Category Archives: My Kitchen

Eating Green

I gave up red meat and chicken for Lent. My meals revolved around vegetables, tofu and seafood.

The Bay Area makes it easy. I thought it was exciting to explore vegetarian and vegan menus in San Francisco and beyond.

Picnic
At the new Devil’s Slide Trail, we enjoyed a lovely walk and picnic with portobello mushroom sandwiches from Dinosaurs in Pacifica. I adore the vegan mayo on that crusty bread.

I also found plenty of vegetarian recipes to test in our kitchen.
Vegetarian Cooking for Lent

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Eat Drink 2013

Sheesh.
I normally do this “look back” post in January. It’s been a little nutty in the newsroom.
I’m sorry.

2013: The year of meat. That’s what it feels like since I gave up red meat, chicken and alcohol for Lent this year.

Last year, I had one of the most decadent meals of my life at Restaurant au Pied de Cochon in Montreal.
stuffed au pied de cochon with foie gras @ Restaurant au Pied de Cochon
My entrée: stuffed au pied de cochon with foie gras. It felt like the fatty duck meat left my heart racing.

In wine country, we got messy with a lobster boil at St. Supery.
#kvpinmybelly : #Lobster fan in #Napa. Also, new profile photo?!? What do you think?

In Pacifica, I went crabbing for the first time. We got lucky. I named our crabby friend “Lunch.”
Dungeness Crab @ Daisy City

In Daly City, we hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner.
#kvpkitchen - Turkey ready for the oven. Celebrating #thanksgiving early because I have to work on Thursday

In Calistoga, we celebrated the New Year with newlyweds, Nancy and Justin, and plenty of hearty pork dishes.

I posted more food and drink photos on Flickr.

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Sweaty Mess, Eating Lean

T-Minus 2 hours before my next bootcamp workout.

This is the second week of my 6-week fat loss and fitness program with O2 BodyFit. It kicks my butt with high-intensity cardio & strength routines. The trainers push us without breaking us down.

I’m sweaty mess at the end. My muscles and limbs scream from exhaustion.

So far, I love it!

O2 BodyFit Meal Plan - Week 1
I’m also on a new meal plan: more lean meats and more (much more) vegetables.

Here’s what I made for the first week (I tweaked the recipes to cut down on oils and eliminate dairy items):

  • Broiled salmon with a peppercorn-Lime Rub and an Asian slaw with a ginger peanut dressing (no honey)
  • Pan-seared tilapia (no butter) with broccoli slaw and spinach salad
  • Lemon-Thyme chicken with sauteed vegetables (no cheese)
  • Chicken omelette, with kale and cherry tomatoes
  • Ground turkey with Rogan Josh sauce (Saffron Road simmer sauce) over cauliflower rice and spinach salad.

I had plenty of leftovers.

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Cook the Book: Albaretto della Torre

I wanted a meaty dish for my Rosemary bread.

My inspiration: Fare la scarpetta. It’s an Italian saying that encourages diners to mop up every last morsel of their meal by using bread like a “little shoe.”

Sugo 'd' Arrosto

That led me back to Jeffery Steingarten’s book: “The Man Who Ate Everything.” I found a pasta dish from Albaretto della Torre that would let me mop up meat sauce with bread.
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