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Kimberly Nichols
The Kitchen
An avid chef and advocate of local and organic food.
Interests: Trying new recipes, reading cookbooks, wine tasting, feeding people!
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I found some beautiful, round zucchini squash at the farm market last week. They seemed so...stuffable, really, so that's what I did. I found this recipe and used it as a guide. I made a filling of Italian sausage, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and spinach and stuffed all the little squashes.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Kim's Culinary Diary
We had tacos on a fairly regular basis when I was a kid. All brought to us by Ortega. Later on, we graduated to making taco salads, using the Ortega seasoning packets. I still love a taco night at home. Instead of buying the sodium-loaded seasoning packets, I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I just made the marinade for the pork tenderloin for this Vietnamese sandwich, Banh Mi. The recipe is here. In my small food chopper went fish sauce, garlic, honey, sugar, black pepper, and some scallions. It's a lazy Saturday, so instead of slicing the pork, I threw the whole tenderloin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Kim's Culinary Diary
Thursdays are my favorite Ferry Building market day. The pace is nice and slow, the crowds are manageable, and the food stalls are aplenty. Here are today's treasures. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I have a rotisserie chicken and andouille sausage in the fridge, so I'm trying this recipe tonight for dinner from Martha Stewart's site: Half-Hour Chicken Gumbo Here's a quick peek as it simmers on low. Both the gumbo and I are waiting for G to get home. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I took the J Muni line to Noe Valley this week. Destination: Omnivore Books. A store dedicated solely to cookbooks. A dream come true, really. Cookbook author and former Bay Area inhabitant David Lebovitz was scheduled to visit the bookstore for an autograph signing. I wanted to get my copy... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Kim's Culinary Diary
Living in Ann Arbor for ten years, working at Zingerman's, led me to find star scratch bakeries all over the country. Tartine has been on my must see, must taste list for years. The first Tartine cookbook was published in 2006, the year G and I married and honeymooned in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I woke up Sunday morning, looked around me, and yes, I was in an apartment in San Francisco. I woke up Monday morning, same thing. Day One consisted of unloading six checked items and two carry-ons into our new place. The concierge told us how to get to the City... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at KimbytheBay
I should be packing but I am enjoying the quiet time I have right now. Just me in our house, music playing, thinking about this huge move we're making. G and I leave on Saturday for our new life in San Francisco. The last few months have been realtors and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at KimbytheBay
Asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper headed for the grill this week. I threw in a plum tomato as well for G. Our first grilling of 2013! Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
My first choice for trying a recipe from Fresh Every Day was an easy one. I thought having some fridge pickles would be a tiny harbinger of spring whenever I opened my fridge. I even had a mason jar I could use to store the crunchy go-to snack. These pickles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
In my constant work in cookbook discovering, I always keep an eye out for Southern cooks and authors. I spent some happy years in Nashville in the nineties and have been under the spell of Southern food ever since. I found Sara Foster and Foster's Market a couple of years... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I'm a sucker for a roast chicken recipe. At least two Sundays each month there is a chicken in my oven. Because, God forbid, I make the same roast chicken twice in a row, I was happy to see this flavorful roast chicken recipe in Michael Symon's Carnivore. I also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I admit it. I have a thing for Michael Symon. No, not like that. He's a hometown boy! We both hail from Cleveland, Ohio which is now something of a Midwest food destination. I never would have predicted that as a kid. I think Lake Erie perch and homemade pierogis... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
Oh, we weren't? Sorry, I kind of always am. Take a look at this baby. On a recent Vegas getaway, I found this at Stripburger. The Mexican burger...chipotle mayo, pickled red onions, cotija cheese, cilantro, and roasted jalapeno. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
It's dull, dreary February, the time when I think winter will last forever. G and I are trying to eat healthily during the week so it's dinner reruns. Poultry, salads, fish, salads, vegetables, salads. I try to devote Sunday afternoons to cook and prep for the upcoming week. I roast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I'm about done with my 60-day new girl status at Zingerman's Bakehouse. Getting a job there, being able to answer the question, "So what do you do?" with "Oh, I work at Zingerman's," was a huge goal of mine. I work in the savory kitchen where we make sandwiches, salads,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Kim's Culinary Diary
Celebrate! Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at Kim's Culinary Diary
One of my new fave food sites,, has a great post about kale salad. We've put kale salad on the menu quite a bit this year at Harvest Kitchen. I love it! Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 2, 2012 at Kim's Culinary Diary
Fruit, fruit, fruit! Summer fruit is everywhere, and I have a countertop strewn with plums, peaches, and nectarines to prove it. I snack on it constantly, all day long helping myself to whatever is the ripest and most alluring at the moment. A juicy apricot here, some raspberries there. When... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 1, 2012 at Kim's Culinary Diary
Made this weeks ago but still dreaming about it. Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Kim's Culinary Diary
G and I went to Erie, PA this past weekend for a family wedding. We had a couple of hours in between the ceremony and the reception so we packed a small picnic spread for ourselves. A snack of speck (smoked prosciutto, a recent discovery of deliciousness), Boursin cheese, farm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Kim's Culinary Diary
Recently, I enjoyed one heckuva great girls' weekend in Nashville. I visited my lifelong friend, Cheryl, who is a superwoman in the kitchen. By the end of the weekend, I think we had shopped at eight different grocery stores. Cheryl picked me up at the airport and greeted me with... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Kim's Culinary Diary
I discovered these little cakes for the first time in April for French Fridays with Dorie, the online cooking club that makes one recipe a week from Dorie Greenspan's fantastic Around My French Table cookbook. In France, these cakes (often mistaken for pastry) are called financiers. They are traditionally rectangular... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at Kim's Culinary Diary