Category Archives: Side Dish

Tuna Pasta Salad

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I made this out of the blue over the weekend after we had our typical green smoothie breakfast (more on this later) and spent some time walking around junk stores trying to find crap for our place while I simultaneously ate all the M&Ms I had in my purse. Continue reading

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Asian Green Beans and Kale Chips

Dungeness crab season recently started, so there was no better idea than for the Potrero crew to get together for a meal of crab, garlic noodles and other PPQ-inspired dishes — and some other delights (like bacon-wrapped mochi) — on a day that started out quite blustery and ended up being quite nice (and us gleefully drenched in champagne). To help the cause, S and I brought the sides of greens (Asian green beans and kale chips) and a giant bottle of this year’s Anchor Steam Christmas and New Year’s Ale.

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Cuban-Style Yellow Rice

Nagi hosted a Cuban-style meal, complete with the Versailles-inspired “Famous Garlic Chicken” and roast pork, so I added a small contribution by making the accompanying rice. To go along with the theme, I had no choice but to make the rice that I always see served at Cuban restaurants – it’s usually a vibrant yellow-orange color and slightly piquant in taste. The color comes from the annatto seeds, which are produced by Achiote trees, native to the tropical Americas. The flavor reflects the annatto, which I didn’t have on hand, along with a few other spices. Luckily, I found annatto in both ground (which I opted for) and seed form nearby (Whole Foods saves the day again).

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Lemon/Lime Cilantro Chicken


At the BBQ my roommate KC hosted a couple weeks ago, his friend marinated and grilled some chicken that turned out quite well. Since I had a handful of lemons and some cilantro on hand, I tried to recreate the magic, or at least approximate it.
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Dongchimi Guksu (White Radish Kimchi with Noodles)

Dongchimi is a mild form of kimchi made from giant white radishes (pictured below) pickled in a briny, watery broth.  I just discovered on Wikipedia that the northern regions of Korea are known for dongchimi, which is traditionally made in the winter when white radishes are in season. Continue reading

Pureed Carrots/Carrot Soup

Having a fridge full of carrots and an open container of chicken stock, I decided to make carrot soup.  Midway through the soup-making, I realized that I own none of the following: a blender, a food processor, a Magic Bullet ™, or a potato masher.  I was also getting hungry, and my arms were tired from all the push-ups/pull-ups/ballet I’ve been doing since I quit my job.  The result: pureed carrots.  They were delicious.

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Potrero Progressives: Shrimp-Stuffed Deviled Eggs and Mushroom “Caviar” on Toast Points


I think all of us suffer from our own form of haji, i.e. the inability to have people over at your house without stuffing them full of food, notwithstanding the 3 courses that will follow.

So I made deviled eggs, a relatively new discovery for me.  Until I became friends with Eric and Stacy, I’m not sure I ever ate a deviled egg in my life.  The shrimp-stuffed ones in New Orleans were simply ridiculous.  I also considered my recent obsession with mushrooms and made a little minced bite on toast.

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