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Brown Butter and Rosemary Gingerbread Pan Cookies: or, Impatience Is a Virtue

The baking of Christmas cookies, particularly gingerbread men, presents certain hurdles: the magical few minutes when the dough is cool enough to hold its shape, yet warm enough to be yielding to the creative efforts of the young; the infinite … Continue reading

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Perry Pork Shoulder

Perry, for the uninitiated, is pear hard cider. Where we live it’s made on local farms around this time of autumn and sold at local fares. We were at an apple extravaganza yesterday and I managed to score a liter … Continue reading

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Giving a Fig

Living in Los Angeles, mention to someone that you’re cooking with figs and they’ll likely tell you to come and clean their backyard, which might just be lousy with the things, rotting on the ground, being eaten by birds, squirrels, … Continue reading

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Quick Summer Crisp

My nearly fruitarian 7 year old daughter Violet loves any seasonal fruit cooked this rustic and easy way. Particularly stone fruit and berries: Peaches and raspberries. Peaches and blueberries. This could also work just as deliciously with apples (use walnuts … Continue reading

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Breakfast on a Toothpick

I was down to the last 1/4 cup of pancake batter the other day, and needed to come up with some clever way of splitting it up and making it satisfying to the kids. Using a sugar spoon, i measured … Continue reading

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Pork Chop with Summer Squash and Sugar Snap Peas

Another in the series of the solo Gastrodad experiments with quick and easy one-stop combos while family is away on vacation. Tonight it’s baked pork chop with sliced summer squash, mushrooms and sugar snap peas. First I rub the pork … Continue reading

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Taco: Take 2

The taco is our household’s favorite way of using up leftovers: any little bit of last night’s protein (be it fish, chicken, pork, beef) can be chopped up, seasoned in a vaguely Mexican manner, and then served with fresh chopped … Continue reading

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Red Curry Chicken + Arugula and Cilantro

Here’s another dispatch from the temporarily single Gastrodad…. So here we are – wife and kids away visiting family and that leaves me to experiment and cook solo. It can be fun but it can also be a tad tedious … Continue reading

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Quick Cactus Limeade

I’m not one to usually substitute one thing for another unless for health reasons. I say: let tofu be tofu, but never call it a hamburger.  And let sugar be suagar. So this whole agave-nectar-as-sugar substitute thing never interested me … Continue reading

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Yes You Can

After a few days of vacation in Sonoma, we returned to a house devoid of fresh food. Takeout sounded uninspiring. We didn’t have the energy to shop. So we whipped up this fish-stewish pseudo-spanish dish using only canned, frozen, and … Continue reading

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