It was not a meatless Monday.

Dinner at Bateau was one of the most fun dining experiences I’ve had in a while.  It boils down to the employees working there.  From the moment we walked in the door we were greeted warmly by a gracious server.  Once seated she took the time to explain the menu and the restaurant’s essence. The…

Tomato. Tomato.

Eat one bowl, maybe two and call me in the morning. Tomatoes big and small are coming into their own. It’s been a nail biter of a season. Summer rain settled over the city in typical fashion leaving the tender young vines hungry. Now, today, in this moment the Sun Gold and Early Girls are…

On the run.

Pacific Albacore tuna is running.  The brief season hits during peak summer.  It is a glorious time.  The loins are petal pink, tender, and sweet. My preferred method of cooking them was learned years ago as a chef at The Herbfarm Restaurant in Woodinville, WA.  The cleaned loin is seasoned then rolled in minced fresh…

The Weekend’s Potential

I love the farmers market.  Everything about it.  Hopping from stall to stall.  Chatting with vendors about what is coming up, what they are cooking with what’s available on the day.  With that knowledge I take my overflowing sack of veg and artisans delights home: cantaloupe melons, brandywine tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, and eggplant.  . That…

Out on the grill…

The grill is on, again.  I plan to have it on as many days as the weather allows. Cooking tonight for dinner tomorrow – turkey and potatoes.  There will be salad as well, tomatoes most likely.  The turkey breast was bone in and quickly marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Fresh herbs…

Broccoli and Tofu

Two kitchen staples get an update thanks to a recipe from The Ottolenghi Cookbook. The tofu, cut into thick steaks, marinates in a shallow bath of sweet soy sauce, sesame oil, and sweet chili sauce.  The recipe recommends thirty minutes.  More time would equal more flavor. In the cast iron pan the oil is heated…

Taco Wednesday

It could be taco any day.  There are few foods more satisfying and more varied than tacos.  Wednesday’s were enjoyed on the grass at the Wallinford farmer’s markets.  It’s a beautiful space in the park next to the Good Shepherd School.  Neighbors gather, musician play music, local kids tear around picnic blankets en route to…

Love My Farmers Market

I like to wander the aisles taking in all that is available before making decisions.  It’s nice to absorb the happy vibe buzzing around the stalls as vendors chat with customers and others converse amongst themselves about what to do with this and that. At today’s market in Wallingford there was an overabundance of choice….

Fainting Goat Gelato

On a mission to stay cool. In the Italian tradition one scoop gets you two flavors.  Now which to choose.  The line up  rotates regularly.  There are a few core favorites who are never benched.  Salted caramel being one of them.  Coconut may come and go.  It elicited memories of cool tropical breezes and the…