Beef Cheek TacosBeef Cheek Tacos
August 26, 2014

Roy Choi's memoir L.A. Son, the story of how he came to create the world's most popular taco truck, is a crazy fun ride of a read. In it he describes cabeza (aka beef cheek) tacos  as "some of the best things this planet has to offer as food." So of course I had to try them.

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Rico's Tacos
march 18, 2014

Another one from The Commonsense Kitchen, p 327. How can anyone resist a meal with a name as fun to say as "Rico's Tacos?" It rhymes. And rings of a party with warm sea air  where fairy lights hover over tables lit by flickering colored votives. The 1970's version of these candles, that I remember from my toddler-hood on the island paradise of Aruba. 

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march 17, 2014

Yes, of course, from this book. It is where 75% of my spring dinners come from. And it's green, perfect for the holiday! In my kitchen the color is more of a pleasant chartreuse than comes across here on the web. 

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Grilled Steak, Potato Salad & Dressed Lettuce
march 16, 2014

Funny that almost exactly a year ago I was using this same cookbook. The Commonsense Kitchen must have some sort of connection to the Spring for me. Yesterday the weather was a beautiful mid-70s and sunny. This morning started out foggy, cleared to an even better day, but now at 4pm the fog has come back and I'm left contemplating grilling steak out in the cold.

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Flatiron Steak, Risotto, Spinach & Beets
march 14, 2014

There is a frozen  flatiorn steak in my freezer. Bruce Aidell's The Complete Meat Cookbook explains that a flatiron steak, aka blade steak, is a top blade chuck steak, and can be quite tender. Fine, that's all good and well. But what should I do with it? 

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A Chance of Meatballs
october 9, 2013

A few years ago we received this cookbook for a gift and my kids and I have loved it ever since. This was the birthday present we gave to all our friends that year. On p. 20, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is named after one of my (and my kids') all time favorite books. This is a nice recipe for a simple, family made dinner.

 

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs
august 23, 2013

This is a family favorite that we haven't eaten in a while. I have found, however, that it really does require sautéed greens on the side. So, when for the first time in about ten years our produce box didn't contain any, I actually bought some kale from the grocery store. Not something I usually do.

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Crockpot Roast over Polenta
august 18, 2013

Luckily my husband manned the stove while I headed out for Sunday morning book club to discuss Michael Pollan's Cooked. His chapter on braising, and our special guest Samin Nosrat, had me all in a tizzy about slow cooking dinner.

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Roast Beast - august 25, 2011

Well, here it is again, nearly the end of Summer. Our vacations are over, the kids are back in school, I'm expecting the fog to lift any day now, and, as usual, my tomato plants have died. This time I blame it on not hiring an expensive service to water them while out of town: relying on my babysitter for one week and my husband for the next was, clearly, not the right decision. But Summer here extends through late October and really doesn't arrive until sometime in September anyway, so I've started fresh with two new seedlings. I'll let you know how that goes.

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More Pasta and Veg - may 3, 2010

We had a busy weekend, as usual, with one of the highlights being Urban Sprouts' Greens, Eggs & Jam brunch on Saturday. My husband, kids and I rode our bikes along Golden Gate Park's panhandle bike path over to Ida B. Wells High School in the Western Addition for the party. The greens and eggs were fabulous - lots of yummy food from NOPA, Radio Africa & Kitchen and Contigo Restaurants, and the bluegrass band was fun. My daughter was stumped when asked to identify their instruments - "a violin and three guitars" she told me. But it was actually a fiddle, mandolin, banjo and one guitar.

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