Summer

Sopa Verde de Elote
Sopa Verde de Elote - October 2, 2014

There is an wonderful Sopa Verde de Elote (green corn soup) in Diana Kennedy's Recipes from the Regional Cooks of Mexico published in 1978, I used it as inspiration for this variation - sweet corn and peas are off-set by a spike of green chile, a finishing dollop of creme fraiche, and generous squeeze of lime.

Black Pepper Cauliflower Salad
Black Pepper Cauliflower Salad - April 21, 2014

A friday lunch favorite - cauliflower florets doused in a warm black pepper and red onion vinaigrette, and tossed with nuts, apples, olives, and a bit of feta.

Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs - April 14, 2014

We had some beautiful deviled eggs leftover from lunch on Friday - they had an herb-flecked filling made with Greek yogurt and topped with chive flowers and toasted almonds. I packed them, along with a big pot of soup, for an overnight with friends in Bolinas.

Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables
Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables - April 7, 2014

Back in the late 90's Vogue Entertaining + Travel was the Australia-based magazine I splurged for any time I came across it on the news stand. Today's recipe for silky, tender olive oil-braised spring vegetables was inspired by paging through one of the cookbooks Vogue published in conjunction with the magazine.

Giant Lemon Fennel Beans
Giant Lemon Fennel Beans - March 18, 2014

Baby fennel, big white beans, sliced lemon, a honey-kissed in-pan white wine sauce, all finished with a shower of chopped dill.



 
 
 
 
Shredded Egg Salad
Shredded Egg Salad - March 4, 2014

Shredded Egg Salad - made by shredding hard-boiled eggs on a box grater. It makes a light, fluffy, bright egg salad, and I must say, a nice alternative to chopped, heavily dressed versions of the classic.

Horseradish Sauce
Horseradish Sauce - February 13, 2014

Inspired by recipes in George Lang's The Cuisine of Hungary - a simple, goes-on-anything horseradish sauce. It has been great twist to all sorts of basics - baked potatoes, egg salad, and any number of soups and stews.

Guacamole
Guacamole - January 30, 2014

To make great guacamole you have to go off-recipe. It's all about the in-between steps, decisions, and knowing when avocados are at their best.

Poached Eggs in White Wine
Poached Eggs in White Wine - November 7, 2013

Eggs poached in white wine peppered with minced shallots and herbs. A simple twist that immediately transformed the humble poached egg into something just a hint special and unexpected. Served over smashed avocado on toasted bread.

Avocado Spring Rolls
Avocado Spring Rolls - October 23, 2013

I'm posting this spring roll recipe from Morocco, they were much needed for the flight over. Rice paper wrappers with brown rice, tofu, avocado, chopped hazelnuts, and a slather of intense oregano sauce. Plus a few snapshots of the trip so far.

Tofu Amaranth Salad
Tofu Amaranth Salad - September 30, 2013

A good number of you were curious about the tofu and amaranth salad pictured next to those chive pancakes I posted a few weeks back. Here's the recipe. Thanks for your patience!

Silverdollar Socca
Silverdollar Socca - September 23, 2013

Tiny socca-inspired pancakes made with buttermilk or keffir - golden, tender, and cooked in cold-pressed spicy mustard oil. Flat out delicious.

Pluot & Poppy Yogurt  Bowl
Pluot & Poppy Yogurt Bowl - September 9, 2013

A simple late-summer breakfast bowl - Greek yogurt with a bit of chopped dill incorporated, topped with sliced pluots, toasted oats, poppy seeds, and honey.

Chive Pancakes
Chive Pancakes - August 13, 2013

Whisper thin crepe-like pancakes made from brown rice flour, coconut milk, eggs, and sesame seeds. And my preference in pots and pans.

Summer Vegetable Curry
Summer Vegetable Curry - July 23, 2013

A summer vegetable curry punctuated with the citrusy pop of fresh coriander seeds.

Miso Oat Porridge
Miso Oat Porridge - July 9, 2013

A simple bowl of toasted rolled oats finished with a bit of miso, then topped with a load of minced chives, walnuts, baby radishes, and a thread of cream. Also, a few snapshots from Los Angeles.

Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions
Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions - July 1, 2013

A quick sauté of yellow wax beans, golden almonds and pepitas, topped with threads of tiny micro scallions.

