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Family Dinner Plan: Summer bounty


  Our weekly CSA boxes from Fifth Crow Farms have been filled with gorgeous produce! This week we found lettuces, cabbage, rainbow chard, yellow beets, spinach, zucchini squash, parsley, basil with roots and two baskets of strawberries. In addition, I signed up to receive a chicken from Root Down Farm, which we grilled the day […]

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Vacation Cooking: Kids are the stars


We spent last week vacationing in Minnesota with extended family. Every other summer we meet for a week on a lake in the western part of Minnesota, spending time fishing, tubing and eating. Each night a different family takes care of dinner – on our night, we did a simple BBQ with burgers and brats, […]

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Sous Vide Inspiration


Our veggie box from the new CSA we joined, Fifth Crow Farms. Each share came with a 1/2 dozen duck eggs. I am excited to give those a try! No menu plan this week, I have a spring flu. Oh, just as good as the winter flu with fever, aches, pains and blahs, but then […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Still, the sous vide


Last week I wrote about my new sous vide machine and this week I have had a couple opportunities to play around with the device. The photo above is from dinner on Thursday night, a super easy Teriyaki Chicken Breast that took 45 minutes in the sous vide, just the amount of time I needed […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Mother’s Day and sous vide


   Happy Day After Mother’s Day! The above photo is my lunch from Sunday, cold grilled steak and bell pepper lettuce wraps, with a pickle, of course. Here is my seasonal menu plan for the week of May 10: Sunday: Grilled smoked pork chops, roasted kohlrabi, grilled asparagus and spring onions, strawberries with cream fraiche […]

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Family Dinner: Cinco de Mayo


    I had lunch last week with Marsha at Pizzeria Delfina in Palo Alto, and had an amazing vegetable dish with peas of all kinds – English peas, sugar snaps, snow peas and pea tendrils, topped with a generous dollop of burrata cheese. Outstanding, very seasonal and in the moment. Perfect.   Also, the new […]

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Family Dinner Plan: May flowers


  Lots of birthdays in our house this time of year. The above Strawberry-Filled Angel Food Cake was mine from this weekend, lovingly made for me by the kids. Last weekend we enjoyed a red velvet cake with the best cream cheese frosting I have ever tried. And this week I am going to sneak […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Breakfast for dinner


The Big Guy hates it when I say “breakfast for dinner”, preferring that I instead use the correct “breakfast food for dinner”. No matter what you call it in your house, with half our family members gone for spring break, I plan to serve breakfast food for dinner almost every day this week. Here is […]

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Family Diner Plan: Cocktail craziness


The above book is our new favorite cocktail inspiration. It was recommended to me by the delightful owner of Omnivore Books (all food, all the time) in San Francisco. 901 Very Good Cocktails is full of lists for every imaginable type of drink organized by type, flavor, theme and more. Starting with the 16 Greatest […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Easter week


The best part of the weeks surrounding Easter, at least in this part of California, is that spring is definitely here and you see that every day in the wonderful vegetables available through the local farmers markets. I am excited about this week’s menu because I am enjoying all the wonderful produce! Here is my […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Irish stew and carrots


   Our mystery bag from Farmdoor included a bountiful collection of orange and purple carrots, so this week’s menu will feature carrots a few times. The chickens are also thrilled, since they seem to like carrot tops the best and carrots from local farms tend to include a prolific bunch of tops (see photo above). […]

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Family trip to Switzerland, winter editon


We went to Switzerland for February break this year and here are the highlights: Friday, February 13- Saturday, February 14: Travel to Switzerland We departed from SFO on Friday, February 13, and arrived in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday, February 14. Our flight from Frankfurt to Zurich was scheduled to depart at 12:30pm, and at about […]

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