Category Archives: General Chatter

Dear Disa

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Dear Disa – I’m writing to you because you are a very experienced jam maker. I can count on you for sage advice and honesty which you will give freely because you know that as my oldest friend – we aren’t going anywhere – no matter what you say to me. I need your input and I need your truth - the truth - and your advice. Here we go. . .. Have you ever used pectin? What about the kind you make yourself from apples? Is it sacrilege? A bad idea? Unnecessary? The reason I’m asking is because I made strawberry jam last week and it was just fine – delicious in fact – but sugary. I wanted to make some low-sugar strawberry jam so I bought more berries (no need to comment on the fact that I had to purchase the strawberries . . . I...

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Jim Dixon

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Do any of you know who Jim Dixon is? Not the Jim Dixon who arrived in Sydney as a convict in 1800 – given his freedom in 1803 - who became the first priest to say mass in the colony of New South Wales. Not that one. Jim Dixon of Real Good Food. Realgoodfood.com, from Portland, Oregon. Gem. Gem. Gem. A Portland institution I understand. I don’t know him but I know he’s a gem of a guy and I am now subscribed to his blog thanks to my big brother Eric. I love Jim. Honestly he is too much. He makes and sells imported olive oil, vinegars, beans and a couple other things but not much more - and he is a hoot and a half. You have to check out his blog and get his email. He’s just so good you want to devour him....

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Mariquita Farm Inspired….

Monday, 25 February 2013

The genius Danish brewer Niels Thomsen (wintercoat.dk) aka Euro-man and his wife Disa Fink (my oldest friend in the world, who I met on our first day of Kindergarten) were in town visiting Disa’s parents. We decided that we needed to take a road trip together for a couple of reasons (actually we planned it before they came in to town) to see Julia Wiley and Mariquita Farm in Watsonville and then drive down through the Big Sur Coast and home. We started on Friday, February 15th with our first stop, Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was a gorgeous, warm day and we took this photo of the four of us in town. We piled into the car and headed on down the road with Disa DJ’ing. Our next stop was in Paso Robles where we had dinner...

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Just a Few Thoughts for a Thursday…

Thursday, 21 June 2012

I had popcorn for dinner last night. Butter, salt, paprika. There’s not much better. It’s kind of special popcorn – Rancho Gordo – of course - ‘Premium Crimson’ – pops up white as can be – lovely to decorate with a little salt and the red powder. Gosh I just love this stuff. Doesn’t it look good? Also, I want to do a plug for this groovy little magazine that gets delivered every month or whenever it shows up actually – a gift from my mother-in-law Ellie Seltzer who lives in Florida. The magazine is Vegetarian Times and I’m telling you – it has some of the best recipes I have ever made. I Just finished reading the “Summer Harvest Special” and I’ve got my work cut out for me…. From BBQ pizza to...

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On Cinco de Mayo I Made Mexican Food – of Course

Saturday, 05 May 2012

Pork Chile Verde with luscious, beautiful tomatillos; Tortilla Soup (both vegetarian and meat-eaters with chicken); Salad; Frijoles; Chips and Guacamole and Guacachile; and Mexican-Chocolate Flourless Cake served with Orange Granite (from the oranges on our tree). It was really May 6th but in honor of May 5th which apparently is of little significance in most part of Mexico but is significant in America. The holiday is a celebration of Mexican pride in the U.S. and is apparently also celebrated in Puebla, Mexico.  Called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla) commemorating the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio...

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Hello!

Thursday, 01 March 2012

Hello! Hello!  This is my blog.  It’s a food blog – mostly... maybe some other things now and then too but mostly food related I think.  The inspiration for this blog came from several sources which I will tell you about. First and foremost my inspiration for this blog is that I love to cook and I love to take photographs.  I love to feed my family and my friends.  I love reading recipes, making them, changing them, and I love sharing recipes (I don’t often make up my own completely new recipes – it seems like it’s almost always a riff on someone else’s).  I love my garden (which is currently full of fava beans and young tomatoes) and my herb garden (with edible flowers) that I just moved from the front to the back...

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