Phat Thai

Phat Thai
September 29, 2014

This is basically pad thai, but it is much more delicious than any version of that sticky, stinky, gooey dish served in American restaurants. Can you tell I don't like that one but love this one we made at home? There is no comparison.

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Asian Chicken SaladAsian Chicken Salad
September 10, 2014

Fast, delicious, healthy! My new favorite salad that uses up leftover chicken and cabbage, two things that tend to languish in our fridge. I ate this for two lunches and one dinner (just me, the kids had something else) while doing the 2014 Hunger Challenge, but I'll eat it any day!

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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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Fain-HomesickChicken Fajitas
may 25, 2014

I've used Lisa Fain's Homesick Texan recipe for steak fajitas, so thought I'd try the one she has for chicken in preparation for our Memorial Day camping trip. It's great that she disapproves of the idea of chicken fajitas, in part because the name doesn't make sense (kind of like fava hummus) and also because boneless, skinless chicken breast dries out easily and lacks flavor: I agree. 

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Pasta with Roasted Vegetables
september 24, 2013

This is another use for the vegetables I roasted earlier this week, using Tamar Adler's method. On Friday, I loaded the oven with a tray of eggplant and peppers, a tray of acorn squash, a glass baking dish of cherry tomatoes and another glass dish of zucchini. Most of it turned out pretty well.

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Roasted Vegetables
september 16, 2013

The really special part of this is the yogurt sauce recipe that came in last week's newsletter. I tried out Tamar Adler's instructions for roasting vegetables on cherry tomatoes, zucchini, turnips, eggplant and peppers last friday. They were pretty delicious just on their own or mixed into bulgar, but now we'll have them with sauce! 

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Buy the bookCorn and Poblano Pudding
september 14, 2013

We have more poblano peppers from the CSA box! And I suspect corn season is in full swing right now. On p.369 of 1997's The All New All Purpose Joy of Cooking. 

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Paella with Shrimp and Sausage
august 29, 2013

"Too much sausage!" you say? Perhaps. Two days in a row is a bit indulgent. But it is really a pretty small portion. I keep shrimp in the freezer and dry chorizo in the fridge, so that I can make paella whenever red peppers arrive in the produce box. This also makes good use of crock-pot stock made from last week's chicken.

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CobbSaladDip

Super Bowl Cobb Salad Dip - february 3, 2013

Yes, the Super Bowl is today and our home team is playing!  So of course we have to bring something to the party. This one is really quick, really unhealthy and really delicious. Best of all, the recipe is short enough to fit into a tweet, which I received from @CHOW last week.

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ChoppedSalad
Mark Bittman's Chopped Salad - january 16, 2011

Last year I received Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything for my birthday, from a dear friend. It is a big and impressive book and because of its heft and lack of fancy photographs, I lumped it into the same go-to-first category that Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking and Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone occupy at my house.

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