Family Dinner Plan: Leftovers and last box

  From a menu planning standpoint, last week was a disaster. The menu plan was good, but our schedule was all wonky, and we ended up abandoning the entire plan by Tuesday night. We still ate well and at this point in the season, many of the vegetables in our box from Mariquita have good

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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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My Menu Plan Monday: Cantaloupe


Cantaloupe Our box from Two Small Farms CSA was full of many summer time favorites, including Sweet Corn, Zucchini and Cantaloupe. We also found Onions, Spinach, Red Beets, Strawberries and Purple Cauliflower. Here is my menu plan for the week of August 2: Sunday: Corn, sauteed spinach, grilled zucchini, grilled lamb chops Monday: Hamburgers, Corn

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Baby Shower Lunch: Menu Plan

White Bean and Tuna Salad

Homemade pickles Last weekend, I was honored to host a baby shower for a good friend, Dena. It was over 90F outside, but we managed to have a lovely lunch in the garden. The actual party was not a problem, but I found myself very worried about the games. Fortunately, Dena absolved me of this

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What’s for dinner? Agretti spaghetti

Agretti 2010 Our box this week from Two Small Farms contained Agretti, and if you remember from last year, this is one of my favorites. It is a strange vegetable, but very tasty in a salty, ocean sort of way. And again, I scored more than one bunch, so we get to have it twice

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A Plethora of Persimmon Potions: Recipes for the bounty

Last year, I promised to share more persimmon recipes, following my post about Persimmon Cookies. I have also written about Steamed Persimmon Pudding and making Hoshigaki at home. With persimmons in season again, it was time to pull out the recipes. I generally use Hachiya for breads and cookies, and enjoy Fuyu in salads. The

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