Recipes

Parsing parsnips

January 6, 2011
Parsing parsnips

  Back in the BC era (before children) Mr. Vinecdote and I used to enjoy scouting out locations for cheap eats, especially in Oakland’s Chinatown, and one of our best finds was fried parsnip cake at a place called Happy Noodle. (And if I might digress for a moment, how fun are those Chinatown business...
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Totally tofu

January 5, 2011
Totally tofu

    If there’s one thing I enjoy it’s watching other people work _ doesn’t matter whether they’re fixing lunch or fixing a pothole. So you can imagine how much I enjoyed a recent visit to the Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, a state-of-the-art tofu facility tucked away in what was once a candy...
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Cupboard Love

January 4, 2011
Cupboard Love

  Did 2010 make you feel like curling up with a plate of something warm and soft? You weren’t alone. Allrecipes.com just released its top recipes for last year and the list includes  such comfort food staples as brownies, twice-baked potatoes and pulled pork. According to Allrecipes, the list was compiled by analyzing data...
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Crab gets cracking

November 17, 2010
Crab gets cracking

Get out your bibs and your tiny little hammers; Dungeness crab season is under way off the California coast. This is one time of the year when I fully embrace the locavore movement _ love those fresh, meaty little red monsters. Plain, with butter, popped into a traditional cioppino, all good dishes. I have made...
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Pretty Pumpkin

November 9, 2010
Pretty Pumpkin

Look what my friend E. made for dinner the other night. It really seems too pretty to eat, doesn’t it? They did, though. This a great dish for fall and is based on a recipe from Dorie Greenspan, author of the fabulous new cookbook, “Around My French Table.” It’s one of those recipes you can play...
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Super Salsa

September 6, 2010
Super Salsa

    Coming up on the end of summer here in Berkeley and, if the last three months are any indication, that should mean a day that starts out with clammy, gray fog and moves on to thin sunshine undercut with a chilly breeze. But not to worry. When Nature won’t cooperate, you can always bring...
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Rosemary roasted potatoes

May 17, 2010
Rosemary roasted potatoes

  Sometimes I feel like my backyard wants me to be a much better cook than I am. The orange and lemon trees have been whispering “marmalade,” to me reproachfully for weeks now. And yesterday the rosemary bush got so insistent that I was forced to abandon plans to warm up a pizza for...
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Cooking outside the box

April 28, 2010
noodles

    There’s been a lot of chatter lately about avoiding processed food. The issue is time, how much of it we have and how we want to spend it. Some cooking-from-scratch proponents argue that if we’ve got time to watch “Dancing with the Stars,” we’ve got time to stick a chicken in the oven....
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When life gives you lemons … make lemon meringue pie

April 14, 2010
When life gives you lemons … make lemon meringue pie

When life gives you lemon trees you’re pretty much obligated to make lemon meringue pie. It’s like a sacred citrus trust. First, of course, you have to care for, prune and harvest the trees. Which is reason No. 415 why Farmville.com is better than real life. On my virtual farm, I point and click...
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Meatless Mondays

April 12, 2010
Meatless Mondays

In World War I (and again in World War II)  Americans were urged to practice Meatless Mondays to save food “for the Army and our Allies.”  These days, the concept’s being resurrected, although the idea this time around is to save ourselves from obesity and the planet from assorted environmental impacts. The official campaign...
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