Sunday, April 29, 2012

Graze and Farmer's Market

Sorry I haven't been able to post in such a long time! I am always looking for good food that I can post about, but in the last few weeks there really hasn't been much for me. On the bright side, I am going to be done with school in just under 3 weeks! I am really excited to go home for the summer and to finally have a kitchen again. 

Richard and I hadn't had very good food since we got back from spring break, so we decided to go to brunch at Graze. Richard had chicken fried steak again, his favorite. And I had the egg scrambler which was full of amazing spring vegetables and other delicious things - ramps, green onions, red peppers, and parmesan cheese. 
We were really hungry and we've had our eye on the bagel and lox for a while, so we decided to get that too. And I am so glad we did. It was amazing. It has house-cured salmon, dill cream cheese, and lemon zest. 

After breakfast we went to the farmers market! It is only the second one of the season but there were so many amazing foods! 
Unfortunately, I couldn't buy anything, but Richard and I had a great time looking at all of the produce, especially the morel mushrooms. It was kind of torture, especially when we overheard people talking about what they were going to make with the morels they had just bought...

Anyways, it is definitely spring time here (and actually has been for a while) and the capitol is surrounded by beautiful tulips like these!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012


Today my mom and I cooked all day to prepare for our passover seder. We had a great meal, and ate so much food and now I am so full. But everything was great!

Matzah Ball Soup


Tomato sauce and vegetables (for brisket)

Noodle Kugel 

Pears and dried fruit poached in wine

Farm Shop

This morning my parents and I tried a new restaurant called Farm Shop. It is part restaurant, part market that features lots of amazing food from dairy items, to a bakery, to vegetables, that are mostly from local farms in California.

 For breakfast I had Shirred Eggs - they were amazing.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring Dinner

Tonight Richard came over and we cooked dinner together! We made a delicious and relatively easy meal that felt very spring-y. It was a beautiful day in California (but then again, when isn't it...) so we decided to eat outside, which was really fun.

We made our Candied Walnut, Goat Cheese, and Fruit salad that we also made last time we cooked dinner together. 

Then we had Rack of Lamb Persillade, which is a breadcrumb, parsley, and garlic mixture. It was delicious! We also made a homemade tatziki sauce to go with the lamb. We love tatziki, and I realized that I've never made it myself, so we decided to give it a try and it turned out great! The recipe is below. 

Roasted asparagus, because it is in season, and I also love asparagus, (and all roasted vegetables are delicious!)

To go with the lamb and asparagus, buttermilk mashed potatoes:

For dessert we made these 24 Hour Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies again. They are so good!!!

Tatziki sauce is a yogurt sauce. It is delicious on almost all meats, as well as vegetables and bread. 

Recipe for Tatziki sauce

2 c greek yogurt
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 cucumber
1 tbsp dill
2 cloves garlic

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow to rest refrigerated for one hour, or longer.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Family Dinner

Tonight my family and I had dinner with our family friends. We had a lot of food, and a lot of fun :)
We had: Shrimp with Lemon and Linguine, Zucchini Pancakes, Provencal Tomatoes, and Carrot Cake Cupcakes for dessert.

Monday, April 2, 2012


My favorite breakfast: toast, fried egg, avocado

Umami Burger:

Tartines from Le Pain Quotidien: