warm white bean frisée salad with grilled calamari

May 24, 2010

Delfina is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. I really love other places, like The Slanted Door and Gary Danko, but to me Delfina reigns supreme. They make Italian food with a California influence, or perhaps it’s vice-versa? We’ve been going there for years now to celebrate special occasions. The reason we enjoy Delfina sparingly […]

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fresh asparagus with kalamata olives and Meyer lemon zest

April 8, 2010

Spring is the time to eat fresh asparagus. We’ve been seeing this delicate and often misunderstood vegetable everywhere lately: at the supermarket and specialty food shops, in farmers’ markets and discount grocers; even at Costco. This is one of those foods that children turn their noses up at (at least that’s what I used to […]

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fire roasted asparagus with cilantro, orange and cumin pesto

March 30, 2010

We had this asparagus recipe for the first time a couple of years ago. Prepared by our talented (and recently engaged!) dear friend Kristen, we fell in love with it immediately and have been making it since. Taking advantage of the spring and the start of asparagus season, the time of year when these spears […]

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creamy hummus

March 8, 2010

I can’t believe that we’re coming up on almost a year of weirdcombinations postings, that I love Mediterranean style food and have yet to write about hummus. That’s truly weird! I make hummus all the time including with many variations. Usually I’ll fry the garlic in a bit of olive oil to reduce the heat […]

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spaghetti with fiddlehead ferns

March 3, 2010

I got this recipe from French Women for All Seasons and have only been waiting for fiddleheads to appear in the market to make it. We were in luck last Saturday while revisiting the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market. There was a huge pile of fiddleheads at the charming mushroom shop inside the ferry terminal. I’d […]

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homemade artichoke dip

January 8, 2010

I like artichoke dips but don’t care for the premade kind. To me these always taste off. Perhaps it’s the preservatives used to keep the color? Anyway, I “invented” this recipe by looking at the list of ingredients on the packages of industrial type artichoke dips and improvised. Really this is similar to making American […]

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fresh cranberry quick bread

January 5, 2010

For ages I’ve been relying on a recipe for cranberry quick bread that I got on the back of a bag of fresh cranberries from Ocean Spray about twenty years ago. It calls for a lot of orange juice, which I find too intense. Since I don’t make the bread that often as cranberries are […]

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neighborly lemon bars

December 29, 2009

We’ve a delightful neighbor who lives just next door to us. Though we hardly know A, we often see her walking her beautiful full sized French poodle, Sophie. Occasionally A dog-sits for a tiny Chihuahua. It’s so cute seeing the huge, well behaved fluffy dog with the almost microscopic hyperactive one! At least Sophie is […]

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Napa cabbage tabouli

December 28, 2009

The other week Steven and I went to Japan town to the Sundance Kabuki movie theater to see A Single Man, Tom Ford, the famous clothing designer’s first movie. I heard that he financed the whole project with his own money! That takes balls! We loved it even though it’s really sad. Based upon this […]

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vegan edamame pâté

December 21, 2009

This is a very simple dip you can eat with pita bread, pita chips and crudités, like: raw carrot, celery and jicama sticks, as well as, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli and cauliflower florets or anything else that appeals to you. It’s essentially the same recipe you might use for hummus, but chickpeas get replaced with […]

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