Off The Counter

Off The Counter: The ABC Salad

September 1, 2014

Before the last long weekend of the summer comes to an end,  I’d like to share with you the avocado, beet and cucumber salad I’ve been obsessed with lately.  Combining salty cucumbers, boiled golden beets and firm avocados with a bit of fresh mint, this salad transitions perfectly from this season to the next.  Ingredients […]

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Off The Counter: A Gourmet Camping Meal

August 25, 2014

While camping in Mendocino’s  Russian Gulch a few weeks ago, we prepared a meal loosely based on Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa, a Portuguese salt cod dish.   Combining some of my favorite ingredients: olives, eggs and potatoes, this dish brings together the substantial savory flavors one craves while out in the fresh forest air.  By […]

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Off The Counter: A Summer Salad

July 30, 2014

I have this reputation as “the salad queen” that I haven’t been living up to lately.  My obsession with kale (which I only like sautéed) may just be the reason.  While visiting family and friends back East, I was reminded of my once salad greatness.  When the first few people we visited asked if we […]

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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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