Category Archives for Vegetarian

In Honor of Top Chef: Padma’s Salad with Rancho Gordo Beans & Bäco Flatbreads

Early last Wednesday morning, before the premier of Top Chef Las Vegas, Padma Lakshmi made a delectable looking salad on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. She chopped up fresh spinach, mixed it with chickpeas, bell peppers and chives, and … Continue reading

25. August 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, CSA, Eating Locally, Entrees, Salads, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Tartine’s Quiche, Homemade Crème Fraîche & A Little Trip to Napa & Bouchon

The weekend would begin with quiche. That was a given. My friend would pick me up at the San Francisco airport and before beginning our journey north, we would stop for breakfast. For quiche, that is. I have been dreaming … Continue reading

17. August 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Breakfast, Eggs, Entrees, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 32 comments

Carrot Cake & Soup, Anniversary Dinner at Izza

Last week I found a stockpile of carrots in the bottom left-hand drawer of my fridge. So, I set to work slicing and dicing, staining my cutting board, dulling my knife, tearing up my uncalloused little hands. Sike. I did … Continue reading

09. July 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, CSA, Desserts, Eating Locally, Olallie Cafe recipes, Soup, Vegetarian | 26 comments

Alice Waters’ Baked Goat Cheese Salad & Morning Song Farm CSA

It’s hard to find fault in a warm round of herb-marinated, breadcrumb-encrusted goat cheese. But seriously my friends, the goat cheese was not the star of this salad. See those greens up there? The tender green leaves and the baby … Continue reading

13. May 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Cheese, CSA, Eating Locally, Salads, Vegetarian | 31 comments

Gordon Hamersley’s Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Tart

This tart is really fun. And different. And delicious. I can’t promise a quick-and-easy dinner with this recipe — beets must be roasted; a tart shell must be baked — but with a little planning, assembly of this tart is … Continue reading

02. April 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Cheese, Eggs, Entrees, Vegetarian | 20 comments

Tofu, Edamame & Soju

Waywaywaywaywaiiit. Stop. Seriously. I know what you’re doing. I can see you. I can’t. But I know what you’re doing. You’re turning your nose. The thought of tofu for dinner, you’re thinking, is unacceptable. I was there once, too. But … Continue reading

12. March 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Asian, Drinks, Entrees, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 41 comments

Zuni Cafe’s Fried Eggs In Bread Crumbs

I wish I were a hen; I wouldn’t have much to do. I’d lay an egg most every day, And Sundays sometimes two. — German nursery rhyme Just a little jingle I thought you all might like. I found it … Continue reading

06. March 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Breakfast, Eggs, Entrees, Salads, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 28 comments

Grilled Cheese

I cut the bread too thick. And I didn’t use enough cheese — I thought four ounces of cheese per sandwich seemed a little excessive. But maybe that’s what it takes to make the ultimate grilled cheese. Saveur says: “The … Continue reading

15. January 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Cheese, Lunch, Vegetarian | 32 comments

The Best Candied Pecans & A Thanksgiving Day Salad

So, you see my vision. It’s nothing earth-shattering. A classic combination, really. But a timeless one, and one I think will be festive for Thanksgiving Day. So, to execute this salad, all I need to finish tweaking is my recipe … Continue reading

13. November 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Salads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 26 comments

Stir-Fried Veggies and Tofu

What makes a good stir-fry? Sometimes all I want for dinner is a big bowl of steaming rice (or noodles) topped with stir-fried veggies, tofu, perhaps a little meat, and, maybe (always) a fried egg. And so, my friends, I … Continue reading

06. November 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Asian, Entrees, Vegetarian | 31 comments

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