Monthly Archives: December 2010

Night Ride Part II: Sara’s Savory Strata

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Last week I told you about San Francisco’s annual Holiday Lights Night Ride—a lively nighttime bicycle tour of the city’s most outrageous, creative, and/or beautiful holiday homes. Robin Marks of Discovery Street Tours has been leading themed group rides in … Continue reading

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No Wallflowers Here: Truffled Cauliflower Soup

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Cauliflower appears, at first glance, to be the humblest of vegetables, too polite even to show off with a hint of color in its tightly bound florets. But a long roast in a hot oven has the same effect on … Continue reading

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Dining Tables Should Be for Dining (and a recipe for Artichoke and Fennel Caponata)

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For years, I lived in an apartment in San Francisco that was so small that in order for my husband and I to have another couple over for dinner, we had to rearrange not just the kitchen or living room … Continue reading

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Night Ride Part I: Lavender Hot Cocoa

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If you ride a bike in San Francisco there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the annual Holiday Lights Night Ride—a rollicking nighttime bicycle tour of the city’s most highly decorated holiday homes. Conceived of and led by Robin Marks … Continue reading

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Addictive Pumpkin Soup

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I was at a dinner party last night when the conversation turned to cigarette smoking. All the former smokers were commiserating about how it just got too darn inconvenient—and too socially deviant—to smoke in this country, at least here .in … Continue reading

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I Scream For Ice Cream Makers (Bonus: Coconut Avocado Ice Cream recipe)

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If you’re a friend of mine, or a former co-worker, or just about any acquaintance I’ve dined with at a pot-luck party, there’s a very good chance you’ve tried my homemade ice cream. And I’m not bragging, but you probably … Continue reading

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Steamed Persimmon Pudding

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Leafing through my recipe collection the other day, I was reminded of this festive dessert that I used to love to make during persimmon season. It has the self-dating distinction of being one of the first recipes ever sent to … Continue reading

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How to Seed a Pomegranate the Clean and Easy Way

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My three-year-old niece does not have typical toddler tastes. Sure, she loves sweets, and she probably wouldn’t turn down a chicken nugget, but she’s also got a ferocious fancy for the briney, vinegary, and tart. She guzzles capers, cornichons, olives, … Continue reading

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Early Hanukkah’s No Problem for Lazy Gourmets

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It’s less than a week after Thanksgiving, and frankly, I want to think less about food, not more. But Hanukkah has sprung itself upon us early this year (just wait until 2013 when Hanukkah starts the day before turkey day!) … Continue reading

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