Sweet-Sour Caramelized Alliums

Onions and shallots are the runner-up of the vegetable world. They’re always there but rarely get to take center stage. The closest it gets in French onion soup and even then the onion flavor competes with the broth. French onion soup is a great dish in itself but it’s time to let alliums take a…

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Meatballs

Up until a year ago, I was getting a few pounds of ground meat a month through our monthly meat CSA which means I needed something to do with a few pounds of ground meat. What I did was spend a lot of time making meatballs. There are no Italian grandmothers in my past and…

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Ricotta Pancakes

The recipe for these ricotta pancakes comes from an adorable little restaurant called Zazie that’s a few miles from my apartment. But I have to confess, I made the pancakes before I ever went to eat there. I just had half a tub of ricotta and was looking around for a way to use it…

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Tuna Cakes

My dad only had a few recipes when I was growing up. He’s more a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants type cook, making up recipes as he went along. Sometimes they went well, sometimes not, but they were never repeatable. Of his set recipes I only remember a few: tomato and onion salad, chili con carne (Which I hated….

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Roast Leg of Lamb (or Beef)

In a lot of ways, I’m still learning how to cook red meat (and I include pork in that category). This is in part because I was a vegetarian until a few years ago, but the real issue is that there are a lot of cuts of meat out there. A lot. Some that only…

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Hashed Turnips

Turnips get a pretty bad rap. They aren’t alone in the category of “maligned vegetables;” we can’t forget Brussels sprouts*, spinach, and beets (and probably others). But over the years I have learned to love pretty much every vegetable – except turnips. That’s not to say I’ve ever really disliked turnips. It’s just that between…

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Fish en papillote

Whew, it’s been a long few weeks of radio silence around here. So let’s get back to it! I’ve missed you. Being that San Francisco is a peninsula and that nowhere in the city is more than 5 miles from the ocean or the bay, you would think we would have some amazing and cheap…

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Melted Leeks

It feels a bit like cheating to share this and call this a recipe. But it’s just so good – I can’t not share it and then deprive you of the deliciousness that is melted leeks. Have you ever had melted leeks? Because if not this should immediately go on your to-eat list. And if…

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Generically East Asian Pork Shoulder

It’s not uncommon that I am inspired by something I eat at a restaurant or café and try to recreate it at home. Sometimes these attempts are spot on and I make a fair to incredibly close approximation of the original. But other times the end result is almost unrecognizable from the initial inspiration and…

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Baked Wings

My first experience with Buffalo wings was, fittingly, at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Alright, more specifically it was takeout from the Anchor Bar in college so that all of us could drink beer in our hotel. It was a trip for an academic competition (yes, nerd) and we could think of no…

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