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30 December, 2015

New Year’s Day Black Eyed Pea Soup

New Year’s Day Black Eyed Pea Soup
Posted in : Black Eyed Peas, Cooking, New Year's Day food, Recipes, Uncategorized on by : Brooke
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  2 bay leaves 1 ham bone 1 pound cubed cooked smoked ham 1 onion, diced 2-3 celery stalks, diced 1/2 each of green, red, and yellow bell peppers – diced 1 pound dried black eyed peas water Place ham bone and bay leaves in 6-8 quart stockpot. Add water, leaving an inch or two
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14 April, 2015

Tales of Strawberry Season: Now & Then

Tales of Strawberry Season: Now & Then
Posted in : Food Adventures, Uncategorized on by : Brooke
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After a long winter of preparing recipes centering around California’s wintery greens and juicy citrus, this time of year is one of my favorites – that moment when I spy the season’s first strawberries. The Upper Haight Farmers’ Market starts tomorrow. Based on the ripeness of the local berries in a local grocer on our
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26 August, 2014

Satisfying Shopping: From breakfast & coffee to lunch with a view

Satisfying Shopping: From breakfast & coffee to lunch with a view
Posted in : Food Adventures on by : Brooke
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I love shopping for food I can prepare myself at home and most often, I do. What makes shopping even more exciting is to occasionally combine eating great food and sipping great drinks while obtaining the food I need for the week’s meals. It’s just one of the incentives that shopping at independent establishments has
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20 August, 2014

Chimichurri and “California Steak”

Chimichurri and “California Steak”
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    The first time I made Chimichurri, a gracious and admired friend of ours left our home asking me how to recreate the sauce I had served over dinner, complimenting its flavor and comparing it to others he had tasted. I had been inspired to make it by a large quantity of flat-leaf parsley
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20 August, 2014

Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta

Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta
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This twist on a summertime favorite, notably gluten-free, was a hit with my eggplant-loving friend last week. I have to be honest, eggplant is not my first choice; however, I did find the fruit to be quite enjoyable this way. At the farmers market and in preparation, I painfully discovered that if their stems are
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17 August, 2014

Grilled Peaches & Pork Chops

Grilled Peaches & Pork Chops
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  I love fresh peaches and summertime. I was a “snowbird” as a child and my family would often stop at a roadside stand in The Peach State on our annual migration from Florida to our summer home in Michigan. It was not until settling in California that I would decide to expand my affinity for eating a juicy ripe peach
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12 August, 2014

Heirloom Tomatoes: A saucy story

Heirloom Tomatoes: A saucy story
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Bolognese Sauce yellow onion, 1 medium diced red bell pepper, 1/2 diced garlic, 3 cloves minced heirloom tomatoes: 8-10 large cored, peeled, and diced basil, 15 leaves torn oregano, about 1/8 c. dried or 2 tbs. fresh olive oil, about 1/8 c. balsamic vinegar, drizzle salt 1/4# cooked ground pork 1/4# cooked ground beef Heat
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10 August, 2014

Anise Hyssop: A farm to table adventure

Anise Hyssop: A farm to table adventure
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cooking, Food Adventures, Recipes on by : Brooke
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Turkey, Tomato, & Anise Sandwich 1/2# roast turkey, thinly sliced 2 mini baguettes, warmed 1/8 c. shredded parmesan cheese 2-3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced baby lettuce leaves, assorted the leaves from 1 stem of anise hyssop (about 1/8 cup chopped) olive oil salt, to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the tomatoes with chopped anise hyssop
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