I recently enjoyed a quick trip to the San Francisco Bay area, and where better to spend your birthday morning than wandering about Berkeley drinking great coffee and stumbling upon the Berkeley Farmer’s Market—incredible variety of vegetables, fruits, prepared foods, olives, crafts, characters, and great conversations.

Weeks earlier when researching the location for my meeting I discovered that it was, oh yes, one small block away from Chez Panisse, so of course I had to make reservations for a birthday lunch in the upstairs cafe before the meeting.  Chya!  Delicate flavors and a sweet setting, it was all that I had hoped.  That was also the day of seeing the Korean Folk Music Orchestra and experiencing Korean bar food (including the best kimchi I’ve ever eaten) afterwards.  It was A Good Day.


(Thank you, Scott)


“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”

~William Blake



Here are a few last minute ideas if you’re still looking for a fun Thanksgiving dish.



From My Darling Lemon Thyme:


Cabbage, Coriander and Sesame Winter Slaw


Spice Roasted Butternut with Herbed Millet



From Kale and Caramel:


Harissa Butternut Latkes


Pumpkin Mousse with Ginger Caramel


Sage Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cheesy Bread Chunks



From 101 Cookbooks:


Raw Tuscan Kale Salad


Mashed Potatoes (and clouds)


Miso Sesame Winter Squash



From Awesome Cookery:


Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Grapes


Pickled Cumin Carrots


Potato Celeriac Apple Mash


Holiday List #1


Holiday List #2




A little treat from the Beat Museum in North Beach…The Source by Chuck Workman


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