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Jess Eaditt
Adie and P.P. make a hot mess in the kitchen.
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Fresh Pasta Wow! So a month after the event I take the time to write about it. Figures. Anyway, about a month ago we decided to make some homemade pasta, ragu and ice cream. And then have a few people over to eat it up; with much talk of a trial run that never happened. Thankfully no major mishaps- although I started drinking wine early in the day and most likely would not have been bothered had a mishap arose. I had ragu duty, while Priscilla, who works well with flour, had the pasta all to herself. She found the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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Kriste came to visit over the past week and she brought along some frozen boudin from Don's Specialty Meats in Lafayette, Louisiana. I cooked fried chicken (along with some fried pickles for George who joined us for dinner), made chicken and sausage rice and gravy with smothered potatoes and Romano beans, and we took a weekend trip to South Lake Tahoe, where we had boudin-egg scrambles with bacon in breakfast sandwiches... twice. PORK ON PORK. It is amazing how quickly a few people can go through a 30 pack of Miller High Life and a bottle of Maker's. Ahh, old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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Happy Goat A few Saturdays ago we were up early and taking a foggy drive down the coast on Highway 1. Our destination was Harley Farms Goat Dairy to meet some goats and eat a little cheese. These goats are pretty spectacular. My last memory of a goat encounter was having baby goats attack my brother at a baby animal feeding-zoo-type thing. He had the bottle of milk, they all wanted it at the same time and they were a bit bigger him. There is still a hilarious photo of him lifting the bottle above his head, goats straining against... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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Here are some photos from the last few weeks. Corn and tomatoes have arrived and the farmer's market has okra! I fried some up last weekend -no pictures of that event but it doesn't get any better then fresh fried okra with tomatoes and cucumber on the side. Steak Fajitas with grilled corn and tomato radish salad Grilled meat Grilled corn Produce truck and blue skies Celan with a market taco Pickling cucumbers Okra Vine Tomatoes Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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We walked over to the Alemany Farmer's Market on Saturday wanting to get some cucumbers. That's all I really wanted. One farmer has the sweetest Japanese cucumbers this time of year. I take one to work to eat with my lunch everyday despite it being slightly unwieldy to be carrying a cylindrical boomerang in my lunch bag. So I purchased a bag bursting full of beautiful cucumbers ,but I couldn't stop there. The mushroom vendor had morel mushrooms for $5… and shelling peas. I never saw them selling anything but mushrooms before but I'm not complaining. Peas and Morels Beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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So... it was taking me forever to write this. And now I've decided for this post I'll just show some photos from a recent trip to Barcelona (food photos plus some) and maybe in the next week or so I can actually cook something! Fancy that. Oh and I get to eat at Chez Panisse for the first time on Thursday and I start weekly cooking classes later this month! Anyway, here are some photos from a wonderful trip. Thanks to Peter for being our gracious host and tour guide. This is one of the cured meat vendors at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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Disclaimer: I do not eat and drink this much in my non-vacationing life. But... for this one week of vacation, it was on. The following is basically a detailed list of all I ate and drank while in Louisiana. We headed to the airport at about 10 p.m., had a whiskey at the bar (the waiter sweetly suggested that we could get a double for $2 more and how could we resist), ingested the necessary medications and caught an overnight flight into New Orleans with a brief layover in Houston. Mom picked us up at the airport and then we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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Mar 16, 2010
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Boeuf Bourguignon- (I know about the flash problem- I was too lazy to search for the flash manual so this is what I was left with!) This was another damn good, buttery, bacony, melt in your mouth delicious recipe from The French Chef Cookbook. If you have four hours to spend cooking and you have some beef stew meat, a few slabs of bacon and a bottle of red wine on hand, you should give this a whirl. I made this from the recipe on page 272 of the French Chef, mixed with the recipe on page 315 of Mastering... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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I grew up eating this meal once a week at least. It was one of my favorites. In the summer we would have it with sides of green beans, okra, freshly cut tomato and cucumber, with cantaloupe for dessert. In the winter my mom would get all carb on carb and make smothered potatoes, with some type of bean that had been harvested and frozen from earlier in the year. Almost every meal had rice. I am sure not a day went by when my grandfather did not eat rice. He had to have rice. And he worked at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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Before I made this soup, I was not a fan of Borscht. You could almost say I had a distinctly unfavorable opinion of it, like the word borscht made me feel a belly ache. I had only eaten it once before and it was not a pleasurable experience. But... I had all the ingredients and a recipe so I figured I should give it a go. It is also dead simple to make. The fact that it is was a gorgeous, sunny, summer-like day didn't contribute to a borscht weather feeling, but that was fine, at least I had some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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If you have all day and then some and you want to turn much meat into a yummy meaty broth, this is the soup for you. It came out quite delicious tasting but it took a whole Sunday. For some reason I woke up nauseous that morning and the smell of chicken and pork bones simmering on the stove for hours somehow didn't help the queasiness, go figure. Before I ate, I primed the pump with a little beer and whiskey and the soup went down just fine. Roasted pork bones The recipe I used is straight out of Momofuku... