Category Archives: Entrees

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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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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Spicy Corn Cakes

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Today I am celebrating with spicy corn cakes from my first book, Campfire Cuisine. I can hardly believe that this book, my first “baby,” turned seven years old on May 1. And like any parent, I can’t help but wonder where … Continue reading

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Baked Eggs in a Crunchy Potato Crust

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“Mama, you know what I call you?” my four-year-old asked me today. I shook my head and crossed my fingers, hoping I wasn’t in store for more preschool-style potty humor. “My insistent,” he said. “Do you know what insistents do? … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Tricks To Make Dinner More Delicious

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I’m a sucker for a good gadget, or, well, let’s be honest, any gadget (that’s what “sucker” means, right?) When I got my first slow cooker, it was no doubt thanks to some marketing lackey’s storyboard fiction: Place random boring … Continue reading

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Polenta and Sausage with Caramelized Fennel

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Planning a menu for three male dinner guests last week, I couldn’t help but envision a sausage-based entree. I considered casseroles, pizzas, and even soups before finding myself at the grocery store with a hankering for cooked cabbage and corn. … Continue reading

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Magical Chawan Mushi (Japanese Savory Egg Custard)

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I was about to start this post talking about how cold and miserable San Francisco can be, but then I remembered that I can’t stand it when people belabor the fact that San Francisco is cold and damp. I mean, … Continue reading

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Perfect Roast Chicken

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So, I come from a food-obsessed family. My mother, a self-taught cook with a love of spicy foods, liked to experiment with exotic cuisines. Our normal home-cooked meals were things like meaty Brazilian feijoada, intricate Indian curries, and southwestern corn … Continue reading

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Onigiri: World’s Oldest and Most Delicious To-Go Food

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Since before chopsticks were invented, the Japanese have been rolling sticky rice up into balls that are easy to pick up and eat by hand. Not only are onigiri a tidy way to enjoy rice on the go, but the  … Continue reading

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Crepe Filling: Radicchio, Butternut Squash, and Walnuts

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Yeah Baby, MORE CREPES! What else can I say? I’m still at it. (Check out some of our previous crepe filling posts. And also, brush up on how not hard it is to make crepes.) This delicious filling boasts a … Continue reading

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