Of course, you could whip up your standard three-course, family sit-down extravaganza, but you’re a pinch of sea salt short on time.
We asked Elisabeth Prueitt, a San Francisco mom who also happens to be the proprietor of Bar Tartine, what she makes for her family in a crunch. Her answer: chicken with tomato, olives, and lemon, using ingredients she has on hand. And now it’s yours.
Chicken with Tomato, Olives, and Lemon
4 slices bacon
1 sm. onion, sliced
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper (Have the butcher cut the chicken into eight pieces and save the back and neck for stock.)
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 c. tomato sauce (or equivalent crushed fresh tomatoes)
2 c. water
½ pt. olives, pitted (any good kind)
1/3 lemon, thinly sliced
4 2-inch sprigs fresh thyme
1. In a pan, cook bacon to your liking, adding onion halfway through.
2. Remove bacon and onion; set aside. In the same pan, brown chicken on both sides.
3. Drain excess fat from pan. Add remaining ingredients, including bacon and onion, cover, and simmer over low heat until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
4. Serve and enjoy.
Bar Tartine, 561 Valencia Street, between 16th and 17th Streets (415-487-1600 or bartartine.com).
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The Velveteen Rabbit
What: Puppets enact the story of a boy, his stuffed bunny, and the power of love.
Why: Wishes do come true.
When: Thru Nov. 27. Showtimes online at fairyland.org.
Where: Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., at Lake Merritt, Oakland (510-452-2259). Admission to the park is $8 for adults and children; babies are free.
What: A colorful pop-up store selling Petit Collage’s one-of-a-kind dolls and folk-modern accessories for tots’ rooms.
Why: Deck the nursery.
When: Thru Nov. 21. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Zinc Details, 1905 Fillmore St., b/t Pine & Bush Sts. (415-776-2100).
TheatreWorksUSA’s Charlotte’s Web
What: An up-tempo, hour-long rendition of E.B. White’s barn-based friendship tale.
Why: For the love of spiders.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., b/t Presidio Ave. & Walnut St. (415-292-1200). Tickets at 415-292-1233 or online at tickets.jccsf.org. Public, $24; members, $22; children under 12, $18.
Photo: Courtesy of Elisabeth Prueitt