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Tomatoes for President // BLT: Homemade naturally-leavened sourdough (whole grain @GristandToll Star, T85, and ABC), scratch mayo, @the_garden_of_ speckled romaine, @coastalfarmssp heirloom tomato, and Nueske's bacon from @acabutchershop. // Galette: A weekend experiment that included fromage blanc, garlic confit, a mix of cherry tomatoes, and some thyme. My flaky all-butter pastry dough is in the archives (increase the salt a bit for savory uses). No tricks, no machines, and the texture has never failed me. Respect the gluten and it will show you layers of love. Sourced: cherry tomatoes from Harry's Berries and @kongthao03, thyme from @schanerfarmstand, garlic from Milliken Family Farms, olive oil from Trattore Wines and Dry Creek Olive Company

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Before + After // Japanese eggplant from Kong Thao (found at the Santa Monica Farmers Market). It's hard to describe just how delicious and smoky these are. Still tweaking a dip recipe for the blog, but the process thus far involves charring, removing the flesh, draining, then roasting in the oven. Aiming to concentrate the flavors without veering into gloppy territory. My cook's note is that I like to weigh the eggplant and flesh at every step. These aubergine beauties are full of water so it's helpful to understand how much liquid is being extracted from start to finish. In general, I weigh everything right down to ounces of chips and cheese per layer of nachos. My scale is my red stapler. I'll set the building on fire if you move my scale. #kindofjk

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Nachos + Chain Gang Chili + 2 Poached Eggs at Jimtown Store. Always on the list when visiting Healdsburg. Jimtown also sells (and ships) their chips and I have yet to find a better texture, flavor, or shelf-life in L.A. stores. Some folks buy fancy purses, I mail-order chips. #musthaveeats http://ift.tt/2etOT3V

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Saturday morning at the Healdsburg Farmers' Market. These beautiful jalapeños from Blue Leg Farms are destined for some skillet cornbread. Also picked up poblanos from Soda Rock Farm and some perfect min-kid jalapeños from Preston Farm and Winery. Peppers are like hugs - can't have too many. #happiestplaceonearth #Sonoma http://ift.tt/2vhAbUH

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On our way to Sonoma with The Silver Lining. But first, an obligatory road trip stop. #burgerasbigasanAirstream #adventuresinTheSilverLining http://ift.tt/2wKIzvs

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Seen while standing in line at Menotti's. The woman sitting at the table was wearing headphones but wanted to offer up the extra seat even though her space was small. Gonna turn up this vibe. #youcantotallysharemytable http://ift.tt/2ifBNZ9

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Farmer Mike of @cironefarms is bringing the flavor and color at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The red bartletts are delicious and those 80s-colored plums in the background are wow interesting. I was snacking on one today and realized it tastes very specifically like...almond paste. To me at least. My brain and tastebuds were struggling to make sense of it. Always a must-visit stand.http://ift.tt/2vMlRT2

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The "Speckenwolf" from @robertaspizza...made to spec. Including some notes for anyone who might like to pick up the Roberta's cookbook and make this pie. // I used a 7 1/2 ounce 36-hour naturally-leavened dough ball. The pizza recipe doesn't specify a weight for the mushrooms (says "small handful") so I went with 70 grams which is 4-5 caps. I think it needs more than that since the liquid from the fungi is part of the "sauce". Also, you want the speck to be very thin. This pi...zza turned out to be quite nice, but I'd like a thinner meat next time. The red onions make it so don't short the amount, and be generous with the oregano as the recipe suggests. Baked around 800+ in our Roccbox Wood & Gas Fired Oven. I recommend using Baking Steel's products if you want to make this in the oven. // Sourced: speck from @baycitiesitaliandeli, red onion from @windrosefarm, olive oil from Trattore Wines and Dry Creek Olive Company, mozz from Andrew's Cheese Shop, pizza dough c/o #MoominTheStarter http://ift.tt/2fnnLUa

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Making @robertaspizza's "Millenium Falco" tonight with naturally-leavened dough c/o #MoomintheStarter. The recipe calls for homemade sausage so I stopped by @acabutchershop and picked up some freshly ground pork. Always grateful for the local folks who provide such excellent ingredients - helps me put good food on the table. On the Roberta's note, I'm still perplexed that I didn't realize they had a cookbook until a few months ago. One of my all-time favorite spots. #churchofpie #maytheforcebewithme http://ift.tt/2hA3BXB

