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Apr. 26, 2013 11:58 am 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2013 12:46 pm
Finally! I finally got my basil plants to grow after way too much turmoil. I don't know why basil is so hard for me, but it is. While my friends plants grow like weeds, mine tended to peter out and wilt. My first several tries this year yielded plants that died because something was attacking… MORE
Basil
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Pesto Ingredients
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Pesto with pistachios
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Pasta con Pesto di Pistacchio
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Tags:  Italian
 
 
Apr. 20, 2013 11:43 am 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2013 6:21 am
Hmmmm... fresh artichokes! This week got three superb looking artichokes with the farm box and wondered just what we'd do with those babies. Had some homemade dried pappardelle left over too and thought well why not put them together with some thin sliced chicken and lemon? It would be… MORE
Chicken Scaloppini with Lemon Braised Artichokes and pappardelle
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Artichokes in braising liquid
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Pappardelle
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Apr. 19, 2013 11:04 am 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2013 7:33 am
Along with Kale, Chard is one of our most favorite vegetables to cook with. You can coax it into doing so many things the variations seem endless, especially in Italian cooking. So when this beautiful bunch of green chard showed up in our weekly farm box, I thought of a cannelloni recipe I… MORE
Green Chard Cannelloni stuffed with Chard Stalks
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Green Chard Pasta Mix
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Pasta Sheets ready for stuffing
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Apr. 18, 2013 2:03 pm 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2013 5:00 am
Recently my wife and I were in New York City and on one occasion went to visit the Italian side of the West Village. On Bleeker Street we found a cool little risotteria most appropriately called "Risotteria" that served all sorts of different combinations. My wife had a saffron risotto with… MORE
Risotto with Baby Spinach and Italian Fontina
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Risotto sofrito with spinach
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Adding stock to the risotto
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Italian Fontina
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Apr. 5, 2013 2:13 pm 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013 6:39 pm
Ok, I don't know about the best, but I like it a whole lot. How? Pan Roasting. I'm a big fan of a good tender chop but frankly most of the time what you get even in a fine restaurant is either undercooked or more typically, overcooked. I love chops on the grill (my favorite way) which I sear… MORE
Pork Chops in Pan Sauce
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Ready to brine
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Mar. 21, 2013 4:26 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2013 9:02 am
I'd rather be watchin' then cookin' tonight so I figured this is a great night for pizza. Cal (wife's alma mater) is playing UNLV and so you can bet we'll be glued to the TV. Kind of an iffy season for Cal. Didn't do well in the beginning, then it seemed they couldn't lose... except for the… MORE
The obligatory Pizza photo
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Mar. 19, 2013 5:14 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 9:18 pm
I have to admit, I just love cooking paella over an open fire or backyard charcoal grill. There's just something about it that no other cooking experience can bring, at least for me. Paella over fire is a nonstop dance of heat, oil, ingredients, the sofrito, the rice, constantly turning,… MORE
Seafood Paella
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Sofrito with Leek
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Mar. 18, 2013 1:13 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 8:51 pm
Well now, it's only mid-March but interesting stuff is showing up at the local Farmers Markets. My wife and I were totally surprised to see locally grown vine-ripened tomatoes! Yes they were dwarf tomatoes grown in the greenhouse, but wow! Picked ripe (not green) and as fresh as could be.… MORE
Smashed Tomatos with butter with Campanelle
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Mar. 18, 2013 10:51 am 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2013 10:57 am
Greeting AR friends, been awhile since I've been here. I kind of forgot about the blog scene, but it's a really cool way to record what you've done and save it for later. So the weather is definitely warming up here in the SF Bay area. Better than that, all kinds of fresh veggies are showing… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 19, 2013 1:28 pm 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 9:49 am
For my birthday last July, my son gave me a pressure cooker and frankly, I've never used one before. My Mom did, but I always thought of them (no doubt very uncorrectly) as a quick way to make a meal out of a tough piece of meat. 1970's stigma, I guess. Blockheaded'ness aside, there is an… MORE
 
 
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mbrando

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Toms River, New Jersey, USA
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Los Gatos, California, USA

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