Yearly Archives: 2009

Warm potato salad

Here’s a recipe courtesy of Chef Erwin Pirolt, one of my cooking school instructors.  This is a close second to German potato salad, but has no bacon.  It has great flavor and I make it all the time, so trust … Continue reading

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Zucchini bread

I wanted to be sure to post my zucchini bread recipe during the holidays – so here it is.  This was given to me when I was a teen by Martha Yanavitch, a close friend and neighbor from my Stevensville, … Continue reading

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Savory oatmeal

This may not be the most attractive dish to photograph, but it’s tasty. While I love hot breakfast cereals, I am not always fond of having them sweet, so I came up with this savory version a few years ago … Continue reading

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Easy green bean salad

When you want to serve a large family or don’t mind leftovers, this is what you want.  Easy and tastes good.  If you get all postal with me about the canned beans, feel free to use fresh – I won’t … Continue reading

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Whole Acme smoked whitefish at Costco for the holiday

Just a quick note about my having seen and purchased whole smoked whitefish at the Richmond, California, Costco the other day.  My guess is that they are carrying this for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.   Recall that this Costco carried Acme … Continue reading

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The escargot are out playing in the yard

It’s drizzling in the Bay Area as I write this – which is news in and of itself given the time of year – and the snails are out in full force. I think they’re cute, so I don’t eat them, but … Continue reading

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San Pablo Lytton casino grub

My Mother-in-law, Elaine, is here visiting from Delray Beach, Florida, which means a trip to Reno – and any other casinos that are handy – with my mother, Renate, Sr.  They came back with a story the other day about … Continue reading

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Why you need a hand blender

  Word up:  part with the $20 it will take to get a hand blender, aka immersion blender, into the house.  There are things I can do easily with this guy that make it one of the most-used kitchen gadgets I own.  … Continue reading

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Tonina’s pignoli cookies

If I were being walked to my execution tomorrow morning and had to choose one type of cookie to eat tonight, it would be Italian pignoli (pine nut).  Soft in the middle and chewy outside with the strong flavor of almond paste that … Continue reading

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Albany Bowl’s restaurant

I admit it:  I love to bowl.  I hold the key to locker #1 at Albany Bowl (540 San Pablo Avenue), the bowling alley in Albany, California, a city with only about 17,000 people but boasting both a pool and a … Continue reading

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