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Marin County Farmers Markets: Finding the Fall Bounty

23 Oct

Although the seasonal transitions in Marin do not hold the drama found in the east given our more subtle color and temperature shifts, the farmers markets are the place to be if you want to get that fall feeling. I recently had a post published on Summer Tomato the blog of Darya Rose, a San Francisco advocate of local, seasonal foods and author of the book Foodist whose approach centers on food enjoyment rather than restriction. Continue reading

Friday Food: Links to Recipes, Restaurant, Gadgets and News

18 Oct

Below is a weekly roundup of ideas for what to cook, where to eat, things to consider and actions to inspire. To link to recipes, click on the image. If you have something to add to a future Friday Food list, please share it in the comments section below. Enjoy the weekend! Continue reading

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

8 Oct

Shepherds Pie is crave worthy food. Homey, flavorful and satisfying. This recipe has been adapted from Cooks Illustrated and I admit, for someone who disses this publications’ sometimes overly step-intensive preparations, there are a few like the Best Roast Chicken and Blueberry Muffins that prove that Cooks Illustrated is not always such serious business. This one has no unusual ingredients and although there are two separate elements, it comes together fairly quickly. And the leftovers are just as delicious as round one. Continue reading

Pumpkin Pancakes

28 Sep

This recipe was shared by a friend who takes the lead on elevating breakfast well beyond the mundane. She is a master of taking even good recipes and making them that much better indicated by the multiple markings within her cookbooks. Continue reading

Peach and Strawberry Crisp

9 Jul

The Farmers Market is approaching its prime. Tomatoes are showing up and peaches and strawberries are bountiful.

Donut Peaches

You can find peaches for $2.00/pound during this high season and a flat (6 baskets) of strawberries for $13, making these fruits an inexpensive summer snack. And given that chocolate-based desserts have taken the back-seat to the juicy, colorful, fruit dominant, I suggest getting a bag full … some for now, some for dessert. Continue reading

Juicy Sliders

3 Jul

Juicy SlidersBurgers are a summertime staple and have come a long way from the overly cooked patties on a parched white roll that I remember from childhood. We had no turkey, buffalo or elk options. Or lamb or goat which one of my favorite restaurants, Marin Sun Farms in Pt. Reyes, has on their spring menu.

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Tomato Basil Strata: A Make-Ahead Egg Casserole

29 Jun


If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing, make-ahead breakfast recipe for your 4th of July festivities, this strata is it. (I’ll  post the Sausage Veggie version this weekend.) Egg casseroles can be overly dry or ultra eggy, but these are more like a frittata and are full of flavor.

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Toasted Almond Ice Cream

7 Jun

When you think of an ice cream sandwich, do you think of this?

The Classic

The Classic

Or this?

It's It: The San Francisco Legend

It’s It: The San Francisco Legend

Or maybe this?

It's It: The San Francisco Legend

Double Stuffed with Ice Cream

How about this?

The Lofty Newcomer

The lofty, from scratch newcomer, Toasted Almond Ice Cream on Almond Wafers, appears a bit out of place in an ice cream sandwich world that has long been dominated by boxed and packaged varieties in the freezer section. Maybe a bit too fancy for summer? Continue reading

Summer Strawberry Muffins

29 May

This is a “compilation recipe” that combines the elements I like in a muffin – no long wait between steps, an ingredient or two that provides a healthy balance (in this case, wheat pastry flour and Greek yogurt) and something to sprinkle on the top that provides some crunch.  It comes together really quickly and is doable on a weekend morning.  Just start right away with preheating the oven and letting the strawberries macerate.

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Grilled Salmon Marinade and French Kids Eat Everything

25 May

My friend Nat lived in San Francisco when my daughter was born and I was just over the bridge. Since she was the only person I knew living close by who had a baby, we quickly became allies as we dealt with an identity shift and a new life focus.   Continue reading