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 tuna and thermometers, which is really exciting. But more importantly, I know he and his sister will always eat it.

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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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Spaghetti with Cherry TomatoesSpaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes
September 13, 2014

Another quick and easy pasta dish for late summer, or any other time you can find good cherry tomatoes (which is most of the time). These little sweeties do better in colder weather, so not only will they grow in my foggy garden, but just about anywhere else that isn't below freezing, too.

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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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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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Tortilla Soup
May 4, 2014

Yes, again. Tortilla soup for dinner. From yesterday's leftovers. What a great camping trip! 

 

 

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Tortilla Soup
May 3, 2014

It seems like a million years ago that I made this for a different camping trip, way back in 2010. That dinner went so well that I'm doing it again, for my daughter's 3rd grade camp out potluck, four years later. Basically the same procedure this time, but with canned tomatoes instead of fresh. This summer's delicious locally grown ones haven't hit the markets yet.

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A Chance of Meatballs
october 9, 2013

A few years ago we received this cookbook for a gift and my kids and I have loved it ever since. This was the birthday present we gave to all our friends that year. On p. 20, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is named after one of my (and my kids') all time favorite books. This is a nice recipe for a simple, family made dinner.

 

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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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