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Heather Knape
Heather Knape lives with her family in San Francisco
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The best part of winter in California is the citrus. Every year my family and I celebrate the season by ordering a box of tarocco blood oranges from Frog Hollow Farm for sorbet. Their juice makes a delicious dessert: sweet, tart, refreshing and cold as the snow we never have, here in San Francisco. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Eating Dirt
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To celebrate the first soggy weather we've had in four years of drought, I slow cooked a pound and a half of mushrooms with coriander, black pepper, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary in an earthy, french red wine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Eating Dirt
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I never would have guessed that barley and citrus make beautiful dinner together, but they do, especially when paired with other winter superstars like arugula, walnuts, barley and chicken stock. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Eating Dirt
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You won't find much to eat here, but you can learn a lot about west coast seafood, investigate climate change and dissect a squid! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Last night was cool and tonight is colder still, winter is arriving. That means a near steady stream of kale, bok choi and tatsoi will be arriving weekly in our produce box for the rest of the season, all of which pair really well with these sticky-salty-sweet beef ribs. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Tatsoi is a gently cabbagey asian green that looks like bok choy with longer, thinner stems and smaller, rounder leaves. Bok choy is another asian green, with thick white stems and long green leaves. It is typically found in wonton soup. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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low cooker recipes are notoriously old school and packed full of things like cream of mushroom soup and other processed delicacies. So it was refreshing to find recipes for the crockpot that are made from scratch! Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Think whole grain side dishes don't taste good? Think again! Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Roasting a pork tenderloin is easier than I thought and my kids love to eat it! I managed to tweak this recipe so that it works in the oven around shuttling kids to and from soccer and swimming practices, so that we aren't eating too late on a weeknight. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Joy of Cooking Irma Rombaur - jan 3, 2013 This is the cookbook I go to for everything I feel I should know how to make but don't. Or can't remember the details of, like oven temperatures for various meats, measurements of water for different grains and cooking times for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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How To Cook Dried Beans november 10, 2014 Dried beans are ridiculously easy to cook. Here are three things I've learned in my many years of cooking beans: 1) The fresher the beans, the faster they cook - buy them from stores with a high turnover. 2) The more gentle... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Slow Cooker february 19, 2013 Slow cookers are not the most exciting things in the world, but they are very useful. I use mine most often to make chicken stock. After roasting a chicken and serving most of it for dinner, I shred the rest of the meat off the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Fall Minestrone november 9, 2015 An incredibly satisfying yet deceptively simple soup that is perfect for a cold, wet, fall day, it gets even better with a side of old school garlic bread like my mom used to make. Warms you right up! In this cookbook, Alice Waters does an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Spice Grinder november 9, 2015 Retired coffee grinders are great for spices and breadcrumbs. This one is from 1997. It works just fine, but I had to replace it when white appliances stopped being cool: my coffee grinder that I use for coffee is black. I keep this one hidden... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Hot and steamy from the oven, what's not to love about a crispy-chewy slice of bread slathered in salty butter and garlic? Old school garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment to soup on a cold, wet, day. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Jenny Rosenstratch chronicles her often hilarious adventures cooking for (and sometimes with) her husband and two daughters over sixteen years in this three part cooking memoir. Made of hearty stock, she refuses to describe family dinner as a problem, but admits that some of the challenges involved can be "soul-crushing" and "harrowing". Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Jenny Rosenstrach's Back Pocket Pasta recipe is a great way to get dinner on the table really quickly without planning ahead. I added ground pork for protein and mizuna from this week's CSA box, instead of tossing a salad. It may not be the most generous serving of vegetables we've had this week, but that's not the point. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Basic Vinaigrette august 5, 2015 A great recipe for quick salad dressing with herbs, a squeeze of lemon and a squeeze of honey, which is more than I usually give my dressing. Delicious over a salad of butter lettuce, chopped carrots, sweet peppers and tomatoes. I served this for dinner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Super fast, super delicious, what's not to love? Apparently plenty, because neither of my kids ate it. Next time I'll triple the bacon. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Part memoir, part travelogue, this cookbook celebrates Poland's rural beauty and fresh, simple cuisine. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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Is there anything more scary than serving them to your kids the day after Halloween? I like to think of cabbage rolls, or cabbage in any form, as a little something to balance out all that candy: a treat of an entirely different kind or a wicked trick, depending on how you look at it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Eating Dirt
Heather Knape is now following Kristin Simons
Oct 27, 2015
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This morning my kids both refused to eat the omelets their dad had so kindly prepared for them. So I cooked up a pot of brown rice, stuck it in the the fridge and fed them their omelets for dinner. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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This is one of two ways I can successfully cook fish inside the house. Usually, I go outside and grill it. But Jenny Rosenstrach's Royal Salmon is quick and tasty with an awesome sauce, so it has become this summer's goto for a fast-fish-dish. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Eating Dirt
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I've been feeding my kids Chicken Rice Soup for as long as they've been eating food. It is an easy double win for me: quick to make out of leftovers and they will always have a bowl. But this time I changed it up and used farro instead of rice. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Eating Dirt