Herbed Barley SaladHerbed Barley Salad
november 15, 2015

Barley, like most food, tastes good with salt. Parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, some pepper and a little bit of onion make it even better. Grain based dishes like this are generally considered salads, but I like to think of them more as healthy starch options when composing meals.

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Back Pocket Pasta with Pork and MizunaBack Pocket Pasta with Pork & Mizuna
november 8, 2015

Jenny Rosenstrach's Back Pocket Pasta recipe is a great way to get dinner on the table really quickly without prepping ahead. I added ground pork for protein and mizuna from this week's CSA box, instead of tossing a salad. It's not the most generous serving of vegetables, but then that isn't the point. 

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20150621-SaladDan Jurafsky's Medieval Salad
june 21, 2015

This salad comes from the days of castles and knights in shining armor - the fourteenth century, or 1390 to be exact. It is surprisingly modern and you can find something similar on the menu of many San Francisco restaurants right now: the ingredients are fresh, simply prepared and able to speak for themselves through a light dressing.

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Sunset Magazine October 2013

Mushroom Lasagna
october 13, 2013

Actually called Mushroom and Fresh Herb Lasagna, this recipe appears on p. 81 of this October's issue of Sunset Magazine. We never get mushrooms in our CSA box, so it is a real treat for me to buy some and make this!

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Love Your Mother: Lamb, Carrots and Fava Salad - may 11, 2011

This year I made my desires for Mother's Day known well in advance: no gifts, just a day at home in the garden and a big dinner, cooked as a family.  It was delicious, and I got gifts anyway - three of Andy Goldsworthy's books, much loved by my kids after we watched his Rivers and Tides together a week or two back.

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20110426-SalmonCakesSalmon Cakes
april 26, 2011

I've struggled with pan frying patties for a long time now. They never turn out right. Sometimes they stick, sometimes they fall apart, sometimes they burn to a crisp. So I asked my husband for advice, knowing that he has a tendency to remember everything he reads and that he had a copy of Russ Parson's How to Read a French Fry back when it first came out, in 2001. 

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Giant Strawberry Pocky - august 7, 2010

This was one I just could not pass up today,  backpedaling halfway down the block after the "Giant" part of the Pocky package I'd seen in a window of Sakura made it into the active regions of my brain. Larger than normal food strikes me as an unusually American passion, I can't imagine people in Japan would want to trade their delicate packs of Pocky for one of these huge curling iron sized items. But who knows, maybe its the next big thing.
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Wheat Berry and Lentil Salad - june 24, 2010

My sister, who has for years been living off things like Doritos and Frito-Lay Bean Dip, recently joined a CSA in her town of Tucson, Arizona. She and my Mother share the subscription, and so far have been happily consuming most everything that comes their way, or so they tell me. Until my sister phoned one morning last week, not sure what to do with the bag of wheat berries she'd ended up with.

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