Monthly Archives: May 2010

On being green

I sometimes have to take good-natured ribbing from friends back home in NY about the culture in California, the SF Bay Area, and Berkeley and environs – in that order. The stereotype of the “California yahoo” seems to increase in magnitude with … Continue reading

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Savory Oatmeal for Dinner!

When I first came out with my savory oatmeal recipes, friends thought I was crazy.  Yeah – crazy like a fox. The only reason people look at you like you have 35 heads when you serve oatmeal with ham and cheese is because … Continue reading

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Warm Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

I love a warm salad during summer.  It can sit out on the counter while your meat or tofu grills and be the better for it. I make these salads a little luxurious, too, by breaking out my pricey specialty oils, like … Continue reading

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Library Book Sales for Cookbooks!

When Friends of the Albany Library holds used book sales, I’m there with my bags, egg sandwich and coffee in the parking lot in my car at the Albany Community Center (1249 Marin Avenue) 30 minutes before the doors open on the first … Continue reading

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Fried Sweet Plantains

I reviewed Yardie Jerk in Oakland for GraceAnn Walden’s Yummy Report recently, which has me on a fried sweet plantain kick. Sweet, soft and sticky fried sweet plantains taste almost like a dessert, and go very well with spicy grilled chicken or fish.  … Continue reading

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Greek-style Chicken Halves

Since we’re heading into grilling season big-time, I thought I’d share one of my go-to recipes for moist, golden, flavorful chicken.  The original recipe came from a friend who is of Greek extraction and whom I knew during my many … Continue reading

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Spanish-style Brown Rice and Chard

I’ve been on a mission to get more brown rice into my family.  I try to hide it behind great flavor and color.  It’s not that they don’t like the texture, but Americans are so used to white rice that … Continue reading

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Stuffed Savory ‘shrooms

The way I figure it, stuffed mushrooms need a MacGuffin.  If you remember your Hitchcock, a MacGuffin is a device in a fictional work that drives the plot and hooks viewers. Without a distinctive element, a stuffed ‘shroom is just so … Continue reading

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Simple Guacamole with Scallions & Tequila

Hass avocados were on sale at Raley’s this week – 5 for $5.  There’s no way I was not going to make guacamole of some kind. I often make a version I serve as a side dish at BBQs that … Continue reading

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