Purslane SaladPurslane Salad
September 8, 2014

This is about the simplest way I can imagine eating purslane: sprinkle with olive oil, squeeze a slice of lemon on top, add salt and pepper, toss and serve.

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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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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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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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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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Soba with Kale, Cabbage and Sesame Salad
July 3, 2014

This is my family's new favorite noodle recipe, from Vegetable Literacy. It is supposed to be made with kale, but tonight I only had a few leaves of usable kale, a handful of beet greens and a small cabbage. So I washed all the leaves, greens and half of the cabbage, rolled them up, sliced them thin, crumpled them up with salt and oil like the recipe says and proceeded with dinner.

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Padrecito
july 1, 2014

Padrecito has some of the best salsas in town. Tonight for dinner I shared a bowl of tomato soup that was smooth and spicy, yet still retained the goodness of summer tomatoes that comes across in a more textured soup. The arctic char tacos are reliably delicious here, and the crispy chicken tacos are tasty bites of summertime, a California-ized version of the taco salad of yesteryear.

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First of the Season Potatoes with Herbs
june 29, 2014

Steamed young potatoes simply dressed with butter, tarragon, parsley and salt are really delicious. This is the way to prepare them when they are fresh dug out of dark, damp spring earth and still retain the dewiness of youth that later, larger potatoes lose as they age.

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