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Quick Pickles

These quick pickles are a good balance of acid and sweetness, and maintain a good crunch for a year or so.  To make them, just cut up some middle-aged or younger pickling cucumbers and stuff them in jars with the herbs and any other additions (dill, carrots, peppers, etc).  Cover …

Yonah Shimmel perpetual yogurt starter

I read about the Yonah Schimmel perpetual yogurt start in Sandor Katz’s book “The Art of Fermentation” and have wanted to try it for some time. Finally my friend Jeff Stutz was in New York and brought me a jar of it in July 2015!  It was surprisingly runny and …

Fresh Fruit Scones

Shannon and I really like the fresh fruit scones at Arizmendi bakery, so we decided to develop our own recipe as a modification of the standard Cook’s Illustrated one. Ingredients: 2 cups (20 oz = 565 g) Flour 2 T baking powder 6 T sugar = 87 g 1 t …

Candy cap cookies

We recently went on a mushroom hunt with SF Forage in December, and it was wet and rainy at Salt Point state park, but the candy cap mushrooms were out in bunches, so we came home with lots of them.  We made the standard candy cap cookie reciking arthur sourdough …

Sourdough Pancakes & Waffles

My mom used to make pancakes from Bisquick, and they were never my favorite breakfast food because they were always dry.  So I had to put a bunch of syrup on them, or as I got older, I’d put jam in-between them to make a pancake sandwich.  My culinary indifference …

Grains Spectacular

This recipe is inspired by a great salad we’ve had at Gialina’s in Glen Park called “Farro salad”.  Basically it was a farro grain salad with some seasonal veggies in it and a topping of greens, stracciatella cheese, and dressing. Recipe: 2 cups of grains: Wheat berries:  1.5-2 hours Whole-grain …

Small pearl tapioca pudding

I remember my mom making tapioca pudding when I was little, with the little “fish eggs” or “eyeballs” in it as I used to call them.  For a long time, I was buying the instant tapioca from the grocery store, and this works well for pies and quick tapioca, but …

Pad See-Ew

I love pad see ew at most Thai restaurants, and wanted to learn how to cook a reasonable version at home.  I found some recipes on the Internet, but nothing seemed to give good instructions for my cooking style.  I was inspired by a recipe on shesimmers.com, with a great …

Lemon Herb Tea Bread

I got this recipe from my mom, who got it from some random book of hers, now unknown.  I like it for it’s density, kind of like a pound cake, and the addition of herbs that I have in the garden is a nice touch; the herbs add a bit …