Cioppino

For six years, my husband and I lived in the Bay Area near some old, dear family friends. The combination of Portuguese heritage and a home in the hills of Berkeley, meant that the kitchen of our friend's mom was the place I most wanted to be. Every year during Dungeness crab season, Jan cooked … Continue reading Cioppino

Falafel & Lavash

If you're at all like me, then you're the type of person that eats the same thing over and over until you're so sick of it you hope that you never see it again. Right now, falafel is my main squeeze, and we're far from over. Because it's been at least a day since I've … Continue reading Falafel & Lavash

Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is quintessential southern comfort food. Nilla wafers, layers of bananas, and a thick custard topped with a toasty meringue. It's old-fashioned goodness, best served in little mason jars. This is totally your grandmother's banana pudding, except, you know, cooked using stored solar thermal energy. The Sun Bucket started at 329 C (624 °F). … Continue reading Banana Pudding

Coq Au Vin

Despite being a Wednesday evening, I decided that I really needed to make coq au vin. This is not exactly a quick, 30-minute meal for a busy weeknight, but I was not to be deterred. I was already picturing the shocking purple hue of chicken swimming in a sea of wine and cognac, with pearl … Continue reading Coq Au Vin

Polenta & Chicken with a Balsamic Pan Sauce

There comes a time in every child's life when they decide that protesting their dinner is worth sitting at the table for an inordinate amount of time. I remember my first sit-in, and to this day have not taken another bite of Chicken à la King. For one of my sisters, it was lima beans. … Continue reading Polenta & Chicken with a Balsamic Pan Sauce