Monthly Archives: March 2010

Cori’s Guacamole

“Cori,” I called the other night through a mouth full of chips and guacamole, “we’re going on a diet this summer.” “Um, ok,” came the skeptical reply. (I’m not really the dieting type.) “An all-guacamole, all-the-time diet,” I finished. “Ok!” Cori said happily. (She’s not really the dieting type either.) Cary and I first had […]

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

It’s asparagus time here in California. Farmer’s markets and Whole Foods stores stock up on the dusky green bundles, with a few white ones or purple ones thrown in for good measure. Asparagus is great roasted or sauteed with ricotta gnocchi or tossed into a chowder, but what about a soup that showcases asparagus on […]

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Fat Pony Cake

Some occasions just require a fat pony cake. Like when a pony-loving friend gallivants off to Europe for three months and you have a going-away party for her. Clearly, a normal cake won’t do in this instance. So instead, Cori and I baked two 9-inch chocolate cakes, cut out the shape of a fat pony, […]

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Kale and Pancetta Barley Risotto

Looking for something other than corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day this year? Try this Barley Risotto I cooked up for the Los Altos Town Crier last year. St. Patrick‚Äôs Day is a cause for revelry throughout the nation. People without a single drop of Irish blood love the excuse to wear green, […]

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Ricotta Gnocchi with Spring Vegetables

I’ve never made potato gnocchi. But ricotta gnocchi, sweet potato gnocchi, and butternut squash gnocchi are delicious. (I’m trying to see how many different kinds of gnocchi I can make before caving and making potato ones – you know, real gnocchi – just to be difficult.) Rather than requiring precooking and ricing and other annoying […]

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