Corn and Tomato Caprese

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It seems that I can’t get through a summer without some kind of corn and tomato combination. This one wasn’t even on my rader. I’d been mulling over the idea of some kind of stone variation on caprese, maybe with peaches, maybe not. I’d gone so far as to buy a tub of fresh mozzarella that had been silently mocking me in the fridge. Last Saturday we headed to the farmer’s market and I fully intended to get peaches for a stab at that salad. And we bought peaches, along with a few pounds of lovely tomatoes, several ears of corn, and incredibly fragrant bunch of basil. The peaches ended up in pie, while the corn and tomatoes ended up in a caprese salad at the end of the day.

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Ratatouille Pie | The Year of Pie

We went and visited summer over the Fourth of July. It was deliciously hot. Shorts weather, ice cream weather,  lake weather. And then we came back to San Francisco’s perpetual April and while I enjoyed the cool nights, I missed summer. It made me think of all the things to love about the hot weather. Things…

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Pineapple Salsa

When we went on vacation to Hawaii last month my goal was to eat as much pineapple as possible, and I worked hard to achieve that goal. I had pineapple cocktails (including one served in a hollowed out pineapple) and tried pineapple snacks everywhere we went. There was pineapple for breakfast, and for snacks, and…

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How to Throw a Hot Dog Party (and Make Veggie Hot Dogs)

Sometime last year I stumbled across a list of hot dog toppings that are popular in various parts of the world and got the idea to throw a hot dog party. I envisioned a pile of hot dogs and buns, a grill, a park, and a table full of toppings options and I planned it…

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Grilled Salmon Packets

Last week was a long week. Not a bad week, but a long one. The kind of week where at the end you’re completely wiped out, can’t do anything. You want to spend Saturday all you want to do is spend the day in your pajamas, with a stack of pancakes, some magazines, and a…

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Thai Mango Salad

On Christmas, Jeff and I cooked a Thai feast out of the Pok Pok cookbook. We put together a list of dishes to try and spent the week before the holiday scouring small Asian grocery stores for exotic and unfamiliar ingredients. On Christmas day we gobbled up stew and sticky rice and pad thai. The…

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Thai Salad Dressing

I try to clean out my fridge at least once a month, to sort out what’s still edible and unearth the things that got shoved in the back. And every time I go through this process, whether it’s been two weeks or two months since I last took an inventory, there is inevitably a jar…

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Strawberry Pie | The Year of Pie

We’re spoiled out here with the first crop of strawberries arriving around late April. I always reserve the first few weeks for just eating them straight out of the carton but that means by May I’m starting to think about what else I can do with them. And since last month we gave rhubarb its…

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