Yearly Archives: 2011

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Walnut Creek

Prime beef is about the only thing that’ll get me on a freeway, over a bridge or through a tunnel — even as a passenger. So, it was with alternating visions of rare ribeye and my lifeless body being pried off … Continue reading

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Silicone and Garlic: Just Say No

Don’t let this happen to you. I made garlic confit and used some of my silicone bakeware to freeze it. Bad idea. It all smells like garlic, and my only option is to hang it out in the elements for … Continue reading

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New Costco Product: Hot Smoked Norwegian Salmon

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I wanted to quickly give you the skinny on a new product I’ve seen at the Richmond (CA) Costco my last few visits. This is a chunk of hot smoked, oak roasted … Continue reading

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TEPCO as Dishware Obsession

Interested in old pots and pans and dishes?  I too.  Don’t start with me about “I” and “me.”  “I” is correct here because it’s the implied subject in an elliptical construction, though I agree it sounds unnatural and pretentious.  Me too.  (It … Continue reading

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Happy Easter 2011!

Although my Mom pulled herself together to produce a respectable plate of Easter eggs this morning, we’ll be having our roast duck dinner next week. Let me explain. About three weeks ago my son, Matthew, came down with a cold. … Continue reading

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Jazzed-up Matzo Brei for Breakfast

Matzo brei with turkey ham and aged cheddar At this point in time I’m starting to ponder the half-case of Passover matzos I’ll have hanging around after next week. We’ll have had a sea of smoked whitefish salad on them … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Costco II

26 March 2011 Costco Wholesale Corporation Attn:  Customer Service P. O. Box 34331 Seattle, WA 98124 Re: My letter of 5 December 2010 concerning a lack of Acme Fish Corporation’s smoked whitefish products at your Richmond, California, store Dear Costco: It’s me … Continue reading

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Merritt Restaurant & Bakery in Oakland—not so good at first try

A little over a week ago Matthew, my son, Paul, my friend, and I went to Merritt Restaurant & Bakery in Oakland.  I’d always wanted to go there, but I don’t like to drive, and driving anywhere near Lake Merritt … Continue reading

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Cafe Leila in Berkeley

Alex in the morning?  Yes, Please!  So proclaimed my Mother the other day when I took her out for ‘fast at one of my favorite places:  Cafe Leila (1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley).  This is a funky, loft-type, industrial space (’twas … Continue reading

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Easy Chocolate-covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

I always make chocolate-covered strawberries for my family on Valentine’s Day.  My husband loves them, and they make my son feel better if he’s between girlfriends. You can temper chocolate the traditional way, AKA the long way, but try the method … Continue reading

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