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Monthly Archives: December 2010

I like beginnings. I am ready to bid adieu to 2010 and say hello to 2011, with its sparkling clean slate and big possibilities. And I also like cozy, quiet brunches and subdued January skies, and this little breakfast is perfect for that. Serving a complete breakfast in a single dish makes it feel like […]

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Last week I wondered what it would take for me to get my mind off food, to give myself a little respite, enjoy a seasonal movie or something, anything, unrelated to food. The answer came quickly, in the form of a nasty foodborne illness that wiped out my dad, stepmom and I in quick succession. […]

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That delicate little spoon above is from my grandmother’s collection of silver, the kind of stuff that’s brought out only once a year. And that’s my step-mom’s beautifully patinaed All-Clad pot. And the stew that we supped on the night of Christmas Eve, whose simplicity and ease is remarkable. It’s just fish, fish stock, tomatoes, […]

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Listening to the Vince Guaraldi Trio, wrapping presents, and wishing you a Merry Christmas. :)

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One of my favorite things about December in California is the proliferation of fresh oranges (and all citrus, really). I love them in their simplest form, eaten by hand in sections, but placing a whole slice of orange on a piece of toast is a little awkward. And as popular and exotic a gift as […]

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