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Affogato: Quick, wonderful dessert

My son’s friend, Ed, introduced him to affogato a few years ago, and I’m glad. Affogato means “drowned” in Italian, and involves pouring a shot of hot espresso over a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream, and is quite … Continue reading

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Leftovers: Roast ‘taters with Cheese & Short Rib Gravy

Anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows I’m big into leftovers. If I make something or go out to eat I don’t care what’s left, how much or how little, I put it in a container and eat … Continue reading

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Quick Pickles

I’m sharing this simple little tip for making quick pickles because it’s been as hot as hell here in the Bay Area the last few days and I’m resorting to cool foods to help out. This always happens.  Much of … Continue reading

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Abstract 4th of July Glazed 7up Cake

My mother is going to see family in New York City and Germany this summer.  She’ll be gone for two months and is leaving on Tuesday, so I made a couple of special things as a sort of a bon voyage … Continue reading

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Coffee Can Spice Potpourri

I put it off as long as I possibly could, but today I bit the bullet and cleaned out my spice cabinet.  The only other job I hate more is updating the earthquake kit – which no one else in … 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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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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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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Earth Day 2010

Earth Day is a big deal in the SF Bay Area, but I’ll leave the public displays and überpreaching to others who get into those kinds of things. I do my part by being frugal.  I’m not making any particular effort, it’s … Continue reading

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