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Stephen's Summer Spaghetti
september 8, 2013

From the original Canal House Cooking, this is a summer classic: tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan, pasta. I can't wait!

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Tomato Sandwiches
september 4, 2013

An old favorite of mine, there is nothing better than a toasted summer tomato, cheese and mayo sandwich! From our Eatwell Farm CSA Newsletter, I'll post a link to the recipe when I find it, in case you need some inspiration. This is another dinner my kids most likely won't want to eat, so I'll mix up some tuna salad for them and serve that, too.

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Crockpot Roast over Polenta
august 18, 2013

Luckily my husband manned the stove while I headed out for Sunday morning book club to discuss Michael Pollan's Cooked. His chapter on braising, and our special guest Samin Nosrat, had me all in a tizzy about slow cooking dinner.

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august 3, 2013

Another easy summer recipe from last year's special issue of Gourmet magazine. This one really is quick, as long as you have a half hour for the sauce to simmer. I'll serve it with a Cesar salad on the side.

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july 3, 2013

I am really lucky, because both my kids love to eat dal. As tiny toddlers they could never get enough rice and chickpea soup at dinnertime. Now that he is in Kindergarten, my son and I share a weekly buffet lunch at the restaurant next d0or to his speech therapist's office. He loves to serve himself out of the buffet, I love to order dal from the kitchen. 

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Zucchini! - august 30, 2012

Late this summer, my family and I pitched a tent at Eatwell Farm, which is where most of the produce we eat is grown. Farmer Nigel Walker and his partner, Lorraine, had graciously invited us and other CSA members out to the farm for an event called "Do Nothing Weekend". We spent our days swimming in the pond, canoeing on the pond, drinking lots of house-made soda, counting feral cats and generally lounging around.

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Pizza Pizza! - september 24, 2011

Summer has finally arrived in San Francisco, it's been in the high seventies for the past four days. If we're exceptionally lucky, this heat wave will continue through the weekend. If that's also the case in your town, then I have got the dinner for you!

 

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Roast Beast - august 25, 2011

Well, here it is again, nearly the end of Summer. Our vacations are over, the kids are back in school, I'm expecting the fog to lift any day now, and, as usual, my tomato plants have died. This time I blame it on not hiring an expensive service to water them while out of town: relying on my babysitter for one week and my husband for the next was, clearly, not the right decision. But Summer here extends through late October and really doesn't arrive until sometime in September anyway, so I've started fresh with two new seedlings. I'll let you know how that goes.

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Ratatouille Wins One for Zucchinni, or Maybe Cucumber - september 10, 2010

As I've mentioned before, I don't love eggplant. But this is their season, so mixed with some good tomatoes, peppers, an onion and whatever zucchini you have cluttering up your counter (or fridge or garden), they're really not so bad. Especially when served over saffron rice. With lots of butter and salt. The rice is my favorite part of this dinner. 

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Quick Eggplant Chicken Curry and How to Cut an Onion - august 19, 2010

We came home late from school, again today. I started Sesame Street at 5:00, hoping to have dinner on the table by 6:00 and finished by 6:15, which seems easy enough, since the kids either gobble it down or don't eat at all. Today's scheduled recipe was eggplant curry, using leftover chicken from tuesday's paella. But, I hadn't salted the eggplant beforehand, and now twenty minutes of letting salty eggplant sit and drain into the sink seems like an awful waste of time.

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