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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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Flanken Cut Asian-Style Short Ribs

A local food market just completed a significant renovation and was deserving of a serious evaluation before it could be placed on my personal list of “Go To’s…” to shop!  I’ve yet to find any one market that fills all of our grocery shopping needs but there are some that are close… and this is […]

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Lamb Hash

When Dayton was growing up on the ranch here in the San Francisco East Bay his mom often prepared a simple and flavorful hash from the leftovers of boiled dinners that consisted of short ribs and vegetables including potatoes and carrots.  His folks had lived throught the years of the Great Depression so nothing was ever […]

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Oven Roasted Lamb Sandwich with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Red Onions on Green Olive Bread

Leftover oven roasted leg o’ lamb can be showcased in a variety of ways.  In the previous post the boneless leg was roasted Portuguese style then sliced and served, napped with a velvety butter sauce.  Following that meal leftovers were abundant since there were but two of us at the table.  I had mentioned that […]

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Oven Roasted Boneless Leg o’ Lamb with Pancetta and Fresh Mint

One of my favorite meals on the lunch menu of Dayton’s restaurant was a sandwich comprised of thinly sliced roast lamb, caramelized red onions and tangy goat cheese sandwiched between two slices of house-baked green olive bread… my mouth waters to this day just thinking about it!  This wonderful sandwich affirmed that lamb is more versatile […]

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Escalopes of Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Bing Cherry Sauce

Fresh cherries are in abundance!  Display cases at markets everywhere are filled to overflowing with luscious and plump black cherries, rose and yellow-hued Queen Annes and tiny brilliant red sour cherries… each one a delightful inspiration for the chef and the baker alike!  At this time of the year we tend to overindulge in one […]

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Green Corn Risotto with Black Trumpet and Porcini Mushrooms

So… what is green corn?  Green corn is simply another term for young, tender ears of sweet corn.  Its marriage with black trumpet and porcini mushrooms is a union of flavors simply unparalleled in this creamy, delicious and satisfying risotto. Risotto is an Italian rice dish cooked in a meat, fish, or vegetable-based broth to […]

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Pastel de Tres Leches

   Have you ever had one of those sweet tooth urges that is so overwhelming that it simply MUST be satisfied?  I suspect that that is the case for most of us!  One day last week I preheated the oven to 350°, hoping that that very act would be the springboard for a baker’s inspiration.  Well, […]

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