Monthly Archives: August 2012

Family BBQ

Wednesday, 08 August 2012

My big brother Eric is in town from Portland, Oregon – with his wife Annie and two of his three children. Also, my other brother-from-another-mother (my brother’s BFF), Danny is in town from Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his daughter. The cousins are all about the same age as Alex and as far as I’m concerned don’t get to see each other often enough. They enjoy each other’s company and seem to really value their time together. We made a BBQ at my house. Grammy came to see this part of her family and her grandkids. A few others came as well including Annie and Eric’s niece who lives in Pasadena, my step-son Jared and his friend Ryan. I was ambitious and made a big dinner (also made Satsuma jam in the morning – what was I...

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A Pretty Thing – Satsuma Plums

Monday, 06 August 2012

My mom Ellen told me about the Satsuma Plums and the depth of their great inner beauty which seemed to elude us for jam making purposes. I wrote about that a week or so ago when I talked about making plum jam. What happened was that the man at the Farmer’s Market in Culver City was out of the Satsuma’s that he had promised us. It was a big disappointment but we found some other pesticide–free, red-inside plums and jammed with those – my mom included. Well this past Saturday morning, my neighbor Sue Kaplan showed up with 10-lbs of Satsuma plums which she claimed were ‘pesticide free.’ She didn’t look me in the eye when she said it so I’m not sure it was true but I decided to go with it. If it was deception, so be it. Sue...

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The Perfect Snack

Sunday, 05 August 2012

Granola bars are one of my family’s favorite foods (nice illiteration eh?). I have perused more granola bar recipes than I can count at this point. I have also experimented quite a bit and have pulled together a recipe that is an amalgamation of a few that are my favorites. My recipe is probably closest to the recipe for “thick, chewy granola bars” from smittenkitchen.com which was adapted from the recipe from King Arthur Flour – it’s a great, versatile recipe. I make these delicious bars, cut them, wrap in brown parchment paper, and freeze in big baggies. Alan and I take them on our bike rides. I take them when I hike (I keep trying to get my friend Suzanne to eat one but she’s never hungry....) Alex takes them when...

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Jalapeno Escabeche

Friday, 03 August 2012

I was flipping through my new Vegetarian Times magazine (vegetariantimes.com) July/August 2012 edition, and I found a recipe for Jalapeno Escabeche, submitted by Karen Solomon (don’t know her but I liked her recipe). Looked too good to pass up. Also, we have about a million jalapenos on our plants on the patio just aching to be plucked and eaten. A perfectly good Tuesday night activity. I don’t know why it’s called Escabeche. I looked up the word in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escabeche) and it says that Escabeche is a Mediterranean poached or marinated fish…. Didn’t see a reference to jalapenos anywhere in the definition. Oh well…. whatever... it’s what Karen Solomon says this is called and I like the sound of...

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