Archive | October, 2009

Ratatouille…!

Autumn in the San Francisco Bay Area is a truly spectacular time of the year!  Nostalgic memories take me back to the glorious Indian summer days I savored and treasured during my youth as a farm boy in southern Minnesota.  During that brief season I  always felt as if I were being warmly kissed by the sun […]

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Angel Food Cake… A Devil to Make and Bake?

I remember well, as a youngster, watching my Grandma Neve make her angel food cakes, usually on a Saturday morning in preparation for a family get-together the next day.  My eyes would be wide with fascination as she whipped the egg whites in what seemed in my young mind to be an immense crockery bowl […]

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Oven Roasted Artichokes with Caramelized Garlic Aioli

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are fortunate to be living not far from Castroville, the self-proclaimed Artichoke Capital of the World.  Nearly 100% of the artichokes cultivated in the United States are here in California, with 80% of that number being grown in Monterey County.  Who would have ever imagined that a perennial […]

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Roasted and Caramelized Garlic

  The kitchen has always been a place of inspiration for me, even as a child growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota.  I remember well my hours of captive fascination  as I would sit watching my mom mix and knead the yeast dough to fill as many as ten loaf pans at a time, several times […]

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