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Last Night’s Mission District Menu

  • Improvised salad: baby romaine, radishes, and avocado with Meyer lemon vinaigrette (Meyer lemon juice, salt, pepper, sugar, good olive oil*)
  • Minted asparagus with red onion (the original recipe, for green beans here)
  • Sashimi-grade tuna steaks (what other grade would we consider?) dusted ever so lightly with wasabi powder and soy, sprinkled with black sesame seeds and seared in a grill pan
  • Tomatoes vinaigrette, minus the oregano, recipe here.
  • Some crusty country sort of loaf courtesy of Tartine (really wonderful)
  • Xarmant Txakolina, my favorite white wine.  Produced in the Basque country.  I buy mine at Paul Marcus.  It would be a great public service if everyone was granted a case each May.  Honestly, it’s so amazing.  Transportive.  More information here.  

Eclectic and charming, as was the company.  A good night in San Francisco.  I might have to make a habit of it.  But who wouldn’t love San Francisco when perched at the peak of Dolores Park in a courtyard-facing pied-à-terre?

Welcome to the Best Coast DF!

*to be all Barefoot Contessa about it


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Roasted Root Vegetables

It’s this time of the year that I go to the farmer’s market and start wondering what exactly I’m supposed to do with a bunch of parsnips and potatoes.  A year or two ago I came up with an excellent solution in a roasted root vegetable recipe I found on epicurious.  

Roasted Root Vegetables with Thyme and Marjoram Vinaigrette from Bon Appetit November 2002

I love this recipe-the combination of thyme and marjoram is beautiful and paired with the balsalmic reduction and lemon zest it’s just brilliant.  The flavors are bright enough to enliven any January night.

When I was browsing the Times yesterday I found Roasted Carrots and Parsnips With Rosemary and Garlic.  I haven’t made this yet, but I like the simplicity.  If you don’t cook much or haven’t done a lot of vegetable roasting maybe this is a good place to get started?  Looks good.


I heard from soother1978 that last night he made the Barefoot Contessa’s Roasted Winter Vegetables and found it fundamentally soothing.  I have almost every Barefoot cookbook, but really didn’t want to have to go combing through every single one for the recipe so I was thrilled to find the recipe easily on the food network’s site.  If you’re a Barefoot fan you can also check her reader Q&A updates on the House Beautiful website.


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