Reflection: Surviving the Swim

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I’ve wanted to complete a triathlon for a long time now.  I was actually training for one back when I lived in Boston, but we moved out to Berkeley about a month before the race date.  Training fell by the wayside with adjustments to a new job, apartment, and city.  Running is just easier than biking or swimming from a logistics perspective.  Put on your shoes, and run out your front door without any real worries about routes or flat tires or finding a pool or what time lap swim happens to be. Completing a triathlon has been a goal … Continue reading

Asparagus and Mushroom Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions

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When I was young, without fail, whenever my mom would ask what we wanted for dinner, my sister and I would chorus “tacos!”  Taco night was our favorite.  There was something about the self-assembly part of taco night that made it extra special.  I usually loaded mine up with extra cheese, only adding lettuce or tomato if strongly encouraged. I still love taco night, but these days vegetables play a starring role instead of being a simple afterthought.  I have written about taco night before, as it’s a favorite in our house.  While I love these zucchini and potato tacos, … Continue reading

Blueberry and Cheddar Cereal Bowl

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Some would argue that Northern California has no seasons.  In my part of Berkeley it is 67 degrees nearly every day with just a few degrees leeway in each direction.  Somehow, my body still senses the seasons, and oatmeal and wheatberry breakfast bowls give way to green juice and smoothies.  J introduced me to this breakfast the first summer we were dating.  I, always quick to jump on any excuse to eat cheese first thing in the morning, quickly added it to my summer rotation.  It reminds him of the summers he spent in Rhode Island with his family.  I … Continue reading

Cannoli Ice Cream Cones

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When I saw these cannoli ice cream cones on Emily’s blog last week, I quickly bookmarked them.  They were cute, but also seemed like they’d be easy to put together while still looking impressive. I heated up 1/3 cup of this chocolate & sea salt caramel sauce in a small saucepan.  You could just as easily use hot fudge or caramel sauce.  Honestly, I just wanted an excuse to have this in the house.  I pulled the chocolate caramel sauce off the heat when it was warm and moved easily when I tilted the pan.  I dipped each cone briefly … Continue reading

Adonia Greek Frozen Yogurt Giveaway!

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It’s time for a new blog mile stone: the first giveaway!  I’ve never hosted a giveaway here on the blog before.  Mostly when I get product pitches, they are for products I wouldn’t use myself, so I decline them.  When I was first contacted by the Ciao Bella team, though, I was thrilled.  I may have done a happy dance at my desk.  I’ve been buying Ciao Bella gelato for myself for years.  The blackberry cabernet and the key lime graham are two of my personal favorite flavors. Their gelato and sorbet is flavorful and intense while still having a … Continue reading

Polenta Crackers

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I have a Pinterest board called “kitchen projects” where I save more in depth culinary experiments that I want to try.  In the past I’ve had good luck with a variety of projects, which is how I’m characterizing recipes that require a little more time or technique than is usually available on a busy weeknight.  Some of my favorite kitchen projects include homemade paneer, corn tortillas, and homemade noodles for this shiitake mushroom soup.  I’ve had a couple of cracker recipes saved for a while, and I finally decided to bite the bullet and see how hard cracker making could … Continue reading

Grilled Vegetables over Polenta

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Last night the ladies took over the grill.  By which I mean my neighbor did all the heavy lifting and fire wielding tasks, and I chopped some veggies.  We wrapped them up in tortillas, topped with feta and avocado, for grilled veggie tacos.  In the winter, I’ll usually make a big batch of roasted veggies on the weekend.  Butternut squash, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts are the usual suspects.  These grilled vegetables must be their summer counterparts. These leftover grilled vegetables can be re-invented in so many ways.  Tonight I had them over polenta (cooked in roasted vegetable stock) with goat … Continue reading

Grandma’s Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie

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My grandmother passed away yesterday morning.  She was in her nineties and had the privilege of being entirely herself right up until the end.  She outlived every expectation of her doctors (stubborn to the end!) and got to die at home surrounded by family.  We should all be so lucky. Grandma was a smart cookie.  I got such joy out of telling Grandma stories.  “My ninety year old Grandma has gmail, and she gchats and reads my blog!” was a sentence I often uttered.  I’ve met many wonderful people thanks to this blog, but I’m extra grateful for how the … Continue reading

Buffalo Tofu, Goat Cheese and Asparagus Sandwich

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Several days ago I saw this post by (never)homemaker of an Asparagus and Tofu Sandwich.  It looked simple, and since I’m currently having a love affair with buffalo sauce I thought buffalo tofu would go perfectly with their other sandwich ingredients.  Before J became vegetarian, buffalo chicken tenders were one of his favorite things.  Without fail, if they were on a menu, we’d be ordering them.  I had nearly no spice tolerance, and sometimes the dish would arrive at the table, and I swore I would tear up just smelling it.  I never understood why you’d want to eat something … Continue reading