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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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Family Dinner Plan: The gift of time


Since it is now spring, the above photo should help with the identification of random alliums you might be seeing at the farmers market or in your weekly CSA box. Leeks tend to be round on the bottom near the stem, with flat, dark green outer leaves. Spring onions are bulbous and round at the […]

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Family Dinner Plan: St Patrick’s Day


Mariquita Farms had a mystery box pickup last week, and I am expecting a bag from Farmdoor this week. Lots of veggies, which is great as we are hosting a few friends and family for dinner this week. And we have a special dinner planned for Tuesday to celebrate our favorite Irish-American holiday. Sunday: Roast […]

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Family Dinner Plan: More spring menus


Sunday: Appetizers: French radishes with caraway butter, roasted beet muhammara, pita and veggies; Dinner: Fred’s steak, romaine salad, roasted carrots, steamed broccoli Monday: Pasta with lamb ragù, kale salad, steamed green vegetable Tuesday: Amawele’s sweet potato chicken curry, quinoa and rice, roasted vegetables Wednesday: Leftovers Thursday: Roasted salmon, rice, vegetable or three Friday: TGIF and […]

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Family Dinner Plan: New harvest boxes

 This week I am trying vegetables from two different sources – Farmstand and Bounty Box. Both are startups in Palo Alto looking to impact local and seasonal vegetable eating.  Farmstand has a regular neighborhood vegetable standS where customers can purchase produce delivered from organic farms a few times a week and which allow the […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Jet Lag

Back from our winter break in Switzerland (more on that soon) I find I am craving lots of vegetables. Seems like all we did last week was eat, specifically bread and cheese, potatoes and cheese, cheese, pork in all its tasty incarnations, and chocolate. The last one I am not too upset about, I will continue that […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Slow cooker happiness

Another week, another plan. Last week’s highlight was the slow cooker posole on Thursday night. Winner. Used pork tenderloins and cooked all day and there was no way I thought that would do anything great for the pork. Was I surprised to find that the pork was tender and juicy and we enjoyed the posole with […]

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Family Dinner Plan: Spring?

Above, a photo from last week’s slow cooker dinner, Pot Roast. Winner. This week, I feel less like eating stews and soups. And I think this is mostly the fault of the weather. Warm temperatures here in California, feels like spring has sprung. My garden is confused. Anyway, last week’s menu plan worked like a […]

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