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CAJUN-SPICED FISH WITH CREAMY CAPER SAUCE

Does your spice drawer look anything like mine? It’s not pretty. Sure, plenty of good stuff makes its home there — coriander and cumin, black peppercorns, cinnamon and ginger. These are the staples of my cooking. I use them weekly, if not daily, and replace them often, relying mostly on the bulk spice section of […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

  What we cooked this week was dictated largely by the fact that we harvested the remains of the garden for the season, starting with these French red pumpkins, which I believe are bound for a soup pot. I have a few sugar pie pumkins too, which I’ll roast for pie like this. or this    There […]

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T LOOK DOWN
(PLUS, LIGHTER LEMON SQUARES)

As I hurried across the street, I saw her approaching from half of a block away. Reflexively, I looked down, doing what I sometimes do when things get uncomfortable. Face the ground. Ignore what is so clearly right in front of me. Homelessness, poverty. hunger. As she got closer, moving in my direction, I forced […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Started the week by picking up these mini eggplants at the farmers’ market, each of which was about the size of an apple. I almost didn’t want to cook them, they were so cute. Alas, I did anyway, by cutting them in half and roasting them in a 375 degree oven until nearly done. I then […]

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QUICK AND CRISPY SKILLET KALE

It was practically groundbreaking. The news I heard last summer while rifling through the fridge, looking for the bunch of kale I’d bought for dinner. “Has anyone seen the kale?” I asked the kids, with zero expectation that they’d know of its whereabouts. Instead the response came back, “Yeah, we had it for snack today.” […]

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BANH MI!
SCRUMPTIOUS VIETNAMESE SANDWICHES

One of the most delightful parties I attended  in recent memory was a sunset hike and supper for a friend celebrating her 40th birthday last spring. She gathered all of her beloveds at the trailhead of a famously beautiful spot just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. The party began at picnic tables abutting the parking […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

Started the week off with a little pickling project for a fundraising event we co-hosted with my brother. The theme had Southern roots, so I did up okra and green beans in a quick brine. The pickles were tasty, but it was the biscuits and fried chicken that stole the show for most of our guests. […]

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HOT TIP: HOW TO MAKE AND FREEZE SMOOTHIES

  Our household blender gets a mighty workout around here, spending most of its time whirling fresh and frozen fruits, leafy greens, kefir, yogurt, nuts, seeds, and grains into frothy nourishment. Often, the result is more smoothie than can reasonably be consumed in one sitting. In the past, I’ve poured any extra into pop molds to […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD (plus a giveaway)

Started the week off with “Ceviche Saturday”…a simple meal paired with tortilla chips and guac. If you’ve never made ceviche, DO. No recipe required. Cut raw white fish, shrimp,  scallops, calamari, etc.  into bite-size pieces, stir in finely chopped cilantro and jalapeno, then add enough fresh lime juice to completely submerge the seafood. Four or more hours […]

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LEMON MAPLE RICE PUDDING

For me, rice pudding is love in a bowl. Comfort writ large. Perhaps because it was one among a small rotation of puddings that my mom made for dessert when we were kids. Warm bowls of tapioca, bread pudding, and vanilla custard were regulars at our table. Rice was always my favorite. Strangely, it’s never been part of […]

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