Archive for September, 2007

Party at the Farm

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

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Thanks to everyone who attended Kathleen’s 2nd birthday. It was really nice to have the party outdoors for a change! The weather was great and I know it wouldn’t be too long before it starts to cool down again here in the Bay Area.

Kamille and Kathleen had a wonderful time exploring Ardenwood State Reserve and playing party games with the kids. As always, Anna and I enjoyed preparing the food and your company. I apologize for not taking as much photos as I usually do, but I hope you enjoyed the grilled treats. Thanks to Mitch and Tony, our expert corn strippers (or is it dehusker’s?) and everyone who transported stuff to and from the parking lot (a truly manual labor of love). And most of all, double kudos for the brave souls who induldged with my chili. We are currently tracking bug reports for Version 3.


Sight and Sound

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

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Sunday, September 9th, 2007


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Seven Cheese Pizza

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007


Here’s a quick and easy pizza I made today since I’ve been wanting to try out the
intriguing ready-made organic pizza dough I’ve been seeing at stores. We usually make ours from scratch with the help of a bread maker but it takes a lot of time and effort. We’d usually come up with 2 or 4 big pizza pans of thin crust for these occasions and preparation time takes about 2 hours.

These couple of weeks we have a pair of plants that have been producing tomatoes like crazy (an ‘Ace’ and a variant of ‘Big Beef’) from Viva Gardens. For some reason, I can’t seem to get enough of the aroma of fresh basil this past week.


  • 9-inch corn meal crust pizza from Vicolo
  • Ragu Homemade Style pizza Sauce
  • Sargento 6 Cheese Italian (mozarella, smoked provolone, asiago, parmesan, romano and fontina)
  • 2 havarti deli slices from Dofino
  • Fresh tomato sliced
  • Fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 mild italian sausage from New York Style Sausage Company
  • Pepper flakes (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)

I preheated the oven to 425 deg F and baking time takes about 15 minutes or so. I then layered a generous amount of pizza sauce on the crust followed by the 6 cheese italian mix with torn pieces of havarti deli slice. I then placed the slices of tomatoes and chopped basil on that followed by the italian sausage then another slice of havarti.

The havarti melted nicely and blended pretty well with the Ace tomato which has relatively low acid content (just right for breakfast). The corn meal crust was crisp and not as greasy as the ones we usually make and tasted better than most ready made doughs we see at groceries. As it turns out, these are made next door over at Hayward and the New York style sausage we used was actually made by a company in Sunnyvale. I guess you could say this is an authentic Bay Area pizza.

As Borat used to say, “wawa-wee-wa”!


San Francisco on National Geographic Traveler

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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