Category Archives: Small Plates

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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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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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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Roasted Carrots with Rosemary

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I have a garden! And OMG IT MADE CARROTS! After decades of apartment living, last year I finally moved to a sweet little house with a beautiful, sunny backyard. But it’s still San Francisco, after all, so my first season … 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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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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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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