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Gres des Vosges at my Costco

You normally don’t find 125 gram packages of any food item at Costco.  Well, maybe caviar. I was very happy to come across this wonderful little fern frond-topped cheese — essentially a pasteurized milk version of Alsatian Munster — at the Richmond (CA) branch. The … Continue reading

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Little Crab Casseroles

Here’s an easy recipe for decadent little creamy crab casseroles I developed based on a couple 1950’s dip recipes.  They work very well if you are having people over and want to serve a comforting, hot appetizer. Do me a favor, though:  buy … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Costco

5 December 2010 Costco Wholesale Corporation Attn:  Customer Service P. O. Box 34331 Seattle, WA 98124 Re: Lack of Acme Fish Corporation’s smoked whitefish products at your Richmond, California, store Dear Costco: It’s me, your biggest fan. I’m wondering why you, once … Continue reading

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Old Old Bay

I knew I needed to replace my Old Bay Seasoning, but I had no idea how old my existing box was! We all recall certain things from our childhood kitchens that were like fixtures – always there in the same form.  … Continue reading

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Vik’s Chaat Corner and Market in Berkeley

My husband, Steve, took a day off work recently, so we made an afternoon trip to Vik’s Chaat Corner in Berkeley.  I’ve written about this place in the past, but not since they moved to their new, deluxe accommodations further down … Continue reading

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Northern German Herring Salad

My Mom just came back from a long trip to Germany, where she’s from, and has been raving about one of her favorite dishes:  herring salad. I miss herring salad.  To make it properly in the US borders on impossible, … 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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OysterFest 2010 at Waterbar in San Francisco

My friend, GraceAnn Walden, asked if I wanted to join her at OysterFest 2010 this past weekend, an annual event held at Waterbar in San Francisco.  She was to serve as a celebrity judge for various competitions at this “celebration … Continue reading

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Your Basic Fried Oyster Po’boy with Slaw

I admit to craving oysters every now and then.  I would have been happy in turn-of-the-century New York City, I think, where oysters were plentiful and every dive sold oyster stew.    I often see an oyster po’boy—or poor boy, if … 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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