Category Archives: Holidays

Easter bread and Brussels sprouts. 4/4/21

On Sunday we decided to have our eggs in the form of cake. Our daughter made this delicious yeast cake/bread called Colomba di Pasqua, or dove of Easter in Italian. It was so good! We ate a lot of it. … Continue reading

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Lamb chops, mashed potatoes, asparagus. 3/27/21

Saturday night we celebrated the first night of Passover with a Seder and a festive meal. Grilled lamb chops, mashed potatoes, asparagus with sauce gribiche Since this was a festive occasion we were not counting calories and enjoyed our mashed … Continue reading

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Take-out! Zeni Ethiopian food. 3/24/21

As a continuing part of our daughter’s birthday celebration we got take-out from another one of her and our favorite restaurants, Zeni’s in San Jose, CA. They serves authentic Ethiopian food and it is so delicious. When you dine in … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Fusion. 3/17/21

Since we have been celebrating as many food-themed holidays as we can due to the tedium of the pandemic, why not St. Patrick’s Day too?! My sisters were telling me how they were making Irish soda bread and corned beef … Continue reading

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Fun Purim celebration. 2/25/21

We do not usually celebrate all the Jewish holidays but since we are still pretty isolated due to the pandemic, our daughter thought that finding occasions to celebrate and make new things was a worthy project. The idea with Purim … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day dinner. 2/14/21

Do you have to spend hours in the kitchen to make a delicious, special-occasion dinner? Not at all. I pre-heated the oven to 400F, sliced the potatoes in half, shook the potato halves with a teaspoon of olive oil and … Continue reading

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Lunar New Year treats! 2/12/21

In honor of the lunar new year I made some Vietnamese summer rolls and John cooked some pork potstickers. We served them both with nuoc cham, a dipping sauce. I am a little rusty with my summer roll technique so … Continue reading

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Grilled steak Bourguignon. 1/20/21

As a special treat since it was Inauguration Day we bought a steak that John grilled outside. We served it napped in the leftover mushroom Bourguignon from last week. It was quite spectacular. For my part I made roasted new … Continue reading

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Hoppin’ John and collard greens. 1/1/21

Happy New Year’s Day! We are starting off this new year with a traditional southern U.S. menu meant to bring good luck and financial security. Black eyed peas are found in many cultures as a good luck harbinger and collard … Continue reading

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Fancy scallops dinner. 12/31/20

Last post, last dinner of 2020! I am hoping for a healthy, happier 2021. Putting 2020 in the rear-view mirror deserves a festive dinner so John and I recreated our favorite from the now defunct Oak City Grill. Scallops always … Continue reading

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