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On Vegetarianism

My 13-yo daughter wrote the following speech to give to her 8th grade English class.  While I continue to eat (guiltily) eat meat, I am extremely proud of her. In 2014, 30,170 innocent cows were brutally murdered in slaughterhouses, for YOU to eat your steak, hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. 8,666,662 little chickens were slaughtered for your […]

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A mess of a Frico

This week I’m cooking Friulian food, which meant that I had to make a Frico.  As I read in a blog (which I can’t find now), “frico” is what you made in the dead of winter, when nothing was growing and all you had was old cheese and old potatoes.  At its simplest, frico is […]

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This season Top Chef Just Desserts features an Argentinian pasty chef.  Nelson Paz is a native of Buenos Aires and a graduate of the Argentine Institute of Gastronomy.  He’s currently pastry chef at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Boston. So, needless to say, I’m going to root for Nelson this season.  So far my impressions […]

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On Kids and Meat.

”What’s for dinner,” asks my 6-year old daughter Camila. “Pork chops” I answer. “What animal do they came from?”. Surely she knows, I’m not the greatest fan of pork but Camila and I both love pork ribs and bacon. “Pig,” I say. The tears start to come out. “We can’t have pig, they are nice […]

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A few cooking thoughts

-I used to find garlic very difficult to peel, the peel would stuck to the cloves and I had to scratch it out sometimes. Now, I cut each end of the clove and the peel comes right out. Have I changed my technique or has garlic changed in the last decade? -I find that Martinis […]

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My kitchen timer

I have owned several kitchen timers over my 20+ years cooking, but none have lasted very long. Now this may be because invariably I’ve bought the cheap kind, or it may be because timers today are not made that well. For the last couple of years, though, I’ve been using my grandmothers old Magic Chef […]

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Xmas Cooking Gifts

Every year I put a bunch of cooking stuff in my Xmas list – and this year Santa (aka my friends/family) have obliged. My friend Lola got me a copy of the Bouchon cookbook – which I’ve wanted for a long time. I’ve never been to Bouchon (one of the restaurants of acclaimed chef Thomas […]

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Brisket

I don’t know why it’s so hard to find brisket in this part of the Bay Area – or even find out if it’s available. It’s Hanukkah, brisket is traditionally made for Hanukkah, you’d think stores would understand that, but noooo. The Safeways in San Leandro don’t carry it, the Lucky’s in San Leandro & […]

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How to catch fruit flies

For the last few days we’ve been having fruit flies pestering us. First they were after some fruit, then after some strawberry jam, and then after whatever they could find. Annoying. Last night I unwittingly left out an opened bottle of Charles Shaw Sauvignon Blanc and woke up this morning to a fruit-fly-free kitchen. It […]

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Buying meat from trucks

Yesterday, a guy came to my door with some story about delivering meat somewhere and being left with a lot of stock on his truck (all sorts of things) that he was selling for cheap. He, of course, offered to sell me some – I, of course, declined. Why, I can only wonder, would anyone […]

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