Posts made in September, 2015

Eat with Your Eyes

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in New | 1 comment


A week ago MP and I tore through the

streets of San Francisco wearing jackets and scarves.

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A cool 62 degrees powered our clicking heels to much-loved passageways, pillars, and cafes; blazing through yet to be explored arrondissements too, like The Mission.

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  Since a restaurant I had longed to dine was not open,

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MP selected Aster, a fledgling newbie showcasing utterly enchanting food as art.  I read about Chefs, Brett Cooper and Sean Ehland and their far-out scope of inspired small plates appearing from a tiny open kitchen composed like whimsical Japanese art flirting with clean space.

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After studying a concise four-course menu and selecting dissimilar enticements, an in-house parade began-- each beguiling dish of salad to spectacular and subtle sweets, upstaged one another.

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CUCUMBER blackberry, preserved meyer lemon, avocado, coriander

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POTATO-BLACK PEPPER DUMPLINGS maitake, brussels, yogurt

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FARRO VERDE padron, sungold tomato, vadouvan, kale, crottin

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CHOCOLATE GANACHE black caramel, cocoa nib


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DUCK LIVER MOUSSE sprouted grains, strawberry, fennel, sesame

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SWEETBREADS pickled summer squash, charred peppers, thyme

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MILK-FED LAMB pole & shelling beans, smoked eggplant, nepitella

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POACHED PLUOT cashew, lemon verbena


Now, you guess which tasting menu was mine… ♥

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Blood Moon and Pizza

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Pizza | 1 comment

Zeroing in towards nearly 600 blog posts, cococooks needed a little maintenance.  My hope is (without throwing the baby out with the bathwater) that it is shored up from tagging creeps, easier to read and the photos appear fresher on a brighter background.

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Following our simply beautiful days in Calistoga with dearest friends, I have many Northern Cali food, farm trail, and harvest farmers’ market photographs to share over the next few posts.
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Meanwhile, after the long drive home yesterday, Sunday night pizza nevertheless made it to our patio table while the last blood moon hung high in the twilight.

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Fresh Fig and Prosciutto Pizza

with Burrata, Parmesan, and Arugula


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Changing Hues

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in New | 0 comments

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Warm days, cool nights, and shifting breezes send - off summer in wine country like a fall fashion show; pattern, hues, fabric, and luster turnover and rest.



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Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in New | 0 comments

The first day of fall began for MP and me today when we arrived here in Calistoga a day after storming San Francisco.


These glorious Black Mission Figs extended my favorite fruit obsession; and remained oh so still for their  photo shoot among the harvest vines.

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Mid September

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in New | 1 comment

... at the market

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More from the road later this week--

♥ ♥ ♥


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