Archive | December, 2009

Field Greens with Watermelon, Strawberries and Baked Goat Cheese

Three years ago we welcomed in the New Year by treating ourselves to an extravagant night at the St. Orres Inn in Gualala, a tiny town on the Mendocino coast of northern California.  The rustic Inn itself was built reflecting the significant early Russian influence along that segment of California’s Pacific coast.  It’s onion shaped domes beckon […]

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Kugelhopf

Standing prominently tall on our Christmas Tea table this year was a Kugelhopf that Dayton baked the day before the anticipated event.  As for the history of this cake there are no two sources that can agree.  It does seem clear that it originated in Austria and was a favorite of Emperor Franz Josef I.  […]

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Christmas is Cookies!

  One of our greatest gifts this Christmas was having the privilege of hosting my mom during the flurry and excitement of the holiday festivities.  She brought the spirit of Christmas from rural Minnesota to our home here in the San Francisco Bay Area the moment she walked through our front door.  We attended several concerts and holiday music events from […]

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Creme Fraiche: A Delicious Alternative to Sour Cream

Back in the 70’s Dayton had the good fortune of being introduced to Annie-Mae DeBresson, a French woman whose mother was a countess in France.  She lived in an immense French Renaissance-style house above the gourmet ghetto of Berkeley and gave cooking lessons in her home.  The classes were always small and intimate and Dayton remembers […]

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Cajun White Bean and Collard Greens Soup

Dayton writes: Lewis Carroll perhaps said it best when in Alice in Wonderland he had the mock turtle sing a song about this ancient food: “Beautiful soup, so rich and green Waiting in a hot tureen! Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!” Soup, many believe, is one of […]

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Nonno Panecaldo’s “Sunday Sauce”… Pasta with Meatballs

  Even though the first official day of winter has yet to arrive the temperatures here in the San Francisco Bay Area these past few days are keen reminders that Old Man Winter is blowing frigid Arctic air down along the length of the Pacific coast, suggesting that we all stay indoors huddled around a warm crackling fire… or snuggled […]

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Timballo di Melanzane

   A timballo is a famous baked Italian pasta dish which takes its name from the Italian word for a large kettle drum.  It is a dish that is found throughout Italy but is most prevalent in the southern half of the country.  Each of the four provinces in the Abruzzo Region of Italy has […]

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Pesto a la Genovese

For years I’ve enjoyed those columns so prominent in a variety of food magazines that do a quick interview of famous people and celebrities and ask such questions as What is your favorite food?  What is your favorite restaurant in the world, and why?  If you were able to invite anyone from all of history […]

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Lamb Burgers

Beef, pork and poultry were not only a source of income to support our large farm family in southern Minnesota but also a souce of daily sustenance.  The cattle provided rich whole milk and cream as well as succulent roasts and steaks for the numerous steak frys we enjoyed so often during the summer months in […]

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Boeuf a la Bourguignonne: An Old Classic Becomes New

Boeuf a la Bourguignonne… a French classic indeed!  One’s thoughts automatically drift to Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking published in 1961.  She has been both an idol and inspiration in our kitchen for years. Our dear friend Fran was recently in Washington, D.C., on business and had the oportunity to soak up that great […]

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