Seedy Bagels For Your Tuesday Morning Pleasure


Seedy BagelsThese seedy bagels, fresh from the oven at 6:45 am are the 93rd – 98th bagels we've made in the last 7 days, and by George, I think we've got it. The Everything Bagels are topped with poppy and sesame seeds, onion and garlic flakes and a pinch of Asiago cheese

February's Real Bagels Are Boiled project is on schedule and the trial bagels are flying out the door and into mouths, freezers and toasters all over town. One of the engineers in my office has envisioned a Bagels By Jules bakery, but we're headed in a different direction and really freakin' excited about what's to come.

You want to eat the seedy bagels, don't you?


I promise.



Rosemary Edamame Salad; Too Pretty to Eat?


Rosemary Edamame SaladI found the recipe for this Rosemary Edamame Salad on Food52 (no big shock) and tucked it into the big book of untested recipes stuffed into a kitchen drawer. This weekend, I dug through the book, searching for a Thai Taco recipe I wanted to cook for my Baby Brother In-Law's birthday. I didn't find the tacos, but a handfull of other pages jumped out at me and this seemed like a perfect protein-packed vegetarian lunch. On the first try, I burned the rosemary and garlic (as it turns out, gently saute and sizzling are two different things), but second time around everything worked perfectly. It's the kind of dish that makes staying IN for lunch worthwhile. And oh, the arugula is a must.

Get the recipe here.

Green Goddess Chicken with Roasted Roots

Green Goddess ChickenThis Green Goddess Chicken recipe should be in every Recipes for Dummies kind of cookbook, but I found it in the NYT Cooking section. Their version includes a from-scratch Green Goddess dressing, which is all well and good for a lazy Saturday afternoon. But Tuesday night, after a long day or a grueling commute? No way. This recipe has minimal prep time, but the chicken will need 5-7 hours to marinate, so bag it up before work or the night before.

For the Green Goddess Chicken

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The Twisted Pig Escapes That Guy Guy


twisted pigMoTown is all atwitter after that Guy guy rolled into town with his whole Diners Drive Ins and Dives shtick. Guy-Lovers and Guy-Haters alike wanted to know – Where did he go? What did he eat? Who’s the smartass that spit on the hood of his car?

As it turns out, the Guy guy brought his camera crew, hot rod and nightmarish fashion sense to Commonwealth, a damn fine burger & beer joint across the street from my office. He also visited the Kickstarted Food Fix sandwich truck near MJC and McHenry Village’s Bauer's 66 1/2 , the best little hole-in-the-wall-eatery-at-the-back-of-a-dive-bar that you’ve ever seen.

The exposure and ensuing rush of new customers is good for them. I get that. But it's not so good for those of us who’ll now have to wrestle the newcomers and looky-loos for a table. All of this is kind of okay though. I can live with it because that Guy guy came and went without discovering my beloved Twisted Pig Bar & Grill.

Just blocks from the house, in a familiar old building, The Twisted Pig is serving up the best pub food and drinks in town. The chef is brilliant, bartenders badass, and wait-staff lovely. Their food is smart, their daily specials crave-worthy and prohibition-era cocktails rule.

When we first discovered the place, I was a zealous evangelist, telling everyone I knew to check it out. After a while, as they got more popular, I got quiet, not wanting to talk myself out of a seat.

Last week, The Pig celebrated their 1st Anniversary by roasting a whole pig on the back porch. They were packed wall to wall by 6 pm. Despite the crowd, they maintained their warm, welcoming atmosphere as regulars and newbies chowed down plates of Hog & Fries, toasted with copper cups and tried not to sing along with every song in the local band's setlist.

On Fridays, it’s Prime Rib and brussels with bacon. Maybe it's wrong, but I can’t help but be delighted that The Twisted Pig escaped that Guy guy’s loud-mouthed reality tv rodeo, ‘cause I just might get a table tonight.

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup


Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

There’s a lot of great food in Santa Cruz and since our return to the Central Valley, I’ve had to learn to live without Vasili’s Lamb Souvlaki, Erik’s  Chicken Pesto and The Santa Cruz Diner’s Coconut Curry Chicken Soup.

Santa Cruz Diner is famous for its diverse menu, huge portions and relatively low prices. That obnoxious ass who dominates the Food Network featured it in his Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Don’t worry though. He’s long gone by now, so the next time you find yourself on the far end of Hwy 17, stop by and fill your belly.

In the meantime, here’s a version of their Coconut Curry Chicken Soup that I make once a month to stave off the homesickness. It’s super easy and these days you can usually find things like Fish Sauce and Sriacha without too much trouble. I get my curry mixes at the indian store  down the block, but you can use one of the basic ones from the supermarket spice section for this recipe.

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