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Marinated Cracked Dungeness Crab

Fresh Dungeness crab is always a treat!  This past weekend we were the most fortunate recipients of two beautiful Dungeness crabs direct from crab pots set in the Pacific outside of the Golden Gate.  A longtime friend of ours, Ron Fudala, an avid sportsman when it comes to all things involving the ocean, stopped by our […]

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Vietnamese Shrimp and Glass Noodle Salad

As we write and reflect today, September 11, 2011, I can’t help but be reminded of what those of us who gathered for our 20th annual North & East Neighborhood Picnic experienced yesterday as we assembled together with old and new friends on the grassy lawn of our neighborhood park… community.  I well remember the […]

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Portuguese-Style Clams and Pork (Cataplana)

Southern Portugal is three quarters surrounded by the sea so it is not surprising that fish and seafood are heavily featured in the Portuguese diet and gave rise to the unique invention of the perfect vessel, the cataplana, for steaming shellfish. Cataplana, much like the word tagine, is the name of both the recipe and […]

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Wood-Grilled Salmon with Dijon Mustard and Dill

Always on the prowl for a great bargain when it comes to salmon I recently stumbled upon a fresh four pound piece of farmed Atlantic salmon marked at eight dollars a pound.  Sold!  When I arrived home Dayton removed the remaining pin bones, which were few, and cut the slab into 6-ounce portions.  All but two […]

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Sweet Potato Encrusted Sole with Fresh Lime and Caramelized Onion Dressed Greens

A wide variety of fruits of the sea have passed through our kitchen.  Salmon has been poached in fragrant liquids and grilled over hot coals.  Scallops have made their way to service via searing skillets and baking dishes filled with bubbling sauces hot out of the oven.  Oysters have been lovingly tended over a hot […]

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Poached Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Nearly ten years ago I was standing on the platform of the East Tsim Sha Tsui railway station in Kowloon waiting to board my train.  It was early morning and I had hailed a taxi to take me from my hotel perched on the edge of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong to the train station, where […]

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Seafood Chowder with Tarragon and Parmesan Pastry Rounds

This week a reader asked if we might have any great ideas for a seafood chowder.  The morning after reading the request I stepped out the door on my way to the market and was greeted by a blustery blast of frigid air combined with a shower of extremely cold rain and knew immediately that the evening meal would […]

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Salmon Cakes with Lemon and Fresh Dill

We love salmon… period!  One indulgent dining out lunch to which we always look forward is a seasonal trek to Skates by the Bay, a local restaurant perched like a seagull on pilings out over the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley.  For a very short period of time, mid-May to mid-June only, Copper River salmon is on […]

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