Category Archives for Vegetarian

Peach-Blueberry Cobbler

I had signed up to make a “super summery dessert” for a Fourth of July party. I contemplated trifle, pie and tres leches cake. And then I thought, “What could be more summery than a pan of bubbling peaches and … Continue reading

05. July 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Eating Locally, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 12 comments

Homemade Focaccia + Roasted Red Pepper & Arugula Sandwiches

Next time you are invited to a potluck picnic, volunteer to make sandwiches. And then make these. You will be loved forever. I promise. Roasted red peppers, arugula and an herbed goat cheese* is a particularly nice combination at the … Continue reading

28. June 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Cheese, Entrees, Lunch, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 16 comments

Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary and Thyme, Crispy or Not

I learned how to cook potatoes by the caseload. By the caseload of salt, too. Seriously. I was working in a restaurant in Philadelphia and gasped the first time I saw the chef unload a box — literally one 3-lb. … Continue reading

20. June 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 18 comments

Bean & Cheese Burritos, Beef Tacos & Homemade Flour Tortillas

I have a confession. I eat at Taco Bell about once a month. And I love it. More than love it. Look forward to it even. I know, I know. You hypocrite, you say. Well, let me explain. You see, … Continue reading

29. January 2010 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Bread, Eating Locally, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Meat, Vegetarian | 42 comments

Dinner for One with Bittman’s ‘Polenta without Fear’ + A Huge Thank You

I never thought the day would come when I would consider sautéed greens over polenta topped with a fried egg as the idea of the most delicious dinner. Well, the day is here (has been for a little while now), … Continue reading

23. October 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: CSA, Eating Locally, Eggs, Entrees, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 34 comments

Tomato, Corn & Cheese Galette — A Favorite Summer Meal — With A Chocolate Chip Cookie for Dessert

The August 2000 issue of Fine Cooking Magazine was fantastic. I can’t believe that two of my all-time favorite recipes came from that issue — from one article in fact — and that I have now been making these recipes … Continue reading

21. September 2009 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Eating Locally, Entrees, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 48 comments

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

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