Farm Share West/Organic Now

  (Richmond, California)
Organic when? Now! NOW!
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Tragedy In The Chicken Coop

In which I find out raccons and coyotes aren't the only things that eat chickens.   [Read More]

French Gardens And Good Manners

Are the French superior parents? How do they get their kids to sit still through dinner? I've got a two-pronged theory.   [Read More]

Stuffed Napa Cabbage

This week, we had a freakishly huge bok choy and a freakishly huge napa cabbage. I pretended they were battling each other, complete with Godzilla music, in our "what's in the bag?" video. I made the bok choy last night, in a stir-fry with chicken om nom nom, but tonight I went with my old favorite: stuffed cabbage.   [Read More]

Cooking in the Mission

Kevin and I did our own Iron Chef.  The CSA box had Russian kale, spring onions, fresh garlic, cantalope, French breakfast radishes, lettuce, avocados, and peaches.  Kevin had some leftover fava beans in the fridge too, and they weren't getting any younger! I'd also gotten a delicious sourdough from Full Circle bakery in Penngrove. 

First we made a spread for the bread: fava beans, garlic, avocado and olive oil, all pureed in the food processor.  It was bright green, zippy, and bright.  

Next, we marinaded Black Cod in soy sauce and ginger. Sliced up some radishes for the fish too.  Kevin started some rice in the rice cooker, which he mixed up with some fresh cilantro. (Try this-- very yummy.) 

The kale: simple--sauteed with garlic, ginger and a little water.  Oh-- we also sauteed leeks in a little butter and olive oil to make a bed for the black cod.  

Folks, this was good. Really good. And if you drink a little wine while you're cooking, and you have great company--you have an evening to remember.  





Why You Should Trust Me

 The other evening my friend, Kevin, and I, set out to make a meal of some of the produce in my CSA box. We had: cauliflower, cilantro, golden potatoes, peppers, spring onions, and green garlic. What to make?

We decided on a Thai shrimp and cauliflower curry, and Bhutanese potatoes. To be frank, neither of us had much of an idea how to make the curry.  But here's what we used:

1 head green garlic, 1 knob of ginger, 1 thai chili pepper, 1/2 can coconut milk, salt, pepper, 1/2 bunch of chopped cilantro

We threw it all in a blender, whizzed it around, and voila!  Delish!!  We stir fried the shrimp and added lightly steamed cauliflower chunks.   

Try it over rice, or over noodles, but try it! Now. Trust me.  



The Best Sandwich and other dreams come true

It's happened.  I've eaten the best sandwich ever, and it didn't just seem that way because I was hungry.  I wasn't even going to eat another lunch, actually. So here's what happened.

 I went into San Francisco to meet with the guys who started Local: Mission Eatery, to see if they wanted to carry veggies from my CSA.  Their place is awesome, by the way: clean, light, open -- and good smelling. They have a lending library of cookbooks, too. Totally cool.  Anyway, the meeting went well. We're all on the same page, and I was going to leave, but something told me to wait. Step back. Eat a sandwich.  So I ordered.

Luck Dog Steak Sandwich with roasted and pickled spring onions, arugula, and garlic confit.  Oh. My. God.  The meat was tender, cooked to rare perfection, yet a little crispy on the outside.  The arugula spicy, the garlic like butter, the toasted bun so yum.... It was the perfect sandwich.  Go and get one. Seriously.  

In a little while I am going to have dinner.  



Urban Hikes and dinner parties

Another summer-like day in Oakland!  I'm taking my friend, Jen, and her dog, Roxy, on one of my urban hikes.  I first learned about urban hikes from an ex-boyfriend.  He was a big fan of exerting as much energy as possible, and really, really, just pushing it. I'm somewhere between that and taking a nap.

 Over the years I've made up  my own urban hikes, and this is the first time I'll be taking someone else with me.  Not everyone likes looking at other people's houses, so I  may end up doing the next one alone!  This time: Rockridge. 

I'll let you know how it goes.

 And later I'm off to an early dinner party.  Having no idea if the host can cook, I may have to fill up on Cole coffee, and the delicious Vietnamese cabbage and rice noodle salad I made last night.


City Girl

So, since I grew up in Manhattan, I've been, in the words of Woody Allen, "at two with nature."  But I am on a quest to change that! Today I drove to Valley End Farm in Santa Rosa, where my CSA gets its vegetables and fruit.  What a day!  As I left the the East bay the scenery changed from cement to green, green green.  

 As this blog moves ahead, it is my plan to open my mind and heart to nature. Everyone I know gets pleasure from it-- why not this city girl? 


Spring harvests

Oakland is gorgeous today.  I walked from BART to Lake Merritt, and was so grateful to be in CA.  Valley End Farm is about to begin its serious harvest.  Organic-Now began its deliveries in January, the absolute worst time, but now, now it's all about to spring forth! 


For dinner tonight, I am using the leek and green onions for my CSA box, along with the amazing eggs, to make a quiche.  The egg yolks are such an incredible deep yellow.  If it turns out I'll post the recipe.

 Remember to eat your veggies!


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