A Pasta for All Seasons- Spring (Tomato, Arugula & Bacon)

I love noodles.   Who doesn’t?  A plate of  gooey Mac and cheese (Kraft), spaghetti-o’s or Mom’s lasagne could be found on our table as often as a steaming bowl of won ton noodles or plate of chow mein. Today, living in the Bay Area, my noodle choices seem infinite;  shoyu ramen or Vietnamese pho, pad thai or chop…

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Back by Popular Demand, Jamie!

Hi again! It’s me, Jamie, the favorite child.  Because my last blog post was such a hit, I assume, and because work is winding down, I’ve decided to write another guest blog.  I know, you’re welcome.  In case you forgot, which I highly doubt because my last post rocked, I am the second child of the…

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A Pasta for All Seasons – Summer (Sesame Noodle Salad)

Summertime!  My shameless attempt to catch your eye for this post…a photo from my vault, a summer evening in Santa Barbara, nothing to do with pasta.  Oh well, did it work?  This is a perfect summer potluck dish!  It can be made the night before, it keeps well, its vegetarian or you can add chicken…

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Alls Well that Ends Well

FINALLY, a resolution to the bicycle saga.  I picked up my bike this evening.  My words of wisdom is to advocate for yourself, don’t give in and frankly, it’s true, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  At the low point of this odyssey I was told I would be getting a silver frame bike ( I…

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Summertime, summertime..Watermelon Tomato Salad

One of the best things about summer, besides long lazy days and warm evenings for leisurely walks; is the abundance of fantastic produce.  Juicy sweet peaches, nectarines, sun ripened tomatoes, all sorts of melons and berries so sweet they taste like sugar. Farmer’s markets are literally bursting at the seams with crates filled with summer’s bounty.  The…

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Look Ma…No meat! (Wild Mushroom Pasta)

My family loves meat but every now and then I can fool them and serve a dish without the carnivore stamp on it.  The secret ingredient is mushrooms!  Mushrooms have a nice meaty consistency that works well as a substitute.  We make portabello burgers, stuff creminis with bread crumbs, onions, garlic, parmesan and peppers and…

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Another chicken recipe..(Chicken Shawarma!)

From the New York Times If you haven’t discovered it yet, the New York Times Cooking site is an absolute gem.  It is filled with amazing recipes from the food writers of the NYT including Melissa Clark, Sam Sifton, Mark Bittman, and Florence Fabricant.  If you subscribe to the site, each week a newsletter arrives in your…

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Warning! I am PISSED OFF!

Exactly what I want to do right now, Shout by Tears for Fears… Pretty bike, don’t you think? Got this bad boy about 4 years ago and unfortunately have not ridden it that much.  Spent more time in a boat rather than on my bike.  My rowing compadres have been riding alot so time to…

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The 3Jamigos Favorite Pasta Sauce #1

  What kid doesn’t like pasta?  My kid’s favorite spaghetti sauce is from Patricia Well’s Trattoria cookbook, a collection of well written, easy to follow Italian recipes, nothing too fancy just delicious, homestyle classic meals.  Meat sauces (Ragu’) generally require hours of cooking but this recipe calls for simmering for approximately 20 minutes.  It has lots of flavor and…

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#Crewlife Part 2

Bleary eyed and thinking of nothing else but the warm bed I left behind, I hear the cox call out,” hands on, up to shoulder, walk it forward,” the boat feels like a ton of bricks, to the dock, roll into the water. One foot in, two, down, push off, we start to row, bodies swing…

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Simple Poached Chicken

An easy meal is “white poached chicken”, a classic Chinese dish.  The chicken is poached in water or broth and served with a sauce of soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and scallions.  This is similar to Singapore’s famous Hainanese Chicken Rice dish that made its way there with Chinese immigrants of Hainan Island.  Its my kind of…

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