Archive for June, 2010

Spring Lettuces and Herbs with Oranges and Pistachios

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Spring Lettuces and Herbs with Oranges and Pistachios

Spring Lettuces and Herbs with Oranges and Pistachios

I love the combination of flavors in this salad.  The fragrant basil and dill are excellent with the sweet tang of the orange.  The pistachios add a salty, savory note.  And of course, the spring lettuces as the main ingredient make the whole dish light and refreshing.  Utilizing citrus zest and juice in the dressing adds additional bright, tangy and sweet flavors to the salad.
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Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare Tavern

Open just a week, one of San Francisco’s newest restaurants, Wayfare Tavern, has already received a lot of attention.  Not surprising considering the chef is none other than celebrity chef and Food Network star, Chef Tyler Florence. We were lucky to get a reservation for Friday night and let me tell you, the entire restaurant experience lived up to all the excitement.
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Cauliflower Steaks

Monday, June 28th, 2010
Cauliflower Steak-Roasted

Cauliflower Steak-Roasted

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, roasting caramelizes vegetables and brings out the natural sweetness.  Here’s a variation using the same cooking technique, but different prepping technique, I discovered it in Alice Water’s cookbook The Art of Simple Food.  A whole head of cauliflower is cut in slices from top to bottom to form cauliflower steaks.  It’s a more elegant way to serve roasted cauliflower and it’s delicious.  I could not stop eating it.  Try serving a couple of cauliflower steaks per person, with quinoa and braised kale or chard to make a complete dinner.
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Frappe Latte at Home

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Frappe Latte

Frappe Latte

Save money and make your own cold coffee blended drinks at home. It’s easy, and also quick, especially if you already have cold coffee concentrate brewed up and waiting for you in the refrigerator.

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Cedar Planked Salmon

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Cedar Planked Salmon

Cedar Planked Salmon

We’ve been grilling a lot of salmon on cedar planks this year.  The plank gives the salmon such a wonderful flavor and it’s quick, easy, and healthy.
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