Ubuntu Restaurant, Napa, CA – Restaurant Review

I first heard about Ubuntu when Chef Jeremy Fox won a Best New Chef award from Food and Wine in 2008. I was thrilled to hear that a restaurant was cooking vegetables at that level, and simultaneously despondent that I wouldn't be able to make it to Napa anytime soon. When Sarina and I planned …

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Spicy Tomatillo Salsa aka Salsa Verde – Recipe

Green tomatillo salsa, aka salsa verde. Most people are familiar with it, but never make it. We think it only comes in jars or somehow magically appears at Mexican restaurants. It actually is ridiculously easy to do at home and tastes way better than the pre-packaged version. Once you've got it, you can serve it …

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Jewish Christmas Tamales

The Christmas season is a funny time of year for us Jews. Hannukah was a couple of weeks ago, so now while everyone who is Christian is running around buying last minute gifts and then settling in for family visits, we’re mostly chilling at home and trying to figure out how we can survive without …

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Raspberry-Blueberry Buckle – Recipe

A long time ago (the late nineties) in a galaxy far, far away (Milwaukee), I used to play a lot of pool. One Pocket was my game, but I also played a lot of Nine Ball. In Nine Ball as long as you hit the lowest numbered ball first, you win on any shot that …

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Cheese Battered Onion Rings and Stout Chocolate Malt – Recipe

I don't eat onion rings nearly enough, considering how much I love them. I guess I'm eating in the wrong restaurants. In fact I think maybe onion rings could be the next big 15 minute trend in fine dining (unless I already missed that one while I was cooking my Cheerios sous vide).

Anyhow, I …

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Summer Salad Amuse Bouche – Recipe

Only worth doing if you have a garden, or at least farmer’s market produce from today. Super simple but a pretty amazing pop of gazpacho-like flavor in your mouth.

Finely diced Kirby cucumberPeas in their pod, thinly sliced – keep just the slices that have both pod and seedPeeled cherry tomatoTiny lemon basil leavesMaldon (aka …

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Quinoa Cakes With A Farmer’s Market Riot – Recipe

On the way home from the farmer's market, Sarina and I joked that I wouldn't be able to resist playing with the molecular gastronomy toys, turning the zucchini into gel, the tomatoes into powder, spherifying the cukes and making the corn into a tableside sorbet with liquid nitrogen. But it was just a joke. With …

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