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Video: Cooking with Laurine Wickett and Evernote

Posted by on 28 Oct 2009

Posted by on 28 Oct 2009

laurine-blog2 Website: Left Coast Catering
Twitter: @Leftcoastcater
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Part of Evernote’s Food Month

We recently asked you, our blog readers, to submit some delicious fall recipes. We chose our favorite, clipped it into Evernote, and were off to the farmers market to pick up the ingredients. With goodies in-hand, we met up with Laurine Wickett, chef and owner of Left Coast Catering (and Top Chef contestant), to cook up this great fall meal. Here’s the video of the culinary excitement. The full recipes are below.

By the way, if you’re looking for an awesome Bay Area caterer for an upcoming event, you need to check out Left Coast Catering.


Arugula salad with roasted beets, shaved fennel, toasted hazelnuts and blue cheese
Serves 4

  • 12 oz arugula
  • 16 baby beets ( red, chiogga or gold), or 2 large red beets
  • 1/2 c. blanched hazelnuts – toasted and rough chopped
  • 1 fennel – cut in half, core removed and shaved thin just before using
  • 1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 c. – ½ c. sherry vinaigrette – recipe follows
  • Olive oil to coat the beets
  • Salt and pepper

To prepare the beets, remove the beet greens (if any) and save for another use. Wash and dry beets. Coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in pan and add 1/4 cup water. Cover tightly with foil and roast in the oven at 350F until done. Check after 20 minutes is using baby beets. If using large beets, check after 45 minutes. Beets are done once they can easily be pierced with a sharp knife. Cool, peel and cut into wedges for large beets, in half or quartered for baby beets.

To prepare the salad, mix arugula, beets and fennel with sherry vinaigrette just to coat ingredients, season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning. Top with chopped nuts and crumbled cheese

Sherry Vinaigrette
Makes 1 cup

  • 1/4 c. sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 t. honey
  • 1/2 t. dijon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • pinch of pepper

Combine honey, dijon, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk. Mix the oils together. Slowly add in the oil while continuing to wisk until all the oil is added and dressing is emulsified.

Pork and Orange Stew
From: At Home with Michael Chiarello

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into bite-size chunks
  • Gray salt or Citrus salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons NapaStyle Fennel Spice Rub or 2 teaspoons fennel seeds (toasted and ground)
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 6 cups chicken stock or canned low salt chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 12 pearl onions, peeled
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, quartered (stems removed)
  • 12 baby carrots, stemmed
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Gray salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound cooked wide, flat noodles
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Full recipe is available at

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23 Comments RSS

  • Jeff

    Please mix up your blog posts with some uses of Evernote BESIDES recipes and food.

  • Brandon

    I’m with Jeff. Geesh guys. For an emerging company with a great product, you sure are positioning it poorly.

  • Brandon

    I should add: I realize it’s Food Month. But does that mean for a month that’s the ONLY thing you teach us about getting the most out of your product?

    • Andrew Sinkov

      @Brandon @Jeff Thanks for the feedback. The theme months are a new concept that we’re trying out. It’s important to keep in mind that although the uses we have focused on are food-related, they are hardly food-specific. Aside from this post, which is exclusively focused on the recipe/cooking use, stories from this month have included using Evernote to digitize a prized family journal, how a blogger uses Evernote to save ideas and inspirations, ways to capture and share memories from a vacation, and how Evernote helps a small business function.

      The goal of our theme months is to help Evernote users find the common thread with their own lives and needs. We’re certainly open to comments and suggestions on how we can make these things more effective.

      • trailsnet

        I especially like the idea of using Evernote to help me organize my blog posts. My blog deals with destination trails (specializing in bike trails) around the U.S. and world. So each week I try to focus on different trails, human powered vehicles to use on the trails, etc.
        What with pictures, text files, website links, and new blog ideas, I’m hoping Evernote can help me organize all my ideas and content.
        I’d appreciate any and all suggestions you guys have to offer.

      • Merrill Guice

        I am reminded of an early Dilbert cartoon where the dumb guy points at Dilbert’s computer and says, “you know, you can keep recipes on this thing.”

        If you are going to give us tips, then let’s have something a little higher level than a Dilbert cartoon. Like suggested tags, templates, clipping tips, and so forth related to saving recipes.

        I do cook at home and have transferred a lot of recipes (along with most of my life) into Evernote. I was disappointed in this content.

