Paper Chef #11 Nominations open…

It is time to kick off the 11th installment of the Paper Chef. I am getting rather overloaded lately so I am taking up Stephen’s offer to host as well as judge this time around. I’ll kick it off by putting up the current ingredient list here, but he will...

An indian feast.

It’s no secret that I’m fond of Indian food and that my family is too. As with everything I have my favorites and perhaps the single most favorite dish is from the inimitable Madhur Jaffrey. It is to be found in her wonderful book, “Quick and Easy...

Cuisine Rapide

I’m stealing the title for this post from Pierre Franey, one of my all time favorite cookbook chefs. He really gets what it takes to make a meal at home for dinner several nights a week in contrast to so many cookbook chefs who seem to think I have three hours a...

What I did with the produce…

I haven’t used it all yet. I test roasted some of the peanuts – they take a LOT of roasting in the shell. But the kids liked them. I made some spicy pesto using one bunch of basil, a head of garlic, an ancho chile, olive oil, parmesan reggiano,...

Today at the Farmers Market

I think I’m going to be a regular at the Oakland Farmer’s Market. I got two pounds of a mysterious asian green that tastes a lot like sorrel. I got six large fresh lemongrass stalks. I got two pounds of fresh basil and a pound of fresh thai basil. I got a...