Category Archives: Recipes

The Sunday Ritual on Poppy Lane in Berkeley

Ritual is important. Uta and I no longer waste cycles thinking about where to go and what to eat on Sundays. After improving our routine over the years, we’ve settled on a well-honed standard formula. Around 11:00 am every Sunday … Continue reading

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Steamed clams and mussels

I love steamed manilla clams and mussels. They are easy to fix, healthy, and oh so tasty. Sauté minced onion and a little garlic in butter. Pour in 1/2 cup white wine. Heat until nearly boiling. Add the shellfish. Cover the … Continue reading

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Swordfish Salad

A tuna salad but — HOLD THE TUNA — if you prefer more taste of the ocean, use another fish. I grilled swordfish yesterday and decided to use the leftovers for my offering at a neighborhood potluck this evening. Simple … Continue reading

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Summertime al fresco

The weather has been beautiful this month. We’re eating most lunches on the front deck. This was delish. A leftover chicken sandwich. Two days earlier I’d cooked an oversize chicken breast Moroccan-style, with preserved lemons, ginger, garlic, onions, pepper, and … Continue reading

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Bivalves à l’absinthe

This evening Uta is helping a friend in Mill Valley who shattered her ankle while hiking on Mt. Tam a couple of days after selling her house, confining her to a wheelchair with a houseful of stuff remaining to pack. … Continue reading

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Deck lunch

We’ve been having late lunches under the blue umbrella on the deck. I usually grill fish or veggie burgers and an occasional spicy chicken sausage. I’ve grilled polenta several times — it’s tricky. Polenta sticks to the grill unless I … Continue reading

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The sauce palette

Yesterday evening my wife drove our son home to Monterey so I had the kitchen all to myself for supper. They’re both vegetarian, so in their absence I decided to saute chicken sausages. But that seemed so plain. I decided … Continue reading

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New York Times Videos

Perfect Vinaigrette, New York Times Video. Great hints on prepping the salad dressing. If you’re going to do it over and over again, might as well get it right. Artichokes

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Mussels and clams

Last night I bought a pound of mussels and a pound of Manilla clams at Monterey Fish and pigged out on shellfish. Strapped for both ingredients and time, I lost patience with recipes and resorted to vibration cooking. Mussels, ten minutes … Continue reading

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Squash

Slice a squash in two and scoop out the goop. Put the halves in a glass dish and drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and zap it in the microwave for … Continue reading

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