Saffron Raspberries
Saffron Raspberries - June 24, 2013

Beautiful raspberries tossed with saffron brown sugar, vanilla paste, olive oil, and toasted almonds.

Five Herb Pesto
Five Herb Pesto - June 17, 2013

A summer pesto made from a mix of coriander, basil, arugula, oregano, and chives, and links to a few other new recipes we've sprinkled around the QUITOKEETO shop site.

Mung Bean Hummus
Mung Bean Hummus - June 4, 2013

To get the smoothest, creamiest hummus using chickpeas, you have to peel them. For creamy hummus, without the extra effort, I use mung beans instead. They work beautifully. Top the hummus with shallot oil, fresh chives, and za'atar.

Red Fruit Salad
Red Fruit Salad - May 20, 2013

A seasonal fruit salad made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and coriander brown sugar. Plus a few photos from QUITOKEETO.

Steaming Vegetables
Steaming Vegetables - May 14, 2013

A reminder of just how good simple, steamed vegetables can be.

Cold Soba Noodles
Cold Soba Noodles - March 24, 2013

Cold soba noodles with a big dollop of ginger-scallion paste for the flight to Tokyo, plus pics from Japan, and a link to a few favorite spots in Tokyo.

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad - January 7, 2013

A beauty of a carrot salad - tricked out with chickpeas, chunks of dried pluots, sliced almonds, and a toasted cumin dressing. Thank you Diane Morgan.

Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones
Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones - November 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones - golden-crusted, tender, moist, barely sweet, and streaked with violet swaths and chunks of blackberry. They're beautiful.

Millet Croquettes
Millet Croquettes - October 17, 2012

Millet croquettes - crunchy crusted, basil and kale flecked for the flight to Delhi, along with a snapshot of how I packed.

Na'ama's Fattoush
Na'ama's Fattoush - October 8, 2012

A beautiful fattoush recipe and a preview of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's new book, Jerusalem.

Fennel Mushrooms
Fennel Mushrooms - October 1, 2012

A fennel mushroom recipe inspired by one of my vintage cookbooks, The Seasonal Kitchen by Perla Meyers. It's a simple, brilliant twist on everyday sauteed mushrooms with dill, chives, fresh fennel, and a kiss of creme fraiche.

Tarragon Oil
Tarragon Oil - September 25, 2012

Tarragon oil - one of my little secret weapons. Use it as a finishing oil on soups, as a component of anything bread-centric, and as a vinaigrette base. It's vibrant green with grassy anise notes, and just the sort of thing to keep on hand.

Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip
Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip - September 8, 2012

The prettiest dip in my repertoire - my take on the Iranian preparation of Mast-o-Khiar (yogurt and cucumber). I use lots of fresh herbs, dried rose petals, toasted walnuts and a pop of added color and tartness from dried cranberries.

Coconut Corn Salad
Coconut Corn Salad - August 28, 2012

Butter a skillet add corn, fresh thyme, red onions, toasted almonds and coconut, and finish with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice...

Yellow Bean Salad
Yellow Bean Salad - August 19, 2012

A summer yellow bean salad with a green chile-spiked, cilantro-flecked, and coconut milk dressing, toasted pepitas, and (if you want to make a meal of it) pan-fried tofu.

Tomato Tarte Tatin
Tomato Tarte Tatin - August 15, 2012

A simple savory tomato tarte tatin made with ripe market tomatoes, plenty of caramelized onions, a wee splash of balsamic vinegar, and whatever pie dough you might have on hand (or in the freezer)...

Parmesan Celery Salad
Parmesan Celery Salad - August 7, 2012

A breezy summer-spirited lunch salad made with celery, beans, and Parmesan. And a glance at my attempt at organizing some of my pictures into albums.

Fresh Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt
Fresh Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt - August 1, 2012

A luscious fresh mint frozen yogurt recipe from the soon-to-be-released(!) Sprouted Kitchen cookbook.

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Heirloom Tomato Salad - July 24, 2012

My favorite tomato salad this year - made with roasted and ripe tomatoes, capers, mozzarella, almonds, and chives.

Sunchoke and Cashew Stir-fry
Sunchoke and Cashew Stir-fry - July 12, 2012

A beautiful fried rice made with brown rice, egg, sunchokes, cashews, and basil when Grace Young came over for lunch last week.

Kale Market Salad
Kale Market Salad - June 14, 2012

There's a pizza restaurant in my neighborhood that makes amazing salads. This one, for example, had farro, kale, avocado, carrots, fennel and a creamy green garlic dressing.

