Category Archives: Food

Eye Candy, Food and Wine Department

These are some of my favorite photos from July’s food and wine adventures. Wine and Small Plates with Friends Snapshots  

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Grilled Octopus for Lunch, Briam for Dinner

This is another post in an abbreviated form, so you can gain the essence of the experience quickly and extract what is useful to you. Lunch was Grilled Octopus, combined with white beans, red onion, rouille, and flying fish roe … Continue reading

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Trying Something Different #2

Here’s a quickie that demonstrates several of my current favorite food elements: sourdough bread, octopus, homemade pasta, cheese, wine, and olive oil. My Sourdough Bread with Octopus, Chickpeas and Halloumi Homemade Fettuccine with Vegetables That was lunch. Dinner that night … Continue reading

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Trying Something Different

I want to try out a new approach for some of my blog posts. Rather than attempt to tell a story along with our cooking, I will just post one or more dishes with a short description and, perhaps, a … Continue reading

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Anniversary Dinner at Pammy’s

My wife and I have been married for 56 years. One of our favorite ways of celebrating this event has often been dining out at a great restaurant. Of course, we both appreciate the chance to have superb food, and … Continue reading

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Revelation: How to Cook Oyster Mushrooms

Mushrooms are among my most favorite foods, even more so in the past 11 years, with a mostly plant-based diet. I’ve been cooking oyster mushrooms for 15-20 years, in a variety of ways — sautéed, roasted, grilled, etc. The results … Continue reading

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Tuna Salad Extraordinaire, Discovering a New Grape, plus Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo

Recently, we’ve been eating fish and seafood more often. One of my mainstays is a tuna salad lunch, made with Portuguese tinned ventresca tuna from Luças. The salad is made with these delicious tuna fillets, jazzed up with whatever is … Continue reading

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Sourdough, Mushrooms, Polenta, Scylla

Sourdough is always handy. One or two slices can be breakfast or lunch, a snack or a dinner component. This post features sourdough toast with “wild mushrooms” (Chanterelles), followed by a polenta dish that evening. The polenta was made into … Continue reading

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Tomato, Arugula, and Cheese Salad

Every once in awhile, I pull out of the bookshelves one of my older cookbooks, and I find an appropriate dish for the occasion. Today, I was looking for a way to use half of a large heirloom tomato for … Continue reading

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Nettle Risotto

As much as I love pasta in all its forms, I am realizing that some of my most memorable dishes ever have been risotti. Two of those are dishes I created 10 and 20 years ago: Lobster – Shrimp Pasta … Continue reading

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