80th Birthday Party Menu: End-of-Summer BBQ

With the end of summer, we hosted a BBQ dinner to celebrate Pat’s 80th birthday. Another great backyard party, with the help this time of my brother and sister-in-law. I served roasted leg of lamb (from Sierra Farms Lamb); Grilled chicken; Farro salad with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes; Savory tomato bread pudding; Green pea, bacon

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Spring dinner party (recipes)

Recently, we hosted a dinner party and served a lovely (IMHO) variety of spring foods, including spring lamb stew with baby artichokes, Bibb lettuce and parsley salad with anchovy dressing, both after a white bean and sautéed greens crostini appetizer. For dessert, I served a tray of local cheeses including a very ripe Mt. Tam

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Italian Cooking Class (recipes and photos)

Last month, we learned to cook pasta the Italian way, at a cooking party to benefit our school. Our hostesses, Lucia and Susanna, from La Bottega in Menlo Park, created a thoughtful menu highlighting three pasta dishes from the north, center and south of Italy – Linguine al Pesto, Bucatini Casio e Pepe, and Caserecce

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Sunday Supper: Easy Cassoulet with beans and duck confit

Cassoulet does not need to be difficult to taste great. Starting with a recipe from Tante Marie’s Cooking School Cookbook, I have developed a Cassoulet recipe that I dare say, is easy! Mind you, it will take a while, good things always do, but if you go slowly, don’t rush the recipe and give yourself

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Dinner Party: New New Mexican Fiesta

EnchiladasMy husband grew up in Los Alamos, NM, so when we host dinner parties, we often go straight to New Mexican fare, as it lends itself well to groups and gives my husband a chance to shine in the kitchen. Over the years, our menu has evolved and we have put a California/Tex-Mex spin to

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