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  • 06/07/09--08:26: Arugula Pesto
  • This recipe is fantastic for a quick appetizer with bread or for a sauce with pasta.  You can substitute a number of herbs and greens for the arugula with great results. Ingredients 2 handsful of arugula leaves 1 clove minced garlic 1/3 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts 1/3 cup freshly-grated parmigiano regianno cheese 1/4 cup rehydrated sundried [...]

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  • 07/07/09--19:38: Primavera
  • One of my favorite restaurants these days is not a sit-down restaurant at all but an outstanding food purveyor at the Saturday San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.  I can hardly wait to get to the market to see what tasty creations Primavera has come up with.  My favorite dish on their short menu is [...]

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    This recipe is quick and easy and healthy, too!  Ingredients 4 slices of thick country bread Good quality extra virgin olive oil 1 cup fresh, seasonal strawberries, coarsely chopped About 6 medium lemon verbena leaves, finely chopped 1/2 cup thick Greek-style yogurt (unflavored, such as Fage) 4 sprigs of lemon verbena for garnish (optional) You will [...]

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  • 07/26/09--20:42: Nectarine Galette
  • A galette (rustic tart) is one of my favorite summer desserts!  I have been known to make a dozen at one time – all using different fruits from the farmers market.  One of my favorite fruit choices is nectarines.  Both yellow and white ones work great – even a mixture of both.    I use a food processor for the pastry, and [...]

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  • 08/01/09--17:06: Vegetable Paella
  • There are a couple of tricks to making paella.  One is the rice.  For beginners, I would highly recommend using Bomba rice from Spain.  It has a shorter grain and is more “foolproof”.   The other is to use smoked paprika from Spain.  Smoked paprika gives a rich, lingering flavor and aroma to this dish.  This [...]

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  • 08/27/09--20:52: Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup
  • This soup gets its freshness from a hint of lemon verbena.  Be sure to choose the sweetest tomatoes you can find.  I like to serve this soup over a piece of poached salmon.  Ingredients 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 1 dozen large lemon verbena leaves 3 [...]

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  • 10/13/09--17:05: Restaurant Chez Serge
  • I have had several opportunities to visit Chez Serge in Carpentras, France, and I continue to be very happy with the food, service and atmosphere there. The restaurant is owned and operated by Serge Ghoukassian, who was also named Sommelier of the Year for France last year by Gault-Millau.  The restaurant is a beautiful combination of [...]

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    This soup is a great way to warm up a chilly Autumn day.  It is also a good starter for a Thanksgiving holiday meal. Ingredients 2 shallots, peeled and chopped 4 T olive oil 4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1” cubes 6 cups stock 1 Tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper, plus more for garnish 2 [...]

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  • 11/19/09--10:27: Granola
  • We absolutely love granola.  I make this recipe at least once a week.  It doesn’t last long around our house.  It isn’t very sweet, which is how we like it.  However, you can increase the amount of honey if you prefer a sweeter granola.  I alternate which nuts I use.  The recipe below calls for almonds, [...]

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    I grew up eating cornbread dressing for special occasions, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This dish, baked in the oven in a casserole-style baking dish, is made with savory homemade cornbread and fresh chicken or turkey stock.   It is important to note that Southern-style cornbread is made with white corn meal and is savory, not [...]