Monthly Archives: April 2010

Thai salty limeade

A couple of years ago a friend came back from Thailand with an easy recipe for a cold lime drink that’s a little salty.  She said it was a popular drink there, given the extreme heat.  I’m grilling some chicken … Continue reading

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The wonders of duck fat

Being of German extraction, I think you should always have a bag of potatoes in the house.  Whatever else you may or may not have on hand, with potatoes and oil you can make a meal:  roast potatoes. If you have eggs, you can … Continue reading

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Lime gelatin with Fleur de Sel

A bumper crop of limes in my backyard when winter came to an end had me thinking of ways to employ them. I do quite a bit of Thai and Vietnamese cooking, so having limes handy makes sense.  There’s one dwarf … Continue reading

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Korean rice cakes

When I visit that Mecca for Asian groceries that is 99 Ranch Market (3288 Pierce Street, Richmond), I usually run into interesting products I haven’t worked with before.  Often the item is something I’ve seen on a plate in a restaurant or read about … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2010

Earth Day is a big deal in the SF Bay Area, but I’ll leave the public displays and überpreaching to others who get into those kinds of things. I do my part by being frugal.  I’m not making any particular effort, it’s … Continue reading

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Costco in Richmond has whole smoked whitefish again

Yes, you heard that right – these bad boys are back. I was experiencing agita because I had not seen any whole smoked whitefish at Costco for about 6 weeks.  I mean, they did not have them at Passover.  Why get … Continue reading

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Easter eggs now all gone

I ate the last Easter egg in the house yesterday. My Mom always colors a batch, purchasing a PAAS egg color kit and rejecting my large Ateco set of gel food coloring, and we eat them for breakfast on Easter morning and then over … Continue reading

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Red Hawk cheese

Not too long ago I parted company with $17 at Berkeley Bowl West for a 10-inch round of Cowgirl Creamery’s funky, pinkish Red Hawk.  I buy this every once in awhile because it’s not only pricey, but incredibly rich.  It’s a … Continue reading

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Thai steak salad

I had a large piece of leftover tri-tip (end of the bottom sirloin) on my hands the other day and wanted to use it as-is, since it was nice and rare.  One of the best ways to use leftover steak … Continue reading

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Bo Kho – Vietnamese beef stew

One of my favorite Vietnamese dishes is thit bo kho, or beef stew.  You often see it on menus as ‘beef stew noodle soup,’ and it comes in a big bowl with rice or egg noodles.  In Southern Vietnam it’s … Continue reading

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