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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.

 

Pasta with Roasted VegetablesPasta with Roasted Vegetables
september 24, 2013

This is another dinner made with 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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september 17, 2013

Tamar Adler's book has gotten me excited to roast my vegetables all on one day, make a pot of beans and reheat the two for the rest of the week. But I know there will be more tomatoes coming in the produce box and we have to eat those first. She does have instructions for oven roasting  tomatoes, but this soup, Ribolita, sounds better. 

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Vegetables RoastingBulgar with 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 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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Stephen's Summer SpaghettiStephen's Summer Spaghetti
september 13, 2013

Summer is in its final days and there are still some tomatoes and basil coming in our CSA boxes. This means we'll be able to celebrate the end of the season, even though the tomatoes in my garden are long gone and the basil plants still look like seedlings. Perhaps this summer was too dry and too cold, as it is every year in this part of the world, for such warm weather bounty.

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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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Buy the bookRigatoni with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta
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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Buy the bookIndian Greens, Dal and Rice
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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Taverna SquashTaverna Squash
august 30, 2012

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

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20110924-pizzaGrilled Pizza
september 24, 2011

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

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