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Too lovely!

22 Nov 2012

We did have a fabulous Thanksgiving day with champagne, collaborative cooking and a surprise side dish of delicious, smokey Persian eggplant.

I sang, the poet read and the performance artist played a haunting tune on the harmonica.  We had pumpkin pie, black coffee and then made ourselves cozy by the fireplace with a little bit of Apricot kernel liqueur.

And the following day there were leftovers and dancing.

Leftovers + duck egg = dinner.

20 Nov 2012

a fried duck egg with polenta, rapini, wild mushroom ragu and Parmigiano Reggiano

Eden’s arugula with balsamic vinaigrette


19 Nov 2012

escarole and frisee with persimmons, pomegranate seeds and almonds with balsamic vinaigrette

chanterelle and black trumpet mushroom ragout with fennel and Marsala


Parmigiano Reggiano on the table

sautéed rapini with garlic and hot pepper

On repeat: beans, greens and cornmeal bread

15 Nov 2012

black beans simmered with beer, tomato and Mexican spices with chard and sweet potatoes

yogurt, cilantro and scallions

cornmeal bread


Strangely perfect

13 Nov 2012

tomato bisque

posole with smoked pork shank and Tapatio

goat cheese toasts

escarole with balsamic vinaigrette and watermelon radishes

For the gathering

12 Nov 2012

sliced watermelon radishes with black pepper and oil, olives marinated with coriander and lemon

spiced pumpkin soup with yogurt and lime

Mexican lamb meatballs with spicy chili puree and a kale toast

last of the summer squash a l a Nely

summer squash simmered in tomatillo salsa verde

pumpkin seed lace cookies and Green and Black chocolate

Meat and potatoes

8 Nov 2012

mixed green olives with lemon and lemon thyme, fennel wedges with coriander salt

cauliflower and beets with meyer lemon vinaigrette and radishes with nasturtium leaf and garden herb salad

beer braised short ribs with fresh horseradish salsa verde and potato-celery root puree

bittersweet chocolate mousse with whipped cream and a lacy almond tuille


7 Nov 2012

shaved fennel with Parmigiano Reggiano, lemon and black pepper

roast chicken and Tokyo turnips with hazelnut, sage and orange zest salsa

turnip and beet greens with garlic and hot pepper

Recchiuti chocolate


Election Day Celebration

6 Nov 2012


winter squash soup with Mexican spices and beer, yogurt, lime

chicken tamales

Cotija, soft goat cheese and goat cheddar tamales

roasted tomato and tomatillo salsas

pickled carrots and okra

persimmons and pomegranate seeds with honey from our bees

Supremely special thanks to Nely for laughs, guidance and hard, hard work!

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