Crispy black bean tacos

Robin and I have been loving life at home with our boy, Harrison.  While there have been a few home cooked meals from the knitchen, we have been fortunate to have a number of dinner visitors bringing wonderful treats.

Knowler family sandwiches

Grilled Salmon and Flatbread with Green Charmoula

This last dinner was a highlight in the post-baby Knitchen.  It is from a great Bon Appetit article about a surf and cooking trip to Mexico that looked like a dream.  The green charmoula was a dream on fish and bread.  So tasty.

 

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If all goes well, Harrison will come home with us tomorrow.  We spent the evening relaxing with Jane and Jeremy.  Jer cooked some wonderful salmon with a fabulous peach, avocado salsa.

My contribution was this grilled kale salad with ricotta and plums.  It was a delight. Wow.  The grilled kale was crispy and added wonderful texture and flavor.  Will I make it again?  That depends on what Harrison has to say about cooking!

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

 

Robin and I welcome Harrison Pond Davis into the world last friday, July 13th.  He has changed my life.

He is spending a few extra days in the ICN getting used to breathing; it is tough being five weeks younger than most babies.  Robin and I have been home for a few nights and enjoying cooking at home.

On the menu so far:

Penne with White Beans and Kale 

Tagliatelle with corn pesto.  We made it with Taylor’s smoked pancetta. Amazing.

Penne with Ricotta, Arugula and Basil

On Thursday we learned that Robin would, indeed, become a resident of Kaiser San Francisco for the next three to four weeks as we await the birth of our first baby.  I asked Robin if she wanted to go out (burger at the bar at Spruce?  Chicken at Zuni Cafe?) or have dinner in.

Dinner in, friends, fun.  That was the answer.

Some friends were able to stop by last minute and join us for a great pizza and bruchetta dinner.  The highlight of the menu was the asparagus, bacon, burrata with crispy balsamic shallots, a take off from this NY Times recipe.

(thanks for taking the pic, Mikey)

Robin and I spent the Summer Solstice celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary a few days early at Outerlands.  With a prolonged stay at Kaiser on the horizon, we headed out to this tiny, hipster joint in a most unusual location, three blocks from Ocean Beach.  Known for its brunch and fixie-riding patrons, Outerlands has been getting attention for its dinners as well.

We were blown away by everything we eat.  A few things stand out:

One: portion size.  Each portion whether the slow roasted egg or the beef tenderloin provided enough that we were able to be wowed by the flavor, let the other try it, and go back for more.  There was not so much, though, that I ever did not want to eat more.  Each time a plate was taken away I had eaten more than enough but still wanted more.

Two: Beef that you don’t need a steak knife for.  Robin and I both ordered the beef tenderloin.  We both looked askance at the butter knife.  We both still talk about how good that steak was.  Perfect.

Three: Amazing vibe.  Small, warm, happening, not loud.  What a balance.  We were the last two to be seated when they open (no reservations and doors open at 6:00, we arrived at 6:30).  Our table was the closest to the bathroom, normally a bad thing.  We had a great time watching all the people coming and going.  They all looked SO COOL.  Until I looked in the mirror at home, I thought I too was cool.

Thanks, Outerlands for a great anniversary dinner.  We will be back (with a baby!)

(Image from Outerlandssf.com)

On Monday Robin found out that she would most likely have to spend the next three to four weeks in the hospital patiently awaiting the birth of our first child.  Coming back from a workshop in Berkeley, I asked her what she wanted for what might have been one of her last home cooked meals for quite a few weeks.  I offered Penne with White Beans and Kale, a knitchen favorite as well as the Potato, Arugula & Fontina Pizza.  Robin wanted a steak.  With $45 dollars I secured three beautiful pounds of Bone-In Rib Eye.  With the gas out on the grill (turns out you have to turn those things off), I cooked up an indoor version of BA’s Salt and Pepper Bone-In Rib Eye.  We had a wonderful dinner together.

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