Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8

November 8 by kitchenbeard
November 8, a photo by kitchenbeard on Flickr.

I haven't done a self portrait with my big camera in a long time. It's just been too easy to do them with my iphone. I had the lights up for a food shot and the camera on the tripod so I jumped in the corner.

Monday, October 24, 2011

braised beef shanks on polenta


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Herbed Heirloom Tomato and Goat Curd Tart


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011


I've been woefully negligent about posting here. Last week end I ran around the Mission taking pictures learning to use my new lens. gate This face is actually about 1" tall. _MG_0035

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cleaning Out the Fridge Bread Pudding

It happens. You’ve been hitting the farmers markets and you’ve got left over bits filling up your fridge and you really don’t want to let them go to waste.

This is where I found myself this week end. Two kinds of bread from Acme Bakery, leeks and herbs from the Castro farmers market, cheese from Rainbow Grocery, eggs from Golden Produce and left over duck fat from Marin Sun Farms all were crowding my fridge. I needed to use all this up somehow before it went bad. Individually I didn’t have enough for a meal and the bread had gone stale to the point that it could have been used as a weapon. Yet, if I used them together, I realized they would make a nice savory bread pudding to fill me up on a chilly and foggy San Francisco evening.

Cleaning Out the Fridge Bread Pudding

The measurements in this recipe are guesses since I used what I had on hand. Use it as a template for your own left overs. This would also do well at brunch with the addition of browned sausage in place of the duck fat.

3 cups of cubed stale bread (I used sourdough and walnut)
4 table spoons of dried herbs (I had thyme, sage and rosemary)
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz cottage cheese
3 leeks, washed and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup duck fat
6 eggs, beat
2 oz reclette cheese, cubed
Butter as needed.
Salt and pepper as needed

1)Preheat oven to 350.
2)Mix herbs into cream and bring to a simmer. Remove form heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
3)Mix bread with cream and cottage cheese and set aside for 30 minutes.
4)Sautee leeks and garlic in duck far into just beginning to brown. Add to bread mixture. Mix in eggs and cheese. Allow to sit for another 10 minutes to allow bread to fully absorb liquid.
5)Butter a baking dish and pour in bread mixture. Place baking dish on baking sheet to catch any overflow.
6)Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until firm in the middle and a nice comes out almost clean. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Orecchietti with Dandelion Greens

My latest Examiner article is up:
Spring Greens; Orecchietti with Dandelion Greens

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hangtown Fry

Hangtown Fry by kitchenbeard
Hangtown Fry a photo by kitchenbeard on Flickr.

Hangtown Fry

My latest Examiner article is up:
SF Historical Eat: The Hangtown Fry


Monday, January 10, 2011


Originally uploaded by kitchenbeard
I came home and found the dishes from last night's dinner sitting in the sun, as if waiting for me.