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Roasted Corn with Hazelnut Vinaigrette

There were mountains of white corn at Berkeley Bowl West the other day, so I picked up six ears.  I love that they provide receptacles near the corn for shucking then and there.  This helps me keep my green recycling pail … Continue reading

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Indian-style Sloppy Joes

Here’s an odd recipe I concocted one afternoon when I had ground beef and pork on hand and not a whole lot else.      I thought about sloppy joes.  My Mom, who’s German, would not often make something so “American,” but she … Continue reading

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New Grocery Outlet in Pinole

A Grocery Outlet just opened in Pinole – 1460 Fitzgerald Drive.  I usually go to the one in Berkeley, since it’s only a couple miles from where I live, but I thought I’d check out the Pinole branch to see if … Continue reading

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Make gravlax at home – it’s easy!

Although I enjoy cooking in all its forms, I do have my niche – as all cooks do. What made me love garde manger, which means, loosely, “guard of the pantry,” and involves the cold kitchen, I’ll never really know, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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