Robin and I were thrilled to have my sister, Brooke and her husband, Graham, come stay with us last weekend.  With three awesome kids at home and limited vacation, they have not been out to California in a long time.  We were lucky enough to have them with us for four days.

Charlie, Bess, Jeremy and Jane came to join us for dinner.  It was a fun meal and I loved showing my sister and Graham the world that we live in.

On the menu:

  • Grilled steak with citrus gremolata (recipe to come)
  • Chipotle-Corn Mashed Potatoes
  • Jeremy’s rosemary bread
  • Arugula salad
  • Bi-Rite pie with Bi-Rite creamery ice-cream.

Last night Robin and I hosted three friends from work, all French teachers.  It was great fun to see them and share a dinner together.  Christy and her sister Jamie had heard too much about our remodel and finally had a chance to see it.  Sophie and her husband Igor are diving into a remodel right now.  Kathy is a foodie and is always sharing recipes with me at work.

Sophie brought tastry apps including Igor’s Three-Day Dates.  Kathy made a fabulous Chez Panisse Almond Cake with fresh fruit (not cut too early) and whipped cream.

I spent the day working with Robin to make Fava Bean and Burrata Bruschetta.  They were fabulous with fresh mint flavor and the wonderful creaminess of burrata.

We served these with Grilled Romaine and Citrus Caesar Salads as well as Mark Bittman’s Salmon with Chive-Tarragon Sauce.

Salmon with Chive-Tarragon Sauce

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tblspns minced fresh chives
  • 3 sprigs fresh tarragon (or approx 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 tblspns butter
  • 2 big tomatoes, or about 4-5 Romas seeded, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)

In a pan, bring wine to boil and let it bubble for about a minute. Add herbs and butter; stir. When butter is melted add tomatoes and cook for 30 seconds or so. If sauce tastes flat after seasoning with salt and pepper, add lemon juice. Spoon sauce over fish.

After a week away from the Knitchen due to work events I dove into two new recipes.  Both were GREAT but very different.  Both are absoutely going to be repeated.  They will see different nights, though.

Fettuccine Capricciose: Fettuccine with Oyster Mushrooms, Sweet Garlic and Arugula.  A great, rich Mario Batali recipe.  I know the smell of sweet vermouth from my mom’s cooking growing up.  Sweet vermouth, butter, mushrooms.  Yum

Grilled Romaine with Guacamole Dressing: I read about this in Sunset last summer and rediscovered it on my Evernote recipes this evening.  SO GOOD.  The brushed oil and cayenne add a wonderful flavor.

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Taylor and Maggie came over to join us for dinner with Erin and her friend Laura.  Take out on Tuesday.  They brought this very cool b-day gift for me.  Serious recipes.  I just need to find serious time.  That is what having a baby is for, right?

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