Tag: summer

End of Summer Squid Salad

End of Summer Squid Salad

Seeing huge bins of watermelons sharing curb space with jack o’ lanterns is just one of the quirkier joys of our California calendar. Even as the days shorten and the nights draw in, there’s still a handful of balmy days to enjoy. Bask in the last days of summer with this refreshing Thai-inspired squid and melon salad.

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Summer in Morocco or, Bastilla Day

Summer in Morocco or, Bastilla Day

| August 6, 2010 | 2 Comments

Bastilla. Real bastilla made with real Moroccan pigeon. Of course, I thought that the pigeons caught and prepared for my meal might very well have been from some other country and merely had the misfortune of landing in the wrong spot at the wrong time, but I let that go. I was about to eat them baked with almonds, spices, and eggs into the flaky pastry of my favorite Moroccan dish of all time. And in Morocco, of all places, too. I longed to nearly suffocate myself under it’s heavy layer of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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Summer Salad Project

Summer Salad Project

Could you cook a whole locally-sourced dinner without really trying? The Summer Salad Project takes locavore eating down to a few pots in a Bernal backyard, augmented with some local farm love. The result? Some mighty good eating. Pass the mayonnaise!

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Summer Trifle

Summer Trifle

| July 20, 2009 | 1 Comment

The best summer desserts are simple to make, portable for picnics, and highlight the season’s sweet, luscious fruit. Trifle would be at the top of my own list.

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Deceptively delectable: Tonnato with summer vegetables

Deceptively delectable: Tonnato with summer vegetables

| July 13, 2009 | 2 Comments

Sometimes it’s best not to tell your dinner guests what you are about to serve them.

Sometimes you should just watch their eyes light up as they try that first bite, and then reveal what you’ve prepared.

This is one of those dishes.

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Beach Blanket Picnics

Beach Blanket Picnics

| August 16, 2007 | 3 Comments

I grew up at the beach. While other kids were making do with garden hoses and sprinklers, I was cooling off in the salty waters of the Atlantic, whose surface shimmied a mere 15 minute drive from my house in suburban Virginia. I had my first swimming lesson when I was 10 months old, and […]

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Bay Area Baking Class: Seasonal Fruit Desserts

Bay Area Baking Class: Seasonal Fruit Desserts

| June 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

This Sunday June 10th I will be teaching my second Seasonal Fruit Dessert class in North Berkeley from 1 – 3:30 pm. Might you wish to join me as I conjure a number of sweets simple and complex, whose main focus is fruits at the peak of their early summer season’s best? Those who took […]

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Plumcots, Apriums, Pluots and Their Father of Invention

| May 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year. When Bay Area markets are jumping with stone fruits. Names whimsical, actual and unpronounceable and downright silly fill signage over mysterious glowing orbs. People want to know, “What’s the difference between a pluot and a plumcot, a nectarcot and an aprium? Why all the funny names? What happened to the […]

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Summer Tipple

Summer Tipple

| May 10, 2007 | 7 Comments

This early summer heat has left me wilted and without much of an appetite for aught but cold salads and homemade fruit smoothies. However, it brought out a special request in my husband, “I want Hawaii in a cocktail,” he announced the other night when the temp was still hovering above 75° after 7:00. Knowing […]

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