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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I decided it was time to cook some lima beans and there were collard greens calling to me and then fried chicken seemed to be the only thing that would work. The boss was off to France for the holidays so it was work work work for me- like on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and I was feeling run down with the end of the year. I think I cooked this a few days after Christmas. We purchased some Rancho Gordo www.RanchoGordo.com Christmas Limas from the market a few weekends ago and if you can't tell from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at Jess Eaditt
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Another rainy day at the beginning of what I hope is not a completely rainy week. I had a bumpy start to last week with locking my keys in the car on Sunday. Monday my co-worker happened to look out the window and we saw a man walk up to my parked car and scratch it. Three of us have had our vehicles scratched and this was the fifth or sixth time mine was scratched. This gentleman lives in a yellow house behind our parking lot and thinks that where we park "blocks" his driveway, even though it clearly does... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at Jess Eaditt
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We went over to Mazey and Alessandra's house Friday before last for some Arroz con Pollo that was incredible. I ate so much I thought I would burst and could only manage one bite of the very delicious flan that was to follow. Alessandra promised to email me the recipe but sadly I am still without it... hint, hint! They are on their way back to New Mexico right now and I am sad that they are gone but very happy I got to eat that amazing meal with them. We left with a bag filled with last of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at Jess Eaditt
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This was a warming soup that I cooked up last Sunday. It was an unusually cold day that ended in a hailstorm easing off into a rain that has not let up all week. We went early to the Alameda Antique Faire http://www.antiquesbybay.com/ and what an adventure that was. Had to make two trips there and back for all the goodies we bought (like a glass front cabinet, a red leather rocker with footstool, a chest of drawers with side table, prints of birds, a frickin' moose lamp, two candlesticks, a red glass swag lamp and a "lovely" R-rated painting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at Jess Eaditt
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What a beautiful weekend that was! Now it's sweater weather, finally. We were getting a glut of greens from the box and I thought Saturday morning when I woke up to rain it would be a perfect day for gumbo des herbes. But after getting back into bed and reading for a few hours, the sun was out and it was gorgeous. So no more gumbo weather and I had to go for a bike ride. A very long bike ride that went through Golden Gate park, along Ocean Beach (where there were so many lovely surfers it was unreal),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at Jess Eaditt
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It's been awhile. Stomach trouble, computer trouble, sheer laziness. What can I say? The stomach feels better, a new computer is on the way and I'll stop being lazy for a moment. The summer weather continues despite all indications that it should be autumn. The leaves have changed color and fallen but it's still warm most days, like really warm. Jason visited for a week and there wasn't much cooking because he had to eat El Farolito every meal. I made a pasta carbonara and that was about it. And we missed the vegetable box that week because we were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2009 at Jess Eaditt
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It's okra this week, if you haven't already guessed. Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) has origins in West Africa and several varieties are grown, ranging in color from bright green to red burgundy. It is a beautiful plant with yellow hibiscus-like flowers. Yes, I used crayons. We scored by buying two pounds for $2 at the Alemany Market last weekend. People associate okra with an unappetizing mucilaginous texture, but this can easily be cooked off and it is not an issue when frying okra, which is what I did with it this week. In my young years, even I had an aversion... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2009 at Jess Eaditt
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There was actually a fair amount of cooking this week: fresh tomato and basil soup, cold soba noodles with grilled pork chops and dipping sauce (the chopsticks were quickly abandoned due to hand cramps), grilled shrimp tacos with black beans and cortido, and last night Mazey and Ali came over for roasted chicken with a medley of roasted purple, red and fingerling potatoes and roasted green beans, bell pepper and onion- oh did I say I roasted everything? But I didn't take pictures of a thing all week, except for an unsuccessful attempt at using my phone to capture a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2009 at Jess Eaditt
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The drink of choice for the Vikings and the Pilgrims, it's hard to go wrong with fermented beverages. The beer kit was languishing in the magic room, so we dusted it off and headed over to Brewcraft (www.sanfranciscobrewcraft.com) for a recipe and the necessary ingredients. Inside the store, Griz holds court from his Lazy Boy recliner in the back. Long white hair and beard, clad in overalls, he is the Brewmaster. He gave us a recipe for Lawnmover Ale (something you would drink cold from the refrigerator after a hot day mowing the lawn) after I asked for something akin... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2009 at Jess Eaditt