Off The Counter

Off The Counter: Potassium Broth

May 13, 2014

One would think that the first ‘Off The Counter’ featured recipe from our [almost] done kitchen would be a bit more exciting than a broth.  However, after several non-welcomed colds during its renovation,  I thought that a meal with some real healing properties would be apropos.  I first tasted Golden Door’s Potassium Broth while receiving [...]

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Off The Counter: Seasonal Citrus

February 28, 2014

Before my kitchen was demolished , I experimented with my favorite winter salad ingredients:  blood oranges, avocado and red onion.  Using Instagram to document my culinary exploits, I had  few people ask what type of dressing I used.  So here it comes: Mind you, I’m not one for measuring ingredients, so depending on the size of [...]

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Off The Counter: Black Bean And Sweet Potato Chili

February 10, 2014

It’s been quite some time since I’ve featured an Off The Counter post.  It’s not that we’re not cooking, it’s just that we haven’t been culinarily creative enough (or so it  has seemed to me).  This black bean and sweet potato chili has definitely turned that notion around.  I found the recipe here a few [...]

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Off The Counter: Almond Berry Smoothie

September 11, 2013

I’ve gone from juicing to blending and I finally came up with a concoction that’s just right, at least for me.  It’s neither too sweet nor too bland, but simply good for you.  Ingredients and instructions below: Ingredients:  Almond milk (vanilla), frozen bananas, fresh or frozen berries, flaxseed meal and protein powder (optional) Instructions: Pour [...]

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Off The Counter: Fried Okra

June 20, 2013

Alex and I recently reconnected with a dear friend from Cape Cod who now lives in San Francisco.  Although we hadn’t seen each in a few years, our reunion felt as though no time or distance had come between us.  We recently visited him and his partner’s impeccably decorated place in Diamond Heights (can’t wait [...]

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Off The Counter: The Classic Cobb Salad

June 4, 2013

This week’s Off The Counter is inspired by an old favorite, the Cobb Salad.  It was  a staple of ours years ago but only recently have we integrated it back into our culinary repertoire.  It could be the perfect summer meal:  light,  filling and good for you at the same time.  Ingredients and instructions below. [...]

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Off The Counter: Black Lentils

May 14, 2013

This week’s Off The Counter features yet another recipe from the cookbook Plenty that has become a weekly staple.  This one involves black beluga lentils.  I prepare a batch on Monday morning and enjoy it throughout the week as a fast [healthy] food.  Unfortunately, the kids will not eat it, at least not yet.  Take a [...]

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Off The Counter: “Plenty”

March 27, 2013

We recently hosted a group of visiting East Coast buddies along with several of our new West Coast friends.  For the dinner we prepared dishes from the cookbook “Plenty” written by chef Yotam Ottolenghi.   This recipe book combines vegetables, grains, herbs and seeds in a way I never thought possible, at least not in my [...]

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Off The Counter: Empanadas

March 14, 2013

Once a year Alex and I take on the [somewhat] difficult task of preparing empanadas.  It inevitably turns out to be an all day affair, but one well worth the time and effort.    Using a dough recipe found in the book The Useful Pig and a filling from a 1999 issue of Food And Wine [...]

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Off The Counter: Post Holiday Salad

January 22, 2013

This week’s Off The Counter features 3 of my favorite salad ingredients:  fennel, citrus and kalamata olives.  Combining them results in a refreshingly light salad that splendidly balances hearty winter meals.  Using locally harvested honey and fresh pressed olive oil (both Christmas presents given to us by Alex’s West coast cousins), I created a dressing [...]

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