Archive for August, 2010

Oven Thermometer

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Oven Thermometer

Oven Thermometer

Oven temperatures are rarely accurate.  If you’ve ever wondered why your cookies burned even though you followed the recipe exactly, or a roast took much longer than a recipe suggested, it’s most likely your oven temperature is not what it says.  When my oven beeps to say it is preheated, it’s not.   (more…)

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The Splendid Tables How to Eat Supper

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper

A couple years ago I received The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper, by Lynn Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift, as a Christmas gift.  I enjoy the weekly podcast The Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and so I had my eye on this book.  And I love it.  (more…)

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Pasta Carbonara

Sunday, August 29th, 2010
Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara is a classic, hearty pasta dish.  The dish utilizes refrigerator staples, so it’s great dish to make when your fresh ingredients are running low or out.  I love making this dish on a cool evening (it’s almost always a cool evening in San Francisco).  This is a great comfort food.
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Melon Yogurt Cold Soup

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Melon Yogurt Cold Soup

Melon Yogurt Cold Soup

Here’s a simple, quick, and refreshing summer soup.  Just blend up some orange melon, plain yogurt, and basil.  Serve it with the Prosciutto, Fig,  and Cheese Sandwich.

Prep Time: 10 minutes active, 2 hours chilling time

Serves: 2

Ingredients

½ a large musk melon (or cantelope), cut into medium chunks

1 cup of plain, lowfat yogurt (Greek yogurt if you wish for a thicker soup)

¼ cup of fresh basil, (a few leaves reserved for garnish)

A tiny pinch of kosher salt

Equipment

Blender

Process

Place 1 cup of plain, lowfat yogurt in the blender.  Add in the ¼ cup of fresh basil leaves, torn up (reserve about 4 leaves for garnishing the soup).  Add in the melon chunks and the pinch of salt.  Blend until smooth.

If your melon was previously cut-up and chilled you can serve the soup right away.  Otherwise, let the soup chill for a couple hours in the refrigerator to get it nice, cold, and refreshing.

To serve the soup divide it into two bowls.  Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and top with a couple basil leaves.

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Nectarine, Greens, and Fontina Cheese Sandwich

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Nectarine, Greens, and Fontina Cheese Sandwich

Nectarine, Greens, and Fontina Cheese Sandwich

Here’s another great summer sandwich.  The nectarine paired with the buttery Fontina cheese is divine.  Most grocery stores carry Fontina cheese, but if you cannot find it you could use the more common Provolone cheese.  Since you are heating it to melt the cheese make sure your nectarine is ripe but still firm.  If the nectarine is too ripe it will get mushy when heated.
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