how to make gravlax

How to Make Gravlax

September 23, 2010 · 39 comments

**please keeping voting for homeroom to help us win $10,000 – only a few days left. It takes 5 seconds flat! You can vote BOTH through facebook here, AND through the DailyCandy site here. That’s 2 votes a day!**

Okay. Back to business (but really, please vote! This $10K can make the difference between us making our budget or not.)

Funny how things change. Isn’t it?

If you would have told me one year ago that I’d be opening a restaurant–a mac and cheese restaurant, with a girl I hardly knew–I would have laughed. Really, who does that?

And now it’s fall again, and I put an extra layer on when I walk Ema in the mornings. But I’m not sitting behind a desk. I’m sitting at a cafe, at 9:30am, trying to finish this post so I can continue my search for used equipment. Who would have thought…

Think about it. What aspect of your life did you not expect? Is there anything that makes you think, “Damn. I never saw that coming.”

No? Really? Well maybe that should be somewhat of a priority. Make a change, even a small one, and see how it feels. Plant a garden, start running, take up yoga–start anything that can grow and evolve, and see what happens one year from today. Who knows, maybe you have gift you never knew about.

There are constants in my life though. Things I can count on to stay the same. Alejandro, my most important constant . . . and this gravlax recipe. I have wanted to make this recipe for ages– since I first saw it in Saveur.

And now, a year later, I made gravlax. Damn good gravlax. And I’m opening a restaurant. Who knew?

Keeping reading…


candy corn

daily candy (corn)

September 12, 2010 · 41 comments

It’s kinda clever, don’t you think?

At first I wasn’t sure how to go about this. How to ease into the big favor I wanted to ask all of you. Then Erin mentioned a candy recipe, and I thought, huh, maybe that is the way…

So here’s the favor. Homeroom–you know, the mac + cheese restaurant we’ve been trying to open for months and months–is up for an award by the website DailyCandy. They nominated us as one of the top four new food businesses in the US. Can you believe it? And if we win, we get $10,000 to put toward the restaurant, plus a trip to NYC for a small business seminar. And believe me, we really need the money (small business advice would be nice too).

But we can’t win without votes from you. So, as a favor to me, even if you’ve never had our mac and cheese, please vote for homeroom on the DailyCandy site, or through their facebook page. And in return, I promise to keep churning out creative recipes using all kinds of local, seasonal goods.

keep reading…


Tomatoes, Eggs and Sweet Habaneros

August 18, 2010
tomatoes and eggs

I can’t stop eating tomatoes. Really. I can’t. Maybe you’ve figured that out since they’ve been featured in my last three posts. But this time of year, tomatoes taste like tomatoes. A tangy punch, a juicy crunch, and an aroma that is just as sweet as a peach. So now I’m having tomatoes for breakfast, [...]

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Big Bold Summer Soup

August 5, 2010
Summer Soup

**homeroom update: We’ll be cooking mac and cheese at the Underground Farmers’ Market in Oakland this Saturday from 5pm-11pm. Live music, beer, and 40 food vendors! Details at** An interesting thing happened the other day. I was cooking, as usual, when I realized how long it was since Alejandro and I went out to [...]

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A tomato. A brick. A chicken.

July 22, 2010

Maybe you’ve felt gypped lately. I can’t really blame you. I’ve been a bit stingy with the recipes. I wish I could find a quicker way to get these posts up. Each one just takes so much time–and I love doing it– but I can’t seem to find the time to post as much as [...]

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Little Mac Gets a New Name

July 16, 2010
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I know, I know – I made you wait sooo long! But here it is. Our new name… homeroom Before I tell you the significance of the name, I quickly want to say that on July 24th, from 6pm – midnight, we’ll be cooking up mac and cheese at the SF Underground’s Farmers’ Market at [...]

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Sweet corn, chilies and burrata over fettucini

July 5, 2010
Corn, chilies and burrata over fettucini

I felt pretty darn lucky this week My friend Daniel, a talented graphic designer (he designed the local lemons logo) and photographer, had the opportunity to photograph Alice Waters last week. Alice Waters! I know I mention her often, but my cooking really wouldn’t be the same without her influence. I adore all her recipes, [...]

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Salted Blueberry Agave Milkshake

June 26, 2010
Blueberry Milkshake

How did I let this happen? How did I let all these weeks go by without a single post? I hope I still know how to do this. Maybe it’s just like riding a bike… I’m thinking you are all dying to know what we decided to name the restaurant. Can you believe it – [...]

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