up. The pesto recipe is different than what I'm used to: rougher textured but just right in this case. 

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Pesto Pasta
january 22, 2014

I went out, the kids ate pesto pasta

 

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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