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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.


Robin and I hosted 8 friends from my work on Friday night.  Despite my best efforts, dinner too far longer than I had planned.  Alas, we eat in courses so it worked out just fine.

On the menu:

Pomodari al Forno to start.  This is the good stuff that I made over and over this summer.  Everyone wants the recipe.  So easy to make.  You just need time to let it cook.

With the chicken on the stove we went into the next course to stave off the hunger.

Alex Banay’s Onion Tart.  There are few things that I like more.

Broccoli Crunch from 101 Cookbooks.  Aaron took over the dressing and helped get this out with the onion tarte.

Finally the Chicken from the town of Avellino was done and enjoyed by all.  I used peppers grown in the school garden.

Dinner up in Sonoma on Saturday. A night off from the kitchen.