  • Fernanda Gomez

    Nice recipe 🙂

  • Jeff

    I haven’t seen much when it comes to the use of Evernote for I.T. I think you should target I.T. professionals more. Here’s why:

    Many I.T. people need to keep very specific notes on computer processes, coding, equipment, etc. I’m not an I.T. person but I do use computers for a lot of prcesses in which I need to keep track of many steps. I use Evernote to take screen shots of the application I’m using and each step it involves. WHat’s awesome is that later on, sometimes months later, I need to run that specific process in sequence again.. All I have to do is search Evernote for key words that the process involved and bingo! There are my screen shots thanks to Evernote’s amazing ability to recognize words within images.

    ALso, I don’t do much computer programming or coding, however from time to time I do cobble SQL code and other things together that help me do my thing. However since I don’t program often enough to really remember how to do things, when I do put together some scripts or whatever I keep the code in Evernote. Again, I can find all my specific code quickly as needed thanks to Evernote’s key word search.

    And what’s more, ALL of this is available to me whereever I am…because Evernote is server-based I can get what I need from whatever computer or mobile device I need it from. Some people who don’t integrate computers into their lives as much as I.T. people do might not understand the full implications and “insane usefulness” of this central note server system. I.T. people would be ALL OVER Evernote even more than they already are, if you advertised more examples of all of this.

    I also think I.T. people are much more prone to put the “rest of their lives” into this single Evernote central note server system. I.T. people are naturally looking for this type of innovation, but I know few I.T. people who use Evernote yet. I’m sure you know many who do, but so far Evernote isn’t really FULLY understood as a perfect tool for I.T. professionals. It seems as though Evernote is being marketed more for people to simply “remember the milk”. It is so much more than that, but I think you need to specifically advertise in the I.T. world a bit more (or a LOT more).

    Anyway, that’s my $0.02. Bottom line is, I LOVE, I mean absolutely LOVE Evernote. It is probably THE most useful computer tool I have ever known. It took me a while to figure out how “insanely useful” it is (I was a former GOogle Notes user) but once I came to understand how it all works, Evernote has become my close companion at all times for all purposes….including but not limited to food.

  • jewellersbrighton

    I hope the dish will be very tasty. Thanks for giving the clear information.

  • Stormrider99

    This vinaigrette recipe is absolutely fantastic, hats off!

  • Snowbound

    I used to use Evernote alot more. However times change and with an o/s reinstall and migration to Windows 7, the installation of Evernote has fallen by the wayside as I rarely use it now.

  • Josh

    The comments act as though these food examples are the only use cases you’ve ever referred to. People: there are tons of ideas out there about Evernote. Try this:

  • Deb

    Looks like a tasty meal but too many ingredients for me to bother with; 5 is my tops otherwise can’t be bothered. Cooking takes way too much time given the eating part is what we’re all after (4 minutes to eat meal that took an hour to prep/cook? no way.

  • Scott Moore

    Wow this looks like an awsome meal. I really like the fact that you can see it being made just like on tv but if you need to stop the vidoe or go back you are able to do so. This makes it much eaiser to follow. I can’t wait to suprise my wife and make this for her.

  • Kathy

    Great job Laurine!! loved the recipes!

  • Larry

    There are more serious subjects certainly but I’ve enjoyed the recipe organization presentation.

  • Barbara

    I know folks like to grumble, but….Get a grip. Let’s be more positive, pls.

    Evernote is great for all kinds of things and they just chose to feature food. It’s fun and interesting. So I’ll add my little 2 cents to say thanks and I enjoyed the recipe.

    Grumblers should simply put their own ideas up to show the other kinds of uses. My favorite use was the Boston schoolteacher using Evernote with his classes!

  • maxwell382

    great video. i love cooking and it seems like it taste good.

  • sJ

    Thanks Evernote for the focus on food this month. I’m always bombarded with new geek ways of using great web 2.0 technology, but let’s be honest, we all eat and ways to make that process easier is useful for not just geeks, but EVERyone! 🙂

  • Johanna Simpson

    Very nice recipe!, i love cooking… i think i know what i’m making for dinner.
    Thank you!

  • Jay

    I have not got Evernote yet, I’ve just been searching around to see what its about and found this. So you can write a recipe down, then read it again… wow! Don’t think I’ll bother then, will stick to 2do or similar.

  • Shane Phillips

    i loved the video but how come u didnt make more than one for food month. i like using evernote to take pics of movies that i saw and rate them on a scale 1-10 and rate or buy if i want to watch it again

  • appetite suppressant foods

    Wow, looks so good. Laurine should join master chef competition and win it.