Roast Chicken with CouscousRoast Chicken with Vinaigrette & Couscous
january 19, 2015

Marcus Samuelsson says the herbs in this meal remind him of working in Switzerland, which is a beautiful image. My version of this meal reminds me of California, because it's not very often that I find as many locally produced items in one big bowl as in this one.

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Twice Fried Chicken

Twice Fried Chicken with Rainbow Slaw
january 11, 2015

We broke out the deep fryer for this one, a yet unused Mother's Day present from 2014. For many years I've both longed for and feared a deep fryer of my own. But we seem to have adequately tempered temptation by following the advice of a friend: we only fry outside and store it out of sight in the garage.

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Orange-Curry Beef Stir FryOrange-Curry Beef Stir Fry
january 9, 2015

This dish puts an Indian spin on orange-beef, which I would usually consider Chinese. But adding Madras curry powder makes it something altogether different, a one-dish meal with the homey warmth of curry and a sour-sweet kick.

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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 mercury in tuna and thermometers, which is really exciting to me, as his mother. But more importantly, I know he and his sister will always eat this toxic fish.

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Chiles Rellenos, Mexican Green Rice, Yellow Indian Woman BeansLazy Chiles Rellenos
october 2, 2014

This is my favorite recent trifecta (or triple win): Mexican Green Rice, Lazy Chiles Rellenos, Yellow Indian Woman beans. I only wish my kids loved it as much as I do. They routinely ask for the beans by name and always manage to choke down a bite each of the rice and rellenos, so I'll call it good. 

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Southern Style Black-Eyed PeasSouthern Style Black-Eyed Peas
september 15, 2014

We make these semi-spicy peas to serve alongside collard greens every New Year's Day. Today I made them because collards came in last week's CSA box, not to celebrate the new year. 

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Braised CollardsBraised Collards
september 15, 2014

We have made this recipe every New Year's Day for at least a decade, along with every other day that we happen to have collard greens. Like when they come in the CSA box, as they did last week.

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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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Poached Halibut with Fennel & Lemon Balm

Poached Halibut with Lemon Balm
august 1, 2014

I wasn't quite sure what to do with the lemon balm in our CSA box, but combining Lorraine's suggestion from the Eatwell Farm newsletter with a favorite recipe from Canal House Cooking did the trick.

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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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