Category Archives: Recipes

Turning Found Fruit into Treasured Quince Jelly (Super Simple Recipe!)

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I’ve always gotten a kick out of “finding” food and turning it into something delicious like quince jelly. At my first sleep-away camp at age 7, my buddies and I plucked huckleberries from vines alongside a hiking trail. We proundly … Continue reading

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Herb Mayonnaise and More at SF Cooking School

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People assume that since I’m a freelance food writer, I must eat amazing meals—like the heirloom tomato sandwich with homemade herb mayonnaise pictured above—all the time. The truth is a bit more dismal. Lunch usually involves snacking on random leftovers … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara with Pecorino Romano

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If you’re ever invited to a seven-course Pecorino Romano-themed dinner party — especially at San Francisco’s Cookhouse, a glamorous culinary event venue located  upstairs from Vesuvio bar with a stunning view of the heart of North Beach — say YES! … Continue reading

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Pickled Onions with Lime Juice

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This quick lime juice pickled onion recipe is so simple, so flavorful, and so beautiful (that bright pink color!) that I just can’t get enough. The lime juice makes these pickled onions a perfect match for Mexican food, so I … Continue reading

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Char Siu Bao (Steamed BBQ Pork Buns)—Weeknight Easy

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I don’t know what magic was at work, but apparently, I once had all the time in the world. I know this because I have vivid memories of spending countless hours in the kitchen happily infusing oils, kneading dough, hand-making … Continue reading

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Thai Chicken Satay

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After spending a few weeks in the polar vortex, my family and I returned to the Bay Area in mid-January to discover that summer has come early this year. Really early. Dire drought emergency and looming water rationing aside, I … Continue reading

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Green Tomato Fritters

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For many of you across the northern hemisphere — those who are currently wrapping yourselves in full arctic expedition gear just to get to work — this will not be a timely post. Here in dull-weather California, however, I still … Continue reading

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Incredibly Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

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There are only so many homegrown tomatoes that an urban backyard farmer can consume. (Yes, even here in San Francisco! Sun Golds by the Bay!) Tomatoes don’t last long on the counter (a ruthless gang of fruit flies holds unopposed … Continue reading

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Baked Chicken with Lemon Marmalade Glaze

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Thanks to my many generous, green-thumbed, food-loving friends, my kitchen cupboards are crammed year-round with homemade jams: persimmon butter, blackberry and poppy flower preserves, grapefruit marmalade, quince jam, green tomato and chili chutney (made by the coauthor), and many more. … Continue reading

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Camp Cooking: Magic Layer Pie

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It’s officially camping season and all around me, throngs of outdoor adventurers are readying their camping gear and pondering whether to head for the mountains or the desert, the coast or the woods. Me? I’m already planning the menu. Don’t … Continue reading

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