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July 2, 2020

Kookoo, a springtime tradition | The Mixing Bowl

I have seen so many cauliflower recipes lately that they appear to be the vegetable of the year. Since they are still barely in season, I’m going to present kookoo, an Iranian vegetable egg pie similar to omelets, frittatas or quiches. This...

Lion’s Head Meatballs | The Mixing Bowl

lion's head meatballs
This meatball recipe evolved hundreds of years ago in Huai’an, China, at a crossroads where northern traders, who were bringing their goods south along the Grand Canal, met southern traders who had traveled north by road. The 30-mile distance from the...

Lazy morning sticky buns | The Mixing Bowl

Have you ever watched a magician and wondered, “How does she do that?” I feel that way about food. Given the importance of food in our lives, references to it are almost everywhere although if you have ever read a Dan Brown...

Bakery Crinkle Citrus Cookies

Bakeries have been the center of neighborhoods and communities for thousands of years, whether it’s Indian chapatis, Arabian pita, French baguettes, Chinese steamed buns, Mexican pan dulce, Ethiopian injera, San Francisco sourdough bread, and the list goes on. Not everyone could...

Spring Cauliflower, lemon and mint salad | The Mixing Bowl

The most beautiful, creamy, white cauliflowers have been coming out of the fields and it’s worth taking advantage of their arrival. Joining cauliflowers this spring are lemons and mint.  This salad is one way to celebrate the season and its wealth....

Martian pancakes for Earthlings | The Mixing Bowl

This pancake is so green it almost glows. It’s made from spinach, zucchini and Napa cabbage, so it’s no surprise. Although the vegetables don’t impart a lot of flavor, sweet pickled ginger and the seaside aroma of dashi stock do. This...

Royal cookies | The Mixing Bowl

coconut cookies
This is my favorite cookie recipe by far. In my opinion, they are all that a cookie should be. They are sweet and rich, but also contain oatmeal and surprisingly not as much butter as most cookies do. It is the...

Anime or Malaysian style Curry Buns | The Mixing Bowl

Curry buns, sometimes called kare pan, are popular street food sold across Asia from India to Japan. Like a lot of portable food, it can be eaten without utensils or plates making a nice lunch to take to work or on...

Traditional casserole of the Americas

In South America, you would recognize this dish, Pastel de Choclo, as a popular family casserole. To me, it resembles the classic 1950’s American Tamale Pie that appeared at least monthly on the Ringler family dinner table when we lived in Bakersfield....

Sticky sweets from the Philippines | The Mixing Bowl

I’m dazzled by all the flours that have come onto the markets these days.  As well as the usual wheat, rye, buckwheat, barley and corn, varieties I have never heard of like spelt, teff, amaranth, oat, flaxseed and...
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Central Coast untouched in Newsom’s clampdown on bars, restaurants

SACRAMENTO—California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered bars and restaurants in 19 counties to close their indoor dining options for at least...