Archive for October, 2009

Kitchen Confidential

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Yesterday’s prep work went very well. Sean, Kerri, Robert, and I beavered away, finishing the peppers, biscotti, flatbread, stock and beans. Amie brought by an enormous harvest from the farm, leading me to consider adding a bonus menu item. Here’s Sean, chopping very spicy chilis. We got to wear jackets and look very professional. This […]

Dishing and plowing

Friday, October 16th, 2009

First, Sunset maagzine came out to the farm a little while ago, and posted about it in their gardening blog. Second, I went to a SubCulture Dining event last night. (WARNING: site plays music!) Ordinarily, the hipper-than-though vibe (evinced by that annoying website, and the s00per-seekrit instructions) would have put me off completely, but this […]


Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Time marches on. Despite the flood of local produce that has swept over my kitchen, Thursday comes and again and brings with it another CSA box from Live Earth Farm. I tried to do a slightly better job of food styling today. Can you tell? Starting with the bags up top, we have: green beans, […]

A peck of pickled pears

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Well, really it’s a passel of poached pears, since I can’t think of a word for “80” that starts with P. I spent a couple hours in the kitchen at Eulipia yesterday afternoon, peeling and poaching the pears that have been sitting in the walk-in cooler since we picked them back in, what? August? And, […]


Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

This evening, I went to a public meeting in Alviso, about a proposal to modify the Educational Center that the Santa Clara Valley Water District has promised to build there. The original proposal called for a dedicated structure, bathrooms and landscaping on Gold Street, which happens to be just next to property owned by the […]

Urban Winery

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Coterie Cellars very generously donated a case of wine for the Bounty of Heart’s Delight dinner this Saturday, and last night I went over to pick it up. As they say on their website, By creating a new generation of winemakers dedicated to producing great wines within the communities in which they live, the Urban […]


Monday, October 12th, 2009

In between everything else on Thursday, I blitzed through all of my accumulated apples to make an apple pie to take up to Calistoga. Using my wonderful peeler-corer, slicer, I soon had a huge bowl of sliced apples, which macerated in lemon juice and sugar overnight, before combining with two boxes of puff pastry for […]

A Grand Day Out

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

I drive up Highway 1 to Año Nuevo at least once a month, and there are lots of meaningful landmarks which I usually pass at speed. So this past Thursday, since I was driving up to Pescadero to pick up beans for the fundraiser dinner, I decided to take it easy and photograph the sights […]


Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Yesterday morning, I bought new clippers, got in my car and drove the lengths of Highways 680 and 12, and much of Highway 29, ending up at the vineyard of Heather’s father and stepmother, Frank and Inger. Their place is just south of Calistoga, in the middle of the Napa Valley, in fact, bordered on […]


Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I did enough food-related things today for three posts, but I have had enough trouble with daily inspiration that I’m going to parcel them out. But a second post today is necessary for the Thursday CSA report. Here we have (clockwise from bottom left) basil, dandelions, arugula, spinach, nappa cabbage. Greens, greens, greens! If I […]

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