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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.

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Robin and I have been having a great time this Fall as season pass holders to Stanford Football.  Each home game we meet up with friends to tailgate and rotate the cooking responsibilities.  With cold weather last Saturday, we planned for warmth.  Turns out that coolers are great at keeping food hot as well.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili from Epicurious.  We modified slightly to follow the Cook’s Illustrated suggestions by adding more chili powder, adding the spices immediately, and using a mix of canned diced tomatoes and tomatoe puree.  Good, but this was always a good recipe.

Corn Soufflé: AKA corn 1950s style.  A wet corn bread that is so good and so not healthy

Spiced Cider with Rum.  It was cold out…