Hummus and PitaYotam Ottolenghi's Hummus and Pita
february 14, 2015

Ottolenghi's restaurants are, as far as I can tell, all in London and all wildly popular. The recipes in this cookbook are from those restaurants. Ottolenghi bases his cooking on vegetables, pulses and grains from his native Israel. Luckily for me, that includes lots of whole grains, healthy proteins and vegetables that we get in our CSA box.

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Crusty Brown Rice with GreensMolly Watson's Crusty Brown Rice with Greens
february 12, 2015

The photos are beautiful and the concept is great, but so far I'm striking out with this cookbook. First the cruncny farro, now a dinner that elicits "Ew! Crusty? Brown? I won't eat it!"  To top it all off, I singed the crust.

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20150212-CreamyButternutSoupPollan Family's Butternut Squash Soup
february 12, 2015

Spicy Sweet Potato is our usual favorite orange soup, but this one is good, too. More gingery than spicy, but I have to say that sweet potatoes and butternut squash taste pretty similar when cooked in chicken broth with onion.

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Pasta with Meatballs and Farmer' CheesePasta with Lisa Leake's Meatballs
february 11, 2015

We love meatballs at my house and these are good! More carrots than usual, but that doesn't seem to be a problem. I served them with Nigel's Naked Sauce from Eatwell Farm and our son Gus' Farmstead Cheese, which he made at Louella Hill's Cheesemaking for Kids Class.

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Morning CitrusCitrus Segments and Juice
february 9, 2015

One of my kids will always eat her oranges, while the other waffles between sometimes and maybe. But if I cut off the peel, pith and membrane that holds all the good parts together, he eats them up. This is one of my favorite ways to get us all some vitamin C and fiber in the mornings. Thank you Marcus Samuelsson, for teaching me the easy way to cut citrus fruit into segments!

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Braised Chicken with Farro, Kale and Winter SquashMolly Watson's Braised Chicken with Farro, Kale and Winter Squash
february 9, 2015

This is just what I've been looking for, a one-pot, whole grain wonder that uses up the produce from our CSA! There is only one problem: I don't have the right pot. But then what could be better than an excuse to buy new kitchenware? For the time being I made it in the closest thing I have to a 12" cast iron skillet.

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Pizza with Ham and SpinachLouella Hill's Pizza
february 8, 2015

My husband likes to make pizza, so today he made two with the cheese our son brought home from his class this afternoon. Both were delicious!

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Louella Hill Stretching MozzerellaLouella Hill's Mozzarella, Sour Cream & Farmers' Cheese
february 8, 2015

Today my son went to the San Francisco Milk Maid's Cheesemaking for Kids class at 18 Reasons. He is seven. Although he wasn't a particularly adventurous taster of unfamiliar cheeses, he learned about the cheesemaking process and came home with three types of cheese he'd made himself!

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Macaroni CasseroleLisa Leake's Macaroni Casserole
february 5, 2015

Walks like a duck, talks like a duck. I'm going to call this macaroni and cheese and add it to my quest for the perfect recipe. This one calls for 1 cup of "add-ins", like  frozen peas or chopped steamed broccoli. Knowing my kids' abhorrence for the peas I add to chicken pot pie, I asked for their input. Surprisingly, my vegetable-averse son asked for steamed cabbage. 

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Alfredo with ShrimpLisa Leake's Alfredo with Shrimp
february 4, 2015

Shrimp cook fast. Shrimp are high in protein. Shrimp taste good. I usually only need two good reasons to do something, so that's enough for me! This recipe has the added bonus of using spinach, which is a frequent part of our weekly CSA box. And it makes whole wheat pasta tolerable. That's five reasons to make it for dinner. Five!

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Teriyaki Flank Steak SaladLisa Leake's Teriyaki Flank Steak Salad
february 3, 2015

I neglected to mention this yesterday, but after dropping last night's Teriyaki Salmon on the grill I re-used its marinade for tonight's flank steak. I just can't let a half cup of soy sauce go to waste. Even my son took note of its long pouring time during preparation.

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20150202-PlantSeedsWinter Wrap-Up
february 2, 2015

It's that time again, January is over and winter is is wrapping up. Outside in my garden exciting things are happening. All of a sudden last year's baby lemons are turning yellow, ripening into 2015's crop. At the same time, next year's fruit is setting: the flowers fall off and leave behind tiny, green swellings which are the beginnings of next winter's lemons.

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