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Young ginger is a new-to-my-kitchen ingredient. Similar to green garlic, young ginger is a milder version of its more mature sibling. The real question is, what *can't* you use this lovely and subtle modified storage stem in? (Not a root, just learned that.) The day after buying the ginger, I received Samin Nosrat's #SaltFatAcidHeat in the mail. When I flipped that beautiful 462pg cookbook open, it landed on her fresh ginger cake. I respect the book and had no intention to skip ahead, but the Universe is clearly suggesting otherwise. So there's that. http://ift.tt/2vBONxP

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New Recipe: Garlic Confit is up on the blog. https://www.chiceats.com/rec…/gjelina-how-uses/garlic-confit I'm not sure if anyone has written an ode to garlic confit, but if I was a poet, I might just pen one. This is a recipe from the Gjelina cookbook - 4 ingredients, 10 minutes of prep, and an hour of cooking time. Minimal effort for a fantastic ingredient. #confitofallthethings // Sourced: heirloom garlic from Milliken Family Farms, thyme from @SchanerFarmstand and @maggies_farm, olive oil from Trattore Wines and Dry Creek Olive Company

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The tomatoes at @coastalfarmssp are Genuwine-ly beautiful. Took home some San Marzanos for sauce and Cherokee heirlooms for salads and sandwiches. I asked The Google about the Genuwine variety and apparently it's a cross between Brandy Wine and Costoluto Genovese. #topproducemodel http://ift.tt/2h3Qfmb

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Marinated chicken skewers using an adapted recipe from @SeriousEats + some naturally-leavened naan made in our @Roccbox. Working two fires over the weekend. #likealady // Sourced: grape cherry tomatoes from @kongthao03, onions from @windrosefarm, Fresno chiles from @flora_bella_farm, chicken from @acabutchershop, garlic from Milliken family farms, lemons from @jjslonedaughterranch http://ift.tt/2uqIwDC

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Saturday morning @smfms. These beautiful grape cherry tomatoes from @kongthao03 are destined for skewers along with some of his Fresno chiles and other grillable eats. The tomatoes are firm and hold up really well over a flame. #cookoutside #tomatoesforpresident http://ift.tt/2vMqKZg

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New Recipe: Homemade Charcoal Wheat Pasta Dough is up on the blog - https://www.chiceats.com/…/homemade-charcoal-wheat-pasta-do…. Included are step-by-step photos and instructions, musings on salt, as well as some tips on how water, egg yolks, and egg whites impact the texture of your pasta. It's a bit of a word avalanche, but don't let that deter you from putting together a beautiful plate of scratch noodles. Making pasta is very easy - 20 minutes from the time you mix to when the dough goes into the refrigerator for a nap - no machines needed. #foodtherapy

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Shinier than diamonds and they taste better, too. These pretty little Fresnos from @flora_bella_farm are on deck for weekend pizza in the @Roccbox and then it's onward to pickling. Also roasted a few with some Anaheims from @jforganicfarms for hash. #peppersinalltheactualthings http://ift.tt/2v2ok90

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New Recipe Post: Grilled Little Gems with Scratch Blue Cheese Dressing, Cherry Tomatoes, and Nueske's Bacon. (Pickled or raw red onions optional but recommended.) It's the perfect weekend to pick up some beautiful cherry or heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market and make yourself a fancy wedge salad. https://www.chiceats.com/…/grilled-little-gems-scratch-blue… In terms of the blue cheese dressing, after several experiments I ended up with a Goldilocks recipe that requires no...thing more than a fork and bowl to make. Lots of California farmers and artisans sourced in this one so check them out 👇🏻. Happy 4th! #getyourgrillon #cookoutside // Sourced: little gem lettuce from @the_garden_of_ , cherry tomatoes from Harry's Berries, kefir from Organic Pastures- RAW DAIRY, lemons from Polito Family Farms, red onions from @schanerfarmstand, pomegranate vinegar from Trattore Wines and Dry Creek Olive Company, cheese from Andrew's Cheese Shop, Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats bacon from A Cut Above Butcher Shop

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