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Using Up Leftovers in Sandwiches: Kale Salad

I love having a salad or two in the refrigerator during the warmer weather. This kale salad holds up well and everyone I’ve served it to loves it. I’d never thought to make a kale salad sandwich before though.  I made the kale salad for dinner one evening, then had some for lunch a few […]

Overnight Pizza Dough from Jim Lahey

This Overnight Pizza Dough from Jim Lahey is my new favorite for a planned pizza night. I know I’ve said that before!  I’ve got several recipes that are good for starting the afternoon you want to make pizza. They take an hour or two.  This one from My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make […]

Pureed Beets with Yogurt and Za’atar from Jerusalem

Saturday we had lunch with some friends, over in the cooler part of the bay area. It was nice to escape the heat–and even better to visit with our friends. I brought a couple of dips as appetizers and gambled on a new one that had caught my eye, Pureed Beets with Yogurt and Za’atar […]

Corn Quesadilla

I made the best lunch the other day: a corn quesadilla with avocado and salsa.    The corn was leftover grilled corn on the cob. If you don’t have any leftover corn, you can cut the kernels off and saute them quickly in a pan like I did with these corn and zucchini chalupas. Just heat […]

Sculptures and Fountain Installed at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

I mentioned before that I’ve been learning to weld and do wood turning. Over the weekend Marlo and I installed two sculptures and a fountain at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, an amazing 3.5 acres of succulents and drought-tolerant plants. This is a fund-raiser for the garden, with about 50 artists from around […]

Recipes from the Past

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipes

After I published my post on planning ahead for pizza night, it occurred to me that you all might want some ideas for making pizza sauce. So here are ones I regularly use, depending on what I have on hand. The options are almost endless for a good tomato pizza sauce. Or you might prefer […]

Baked Apple Pancake

This is good for a fairly quick but yet special breakfast. It served 3 of us about perfectly. You spend a few minutes getting everything ready, then pop it in the oven for 20 minutes. 6 Tbs butter 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 3 Tbs lemon juice 5 Tbs powdered sugar 1/4 tsp […]

Preserving the Bounty of the Garden

The garden is coming in strong finally now that we have some hot weather.  It’s been a wacky year weather wise here. My pickling cucumbers are not giving me as much fruit as in past years, but still enough to play with some pickles. I’ve dried various summer squash. That’s a new one for me. […]

Easy Marinara Sauce

This simple marinara sauce comes from Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master (Amazon link). It’s just got a few simple ingredients but if you start with good canned tomatoes, you’ll end up with a tasty marinara sauce. It’s great as is or you can add cooked meatballs to it and […]

Pureed Parsnips

In my continuing quest to experiment with more seasonal vegetables, I picked up some parsnips and turnips at the market this weekend. I have used both in winter vegetable soups. I typically use turnips in my Cornish pasties and have roasted both with various other vegetables fairly often but had not cooked them on their […]