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Secret Food Confessions (Holiday Edition)

I’m halfway done with two other posts, but am just too scatterbrained the last few days to finish them coherently. Instead, I’ll confess some of the strange, perhaps even distasteful holiday foods to which I am secretly devoted. I got

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Beet season

I enjoy these cool, drippy days when the winter rains finally come to the Bay Area; they give an illusion of changing seasons rare in our temperate climate. It’s nice to put on my pumpkin-colored raincoat and tweed cap for

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It’s all right

Ten weeks ago I got a once in a lifetime invitation to eat my way around Southeast Asia in the company of the most extraordinary person. It’s amazing, really, how it all came about. See, I was on the plane

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A welcome burden

The lid slide off the small cooler as Stephen hoisted it into the overhead compartment. He’d had to lower the locking handle to fit the cooler in, so a gentle bump was all it took for the lid to fall

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Leaving on a jet plane

Plane tickets? Check. Long-term parking reservation? Check. Rental car reservation in Nashville? Check. Plan to purchase fancy sandwiches en route to airport to eat with relish on plane while other passengers glare resentfully at their bags of peanuts and Wheat

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For everything there is a season

(2 Tasty Ladies + 2 bottles of wine + 2 ice cream bars on sticks= one unflattering picture that Tejal would kill me for posting except she’s too far away to do anything about it.) I’ve been trying to write

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Minimal effort

We were so lazy on Tuesday. Seriously, I don’t know if there were four people on the planet having more trouble keeping their heads up than Tejal, Glyn, Stephen, and me yesterday. We were old dog lying in a warm

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A smidge elaborate for a Tuesday

Cooking for a family of two has certain challenges. These are not the same challenges as those my mother faced for so many years. I don’t come home from work and have to wrestle three kids, two of whom are

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I scoff at your food pyramid

Stephen and I met Tejal and Glyn at the farmer’s market in Mountain View yesterday. It’s a nice market, big enough for variety, but not so big that I become overstimulated and unable to make reasonable choices. Aside from the

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Trial and error

I want to make excellent salsa, not just chopped or pureed tomatoes and onions in a bowl, but a truly nuanced condiment. I seek that elusive balance of chunk and puree, the perfect level of chili heat that lingers but

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