Nettle Pasta
Nettle Pasta - June 5, 2012

Nettles in a pasta with feta, sesame, almonds, and onion sprouts & a few pics from the Golden Gate bridge birthday fireworks.

Blueberry Lemon Verbena Pie
Blueberry Lemon Verbena Pie - June 1, 2012

A heads up about a recipe I've done for Nikole Herriott's new For the Love of Pie series. My contribution: Blueberry Lemon Verbena Pie.

Sprout Salad
Sprout Salad - May 24, 2012

One of the best salads I've made in a long time (mung bean sprouts, avocado, arugula, yogurt, almonds) & a look at the QUITOKEETO packaging.

Broccolini Salad
Broccolini Salad - April 5, 2012

Big bowl of green - broccolini tossed with big croutons, tons of scallion slices, mozzarella, toasted almonds, and a hit of serrano pepper.

A Simple Tomato Soup
A Simple Tomato Soup - March 6, 2012

A simple tomato soup recipe inspired by a Melissa Clark recipe - pureed, warmly spiced, and perfect topped with everything from toasted almonds and herbs, to coconut cream or a poached egg.

Toasted Four Grain Cereal
Toasted Four Grain Cereal - January 30, 2012

A hot, filling, wintertime DIY four-grain breakfast cereal that you can trick out with all sorts of different toppings.

Baked Quinoa Patties
Baked Quinoa Patties - October 11, 2011

A few London pics, a look at how I packed my lunch for the flight, and the baked quinoa patties I brought along with me - dill, feta, chives, cumin, and garlic.

Tortilla Salad
Tortilla Salad - September 13, 2011

A tortilla salad made from all sorts of good stuff - heirloom beans, avocado, watermelon radish, and cauliflower. Electric colors, punchy dressing, fresh and filling.

A Nice Berry Pie
A Nice Berry Pie - September 7, 2011

My go-to berry pie recipe - a rye flour crust and mixed berry filling seasoned with fresh thyme leaves.

Lillet Buttermilk Shakes
Lillet Buttermilk Shakes - August 21, 2011

Lillet-spiked buttermilk shakes. Just a quick grown-up twist on the classic vanilla milkshake.

Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs
Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs - August 15, 2011

A scrambled egg recipe taught to me by the lovely Lynn from Satsuma Press - herby cream cheese is the last-second finish that make these eggs simple but special.

Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad
Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad - August 9, 2011

An off-beat pasta salad made with stuffed pasta, seasonal vegetables, and a spice-forward, golden sesame yogurt sauce.

Summer Corn Salad
Summer Corn Salad - July 28, 2011

A crunchy, sweet no-cook summer corn salad & a few snapshots from the nearby dahlia garden in bloom right now. The salad is a breeze, has a ton of toasted pepitas & sunflower seeds, tossed with a brown sugar lemonade vinaigrette.

Lemon Anise Slush
Lemon Anise Slush - July 12, 2011

This lemon anise slush is one way I use up the fresh lemon juice I have leftover from all those lemons I zest. Adapted from a recipe in a 2004 issue of Gourmet magazine.

Corn Soup
Corn Soup - July 6, 2011

A simple corn soup topped with an electric harissa-yogurt swirl + photos from a walk around North Beach on the Fourth of July.

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad - June 28, 2011

A twist on classic macaroni salad - I toss the pasta with a creamy sauce made from sauteed green onions, then add lots of black pepper, arugula, diced apple, and lemon juice to the bowl.

Shaved Fennel Salad
Shaved Fennel Salad - June 22, 2011

This could very well be my favorite salad recipe from Super Natural Every Day - shaved fennel, arugula, zucchini coins, feta, toasted almonds.

Quinoa with Currants, Dill, and Zucchini
Quinoa with Currants, Dill, and Zucchini - May 25, 2011

Made from a quirky combination of quinoa, dill, shredded zucchini, and currants - a quinoa salad from Maria Speck's new book, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals.

Cucumber Peanut Salad
Cucumber Peanut Salad - May 3, 2011

We picked two new cookbooks to focus on in the 101 Cookbooks Library, and this recipe is inspired by a recipe from one of them. A refreshing chopped cucumber salad loaded with peanuts, spices, coconut, and chiles.

