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poblano and red bell peppers stuffed with saffron rice

February 3, 2011

I was desperate to create something lively and flavorful for dinner the other night without a huge amount of prep or excessive amounts of grocery shopping. Inexplicably, our fridge was filled with beautiful poblano and red bell peppers, so I thought, “Why not stuff these?” Visually, stuffed peppers are always a delight. Don’t you agree? […]

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New York style pizza with basil cilantro pesto, goat cheese, Kalamata olives and fresh arugula

August 26, 2010

I made this pizza for company last week. I guess I was thinking about it after reading Heavenly’s post about Lombardi’s Pizza in New York. Ah, New York! Callie and Ellie were visiting from Virginia. Ellie is a real fan of Italian food. On that particular day, we were taking a break from sightseeing and […]

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pickled artichokes

July 19, 2010

I got a couple of gi-normous globe artichokes at our local Trader Joe’s last week. They were so beautiful and fresh, shipped directly from the cold misty weather of Castroville south of Monterrey Bay in Central California. Not too bad for our carbon footprint, I think… Because we went out for dinner several nights that […]

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homemade New York style pizza two ways

July 16, 2010

New York style pizza is hard to find here in San Francisco. There is a place on 18th and Castro that I think makes something similar to what you get at those hole-in- the- wall pizza places in NYC. Sometimes when we go shopping in the Castro area I try going with an empty stomach […]

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zucchini and yellow squash stuffed with fresh fava beans

June 7, 2010

We had a bunch of fresh summer squash and fava pods sitting in the fridge the other day. The fava had been there for a while. You know how labor intensive preparing some veggies can be. Think for instance of artichokes. Fava is equally time-intensive though you’re less likely than with artichokes to poke or […]

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Mediterranean lemon tofu with artichokes, olives and herbs

June 3, 2010

I never know what to do with the extra firm high-protein tofu. It feels like a rubber brick and doesn’t really taste that much better either. We had two blocks of the stuff sitting around for a while and I wanted to make something before they reached their expiration dates. I used to make something […]

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grilled vegetable tapenade

March 23, 2010

Did you know that the word tapenade comes from tapéno, which in Provençal means capers? Tapenade is normally made mostly of black olives and lesser amounts of capers, anchovies, olive oil and spices. It’s strange that this amazing paste derives its name from capers, whereas the major ingredient is actually olives. I love anything made […]

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wide rice noodles with Birjandi cucumber and pistachio sauce

March 19, 2010

The more that I delve into Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, the more that I become fascinated. I’ve been focusing on some of the rice and grain dishes over the past few weeks, like Susa Polow with lentils, currants and dates; Fertile Crescent bulgar and mung bean pilaf; and Georgian pilaf with tart cherries. […]

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aubergines en pistouille, froides

August 17, 2009

I did not know what court bouillon was till we had our Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking inspired dinner party last week. The glamorous party was followed by a viewing of the new movie, Julie & Julia, at our local movieplex. What a terrific evening! Though the movie segment almost was a […]

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penne with Hangar 1 vodka sauce

August 7, 2009

Jasmine’s gone back to school lately. Good for her but too bad for the weirdcombos world as all of this added homework gives her less time for blogging! Just because she’s busy doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have time for a good time with food and drink. Prof. T’s away on business in Japan this […]

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