Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

100 Happy Days: Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto Pasta surprised me at the Portola Kitchen.

I love my weekly lunch dates with my hubby.
Today, I kept nibbling at his plate of Lumache.

Day 89 of 100 Happy Days.

100 Happy Days: Pasta

Pasta inspiration from Extra Virgin. Debi Mazar’s family looked like they enjoyed making fresh pasta.

Plus – it looked like this family had the solution to stop noodles from sticking together: Semolina.
#kvpkitchen Fresh pasta!! Ready for some sauce!!

I followed Gabriele Corcos’ recipe.
#kvpkitchen Making adorable pasta dough! Ready to roll out!!

I was amazed by this pasta dough. It felt like we finally hit the perfect ratio of eggs to flour. I think this is our best batch of pasta. Ever.

We served it with Gabriele’s red sauce and leftover zucchini cheese balls.


Day 78 of 100 Happy Days.

Christmastime in the city

I’ve spent the holidays in a dozen cities,from Los Angeles to New York. I still think one of the most beautiful places to enjoy Christmas is San Francisco.
christmas-eve (10)
On Christmas Eve, people packed into Union Square to see the tree, the Menorah and the ice rink.
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Outside of my newsroom

1. On my drive home from work.
Driving home after work

2. Making Pasta at home.
Making Pasta

3. Lunch Break: Passing by Telegraph Hill.
Lunch Break: View from Levi's Plaza. #sf #fb on Twitpic

4. Off the Grid at Fort Mason: Sampling Indian Tacos with my Sacramento colleagues and foodies Suzanne and Ryan.
SF Food Truck Festival

5. Checking out chicks in Half Moon Bay

Weekend of Bacon

This weekend, Susan introduced me to Guanciale.
Love at first whiff.

2 Pounds of Bacon and Guincla. Getting ready for pasta goodnesss
In San Francisco, we fried up 2 pounds of porky goodness last night. The fatty smoke warmed up the kitchen and left our clothes smelling yummy.

Pasta, Mushroom and Wine
After saving all the juicy guanciale and bacon fat, Susan showed me how she did Pasta all Carbonara: raw eggs, Parmesan cheese, fried bacon bits and of course – all that rendered fat. We also baked garlic bread and sauteed some mushrooms and onions with garlic salt, thyme and butter.

It all added up to a delicious, hearty, gourmet dinner in the Mission.
Pasta alla Carbonara

Good times.

Year of the Ox

California needs rain.

The state wants to avoid another drought and our lawn needs plenty of the wet stuff. We want our grass to look green and pretty. We don’t want to embarrass our very cool landlord in front of the neighbors with a brown and ugly yard.

Mark said this weekend finally felt like Winter with all the rainfall – from the Bay Area up to the Sierra Foothills.

Still, I’m greedy when it comes to sunny weather in February. I have no problem with running in 70-degree weather in February and watching flowers bloom in the dead of winter.

Waves Crashing

Earlier this month, we spent a lovely, sunny Saturday in San Francisco. I wanted to see the Chinese New Year Parade. We ended up eating a dim sum feast in the Richmond, watching the waves crash on Ocean Beach, took a driving tour of the fancy houses by the Presidio and bar hopping thru Chinatown and North Beach.

That was before the parade.
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