Time for something a little different from the usual omelet or quiche we have for Sunday brunch. With a couple of family members to join us, I found a recipe in the Breakfast and Brunches from the Academy cookbook that had an Anglo-Indian combination of curry-seasoned rice and smoked salmon. I happened to have some smoked salmon on hand and decided to give it a try. Delicious! Recipe

It also prompted me to remember with fondness my days at the California Academy in 1978 shortly after it opened. It was during its free-wheeling early days and I learned a lot there before we opened our restaurant in Saratoga in 1980.

Mary Ann’s Borscht

With Christmas rapidly approaching I would be remiss not to share my sister-in-law’s recipe for Borscht. We have had a couple of opportunities to share this delicious Christmas Eve tradition from Mary Ann’s family and may have to adopt it ourselves.

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West Side Pot-Roasted Chicken with Rice

This comes from The Grains Cookbook by Bert Greene with a few changes. It is easy and doesn’t require the oven. I made it first today when it was 94 degrees outside. (Now it is 80 outside and 84 inside so I have opened the doors and windows.) If you are averse to jalapeños, use some other pepper, but jalapeños are GOOD and not very hot.

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