20150706-GreenTomSaladEatwell Farm's Green Tomato Salad
july 6, 2015

This salad is really delicious even though it has the strangest combinations of ingredients I've ever seen. Green tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, parsley and basil dressed in vinaigrette are the perfect thing for a hot summer's day.

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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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Minestrone with Arugula PestoSteve Sando's Minestrone with Arugula Pesto
march 19, 2015

We all love pesto at my house, though it is usually made with basil and pinenuts. This one is made with arugula and parsley instead. Both have parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and salt. I used the blender tonight, instead of the food processor, and I think the latter is better: the blender makes it too smooth.

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Pan Fried Sole with Chimichurri SaucePollan Family's Panfried Halibut with Chimichurri Sauce
march 16, 2015

My grocery store didn't have any halibut, but it did have sole. It also didn't have any Wondra flour, so I used all purpose. Both substitutions worked out fine: this sauce is delicious, my entire family loved their fish!

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French Lentil SaladPollan Family's French Lentil Salad
march 10, 2015

This dish is an example of good, honest food. It's a simple preparation that highlights the ingredients' flavors. The earthiness of the lentils goes well with carrots and onions, and a little bit of spice kicks it up a notch. 

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Jason's Birthday DinnerDeborah Madison's Celery Root Chowder
february 23, 2015

Deborah Madison's Celery Root Chowder is a favorite of ours, I make it every winter when celery roots are in our CSA box. This time I served it with some fresh bread from the bakery, soft ripened cheese, and pâté, for my husband's birthday. Pâté is one of his favorite things that we almost never eat. We also almost never have Manhattans with dinner. 

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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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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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Helga Jönsson's Roast ChickenHelga Jönsson's Roast Chicken
january 25, 2015

I love a roasted  chicken. My entire family will eat it without complaint, there are always leftovers and a crockpot of stock can be made from the bones. Lately I've been investigating how other people roast their chicken, and in this case Marcus Samuelson's adaptation of his Grandmother's traditional recipe was the perfect thing, to celebrate my own children's Grandmother.

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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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Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Herbs & Hot OilRigatoni with Tomatoes, Herbs & Hot Oil
september 18, 2014

Yes! More end of summer tomatoes for dinner! This is my favorite time of year. Tomatoes, basil, melons, peppers! All the produce I need to pretend I live in Italy. 

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Egg Salad with Tarragon, Parsley & Chives
june 1, 2014

Egg salad is kid stuff. To me it has always been part of sweaty picnics, messy faces and squashed sandwiches at the bottom of my locker. But this one rises above, especially when served open-faced on toast. Tarragon and parsley give it a grown up flavor that can take the heat. For easy-peel eggs: add them to already boiling water, simmer 11 minutes, then cool in ice water for 30.

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