Category Archives: Techniques

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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Roasted Peppers for Summer!

Hurray for June!  It’s now bell pepper season in Cali, and I can turn out roasted peppers to my heart’s content! Roasted peppers are delicious and cut a lovely appearance.  If you stick to a recipe that’s basic, leftovers are versatile.  There … Continue reading

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Creamy butternut squash soup

When I was at Costco last week I noticed that they were hawking bags of cubed butternut squash ready to cook.  At $5.49 for 2.5 pounds, and my shortage of time this week, it was serendipity defined.  I decided to make a … Continue reading

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R.I.P., sourdough starter

I forgot to mention that my sourdough starter died.  Sourdough starter is a good thing to have on hand if you like to make homemade breads.  My starter was cultivated using only wild yeast, meaning I did not add any … Continue reading

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Pink aspics

I busted out two pink aspics today.  I’ve been hooked on aspics for some time now.  I’ve always loved them and, since I collect cookbooks, I come across lots of them in books from the 1930s through the 1960s – … Continue reading

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Thai Black Sticky Rice Pudding

Last night I made some Thai black sticky rice pudding.  One of my fellow interns at the SF Chronicle was testing a recipe for this on a day I wasn’t scheduled to be in, and I’ve been thinking about it … Continue reading

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