Black Sesame Otsu
Black Sesame Otsu - February 20, 2011

The Black Sesame Otsu recipe from Super Natural Every Day - soba noodles and tofu slathered in a thinned-out, salty-sweet black sesame paste, then topped with lots of sliced green onions.

Leek Soup with Dill Oil
Leek Soup with Dill Oil - January 29, 2011

A rustic leek soup topped with an electric green drizzle of dill oil and crunchy toasted almonds.

Quick Pickled Zucchini
Quick Pickled Zucchini - September 8, 2010

I've been making these coin-shaped zucchini pickles all summer. They're quick to make, great to have on hand, and I don't bother canning them. Delicious on crusty, goat-cheese slathered grilled bread (or just about anything cheesy or crunchy) and simple salads.

Golden Tomato Sauce
Golden Tomato Sauce - August 18, 2010

I spent Saturday brewing beer with my brother-in-law. For dinner, later on, I brought a simple lasagna, using this golden tomato sauce as the base - garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil. That's it. It's good on pasta, pizza, and only takes a few minutes to pull together.

Buttermilk Farro Salad
Buttermilk Farro Salad - August 12, 2010

A buttermilk farro salad inspired by one I had at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon - farro with shaved radishes, zucchini, and fennel tossed with a tangy herbed buttermilk vinaigrette.

Spiced Tomato Gratin
Spiced Tomato Gratin - August 1, 2010

In a Indian spiced departure from a favorite Suzanne Goin recipe - this is a rustic, deeply flavorful summer gratin made with sliced tomatoes, potatoes, caramelized onions, curry powder, and a kick of red chile flakes.

Sautéed Zucchini
Sautéed Zucchini - July 27, 2010

Coins of zucchini are browned in a pan, but the thing that makes it special is the toasted gold slivers of garlic combined with lots of fresh dill, plus a sprinkling of almonds for a bit of crunch.

Buttermilk Squash Soup
Buttermilk Squash Soup - July 6, 2010

A nice way to use up a good amount of summer squash. This soup is a soft, pastel shade of yellow, and aside from a hint of tang from the buttermilk, is quite mild in flavor. I finish it with a cumin brown butter drizzle that punches right through the creaminess, and plenty of chopped chives.

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cake
Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cake - August 27, 2009

An old-fashioned blueberry cake sweetened with molasses adapted from a reader submitted recipe to the July 1974 issue of Gourmet Magazine - rustic, dark as chocolate, tender, and punctuated with lots of tiny pockets of oozy, magenta berry flesh.

Summer Green Bean Salad
Summer Green Bean Salad - August 17, 2009

The perfect summer salad inspired by a memorable meal at Contigo - green beans, cherry tomatoes, roasted hazelnuts, and a bit of frisee tossed with a creamy herb vinegreta.

Cherry Tomato Couscous
Cherry Tomato Couscous - August 12, 2009

I spent the weekend at my friend Lori's Northern California cabin and she made this tasty cherry tomato couscous for us - cherry tomatoes, cucumber, chopped basil, and chickpeas tossed with couscous, olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice. Finished with a bit of feta.

Summer Squash Gratin
Summer Squash Gratin - June 11, 2009

A decadent, crunchy-topped summer squash gratin made from thinly sliced summer squash, potatoes, oregano pesto, and brown-buttered breadcrumbs- all baked at high-temperature until the squash is tender and the top is crunchy.

Orzo Super Salad
Orzo Super Salad - June 3, 2009

And orzo salad packed with nutritious ingredients - asparagus, almonds, feta, sprouts, broccoli, cucumber, and a zesty lemon dressing.

Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake
Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake - July 30, 2008

A savory, summertime ricotta cheesecake recipe made with shredded zucchini, dill, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Perfect picnic fare.

My Special Zucchini Bread Recipe
My Special Zucchini Bread Recipe - July 26, 2008

A favorite zucchini bread recipe - green-lined strands of shredded zucchini, lemon zest, poppy seeds, and fragrant notes of coriander, cumin, and clove make this a very special zucchini bread recipe.

Grilled Potato Salad
Grilled Potato Salad - June 29, 2008

This potato salad recipe is what happens when potato salad meets the grill. Grilled potato wedges are tossed with a vinaigrette finished with barely a hint of toasted sesame oil.

Macaroon Cherry Tart
Macaroon Cherry Tart - May 20, 2008

My go-to cherry tart recipe - unfussy, and quick to make with a moist, coconut macarooned top.