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Family Dinner Plan: Coaching soccer


In addition to lots of other activities, I also coach youth soccer. I have been doing this on and off for about 10 years, and each year I think I might be ready to move on and then I decide to pick up my whistle for another season. This week is our first week of […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Vegan challenge 


   The Big Guy loves to run and out of the blue has decided he is curious about vegan diets. You know me, I love a challenge, so I agreed to devote three days this week to a vegan diet. We have brought in a supply of almond milk, spiralina powder, nutritional yeast and loads […]

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Family Dinner Plan: New camera


        A study of zucchini. Zucchini three ways. Reflections on zucchini. Our box from Fifth Crow Farm contained the above mentioned zucchini and summer squash, beets, leeks, new purple potatoes, baby gem lettuce, strawberries and blackberries, lemon cucumbers, fennel, and broccoli.  Here is my menu plan for the week of July 19: Sunday: Sous […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Summer sweetness


I don’t write nearly as much about our fruit CSA from Frog Hollow, mostly because fruit does not need as much of plan. It is pretty easy to pick up a peach or nectarine, along with a napkin to catch the juice, and go to town. Frog Hollow specializes in stone fruits (apricots, peaches, plums, […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Grill everything


Hope you had a delightful 4th of July weekend! Our box from Fifth Crow Farms contained summer squash and zucchini, lettuces, spinach, romanesco cauliflower, strawberries, baby turnips, dill, Savoy cabbage, new potatoes, red onions, carrots and radishes. I feel as though I might have snagged an extra vegetable or two, there were a couple things […]

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Easy pasta and pizza


Last week I was a guest teacher for teen cooking camp on pasta and pizza. It was almost like a summer camp for me, working with kids who like to cook and sharing my passion for food. Amy, my co-teacher, taught an easy way to make pasta, and since she makes pasta every week for […]

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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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