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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vegetarian sweet bell pepper pinto bean soup

July 14, 2010

I made this soup after accidentally over cooking my beans in the pressure cooker. Those things are fast! I only let it whistle for fifteen minutes but that was too long. By the time that I opened it, the beans had become a little too soft for rice and beans, my original plan. Next time, […]

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spaghetti with tomato, chipotle in adobo, mushroom sauce

April 23, 2010

I’ve always struggled with chipotle in adobo simply because even if you use a tiny can, there are far more peppers than can easily fit in a single recipe. Since we don’t really think about it much, in the past, the remaining peppers have gone to waste. But that’s not a green practice, and we’re […]

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pressure steamed yellow beet salad

April 21, 2010

Let me start today by thanking both my sisters, Ana and Tinha, for these two wonderful pressure cookers, in different sizes, that they got for us as gifts when we were in Brazil in January. They work perfectly! And they’re a lot easier to operate than our last one. Thus far, I’ve used them to […]

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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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fresh baby artichokes for dinner

June 21, 2009

I love Mediterranean style cooking. The food is always fresh, never too heavy in sauces, you can taste each individual item, it’s almost always lean…hummm. Among the vegetables used in Mediterranean cuisine, the artichoke is one of my favorite. They are beautiful plants. I’ve seen them planted as decorations in gardens here in California. The […]

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linguine with uncooked fresh heirloom tomato sauce

June 13, 2009

I adore heirloom tomatoes. These were a discovery upon our arrival in California. In Queens we only had Roma or New Jersey beefsteak tomatoes. These two can be quite delicious but they are nothing in comparison to the wonders among heirloom varieties. There are dozens of kinds produced in California. We’ve a close friend, Whit, […]

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pickled serrano and jalapeño peppers

June 8, 2009

The week-end before the annual Paso Robles wine festival, I went shopping in the Mission District of San Francisco for stuff for the week. We always go to these hole-in-the-wall markets that have a lot of stuff for Mexican cooking. I ended up bringing home a whole bunch of fresh serrano and jalapeño peppers. Really […]

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a Roman holiday: tomato pasta my way

May 2, 2009

I simply adore Italy: the people, the food and wine, the long and glorious history and culture, the art. It blows my mind. I hope to live there for a while some day. I love cooking Italian food too. It’s often fairly straightforward. The cuisine tends to stick to the basics; emphasizing the ingredients instead […]

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