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Balsamic zucchini “chips” with garlic and almonds

The zucchini harvest has begun! I’m not yet regretting the 5 plants I popped in the ground planning for a summer of squash blossom quesadillas and my dream of edible flower pizza, but the season is young. No doubt in a couple of months I’ll find a monstrous zucchini or two hidden under the scarlet runner beans as in years past and have to do something drastic again. But in the meantime I was excitedRead the Rest »

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Verve Coffee Roasters is Just the Best

I’ve long thought that there was very little scientific and technological progress in the Middle Ages because – seeing as water quality was dicey at best – people sat around drinking beer and hard cider all day. Nothing like a steady diet of strong mead to fuel superstition and conflict, right? It’s not by chance the Age of Enlightenment coincided with the mainstream availability of coffee. An entire continent shook off a centuries-long muddled hazeRead the Rest »

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The Amazing Texas-Toast-Bacon-and-Egg-Sandwich

Kid Two still loves Texas toast but along the way has acquired a taste for paninis with egg and baby greens with a bit of cheese. It was only a matter of time before he decided to try and combine the buttery crunchiness of Texas toast with savory eggy-ness of his panini. Like all good things, it’s a bit of work, but totally worth it. You have to start by making Texas toast. When that’sRead the Rest »

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One pot meal: chicken-garlic-rice

I stumbled across this recipe somewhere online last year and bookmarked it; I liked the one-pot family meal aspect as well as the variation on 40 clove chicken. It’s just a fryer and rice cooked together slowly in a pot – I’ll let you click here for the recipe for Happy Chicken with Loads of Cloves (Roast Chicken and Garlic) courtesy The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight. The chicken was incredible moist, asRead the Rest »

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Watermelon salad for a summer BBQ

We are not a particularly Handy Family, so I was surprised when LL suggested we spend Memorial Day weekend sanding and revarnishing the kitchen cabinets. They definitely needed to be slathered with love after all these years of heavy use (18 years, really, since we built the kitchen? Wow!) And we had the time – when you live next to the beach, you tend to stay away from it on days the crowds appear. LikeRead the Rest »

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Hot weather celery salad

Our fog is M.I.A. I’ve lived next to the Monterey Bay for 24 years as of this past April Fool’s Day, and I can’t remember a year in which there have been so many days with temperatures over 80 degrees here at the beach. I just checked on the Weather Underground Almanac: 15 days this calendar year so far, including 4 in January. Generally, once the air here heats to a toasty 75 or so itRead the Rest »

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You should eat at Palo Alto’s Reposado

Really. It’s SO GOOD! I chose Resposado mostly at random . . . LL and I were driving up to Palo Alto to visit Kid One during his lunch break. I poked around online the night before to pick a place because the area is chock-full of restaurants and we didn’t waste his lunch hour deciding. You know how that can go. Resposado called out to me because we all like Mexican food and I can’tRead the Rest »

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Macarons from La Patisserie Chouquette

Here are a few lovely photos my niece texted to me from St. Louis’s La Patisserie Chouquette. At 13, she has a good eye as well as good taste! The patisserie was started by Simone Faure, former executive pastry chef of the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. It’s a “peanut free gluten free friendly French bakery” and was voted Best Bakery in last year’s Riverfront Times poll. It’s the place you have to check outRead the Rest »