Author: onolan72

In Which Ragù Comes to Our Rescue

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As a storm settled on the Bay Area, bringing with it rain squalls and roiling clouds, the two of us developed a craving for good, old-fashioned comfort food. A pleasant afternoon spent trawling Food52 yielded inspiration for an oxtail ragù with a recipe for homemade gnocchi. After the udon adventure of last weekend we were primed for another handcrafted starch project, so we tucked in with a hunger both literal and metaphorical. (more…)

Go Coco-nuts for Salmon

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The air is softening and the evenings are beginning to grow long: spring is on its merry way to the Bay Area. Hard as it is to believe, the first day of the new season is only a week away and the world seems like it’s already waking up. Once the painful novelty of the time change fades, the days bring with them the renewed memory of sunlight on bare skin, the promises of barbecue and cold beer, and the pleasure inherent in recognizing that another winter has safely passed.

It’s on days like this – days when you remember the summers of your youth and it seems nearly possible that this one will somehow attain the same simple grandeur – that you start to dream of coming home and kicking off your shoes as soon as the clock strikes noon. It’s days like this when you start fantasizing about dinners of fresh vegetables and ice-cold drinks as soon as you finish lunch.  Days like this, you search your favorite food blogs for inspiration. This time, Food52 delivered the goods. Caramelized, roasted sweet potato hearkens back to the quickly-passing winter; fresh salmon recalls the exhilarating days vacationing along the Northern Californian coast; flavors of Sriracha and coconut invoke the satisfaction of a spicy Thai curry on the hottest summer night. All in all, not a bad choice.

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Crab-tastrophe

The San Francisco Bay Area provides a nearly endless array of activities and opportunities – from digging a shovel into your local community garden to chowing down on nachos at a Warriors game. As a natural inclination for fun and adventure nudges us ever onward, we have made it our unofficial goal to explore our home to the fullest – one of the best and most enjoyable things about it being its connection to the outdoors. Stretching out along the coast, the Bay Area embraces its gentle mountains, crashing surf, and criss-crossing bike trails with an inspiring and encouraging enthusiasm.

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Growing up in this obliging and fertile place, we have both developed a taste for fresh air and salt spray. With truly beautiful weather  forecasted for the weekend, we decided to take advantage of the rare sunshine and head to Pacifica for a morning of crabbing and an afternoon of cooking.

Cue the ominous music.

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