Category Archives: hearty

Hunger Challenge Day Five

I wake up resigned. It’s Saturday and I feel a little depressed. I start thinking about all my friends the farmers’ market vendors. Will they wonder where I am? I sure miss them. The farmers’ market is my church, my favorite place in the world to be. I don’t know what to do with myself [...]
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Cooking for the Hunger Challenge

All culinary traditions have ways to make small amounts of food stretch. I wanted to borrow from a few different traditions just to experience the range of different types of foods that can be made cheaply. And I didn’t want to get bored.  My big plans involve my family’s Serbian stuffed cabbage, some enchiladas, and [...]
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Vittles for the Great Outdoors: Camping Food

What do you eat while you’re camping? Do you go easy and already prepared? Do you make up soups, stews, chilis ahead? Do you grill? Do you plan to the last detail or do you wing it? Camping food is one of the best things about camping, in my opinion. A week or so ahead [...]
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Homemade Buckwheat Pasta with Cabbage, Bacon, Brown Butter, and Sage

You wouldn't know it was June from what we've been eating around here. It's cold in the Bay Area this week. Creepily so. So Sunday night I figured why not test a recipe from the book that fits the "season"? Sorry about the heinous picture in bad light but I wanted to get down to [...]
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Hunger Challenge Pinto Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

Sorry about the not nice photo. It might not look it, but this was the best tasting and most filling recipe I’ve made yet for the Hunger Challenge. It didn’t leave me wishing for something else to eat immediately and was super simple to make. I also believe that it has literally the most nutritional [...]
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Hunger Challenge Recipe: Cabbage and Potato Casserole

I like to think I have an ancestral way with cabbage due to my Slavic genes. For this recipe I challenged myself to use some of the items the food bank gets a lot of in one dish—namely cabbage, carrot pieces, onions, and cottage cheese. Sounds like a casserole in the making to me! So [...]
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SF Food Bank Hunger Challenge: Enjoy your lentils, but no caffeine for you!

Ok, so this Hunger Challenge thing…kind of fun really. I like a challenge. I like being resourceful and cooking with what’s available. Until I realize: WHERE’S MY COFFEE?? Ok, now this is bad. I’ll admit, I’m not really strictly doing the Hunger Challenge for a whole week. More like developing some recipes (and of course [...]
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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut

This particular kitchen project started out as a way to use a quart jar of sauerkraut that was over-fermented enough that it needed to be cooked, but it became a quest for a childhood flavor memory. My mother used to make Serbian stuffed cabbage dish called sarma and I’d always meant to make it. My [...]
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Easy Bean and Sausage Gratin

When I was working for the recipes for the Heirloom Bean Book with Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo, my diet changed a lot. With a little planning, I found that it’s pretty easy to soak and cook dried beans once or twice a week. Once they’re cooked and in your fridge, they can become the [...]
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