It took me a while to fall in love with San Francisco. In fact, it took me a while to even like it.

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Balsamic Eggs with Peaches and Prosciutto

Balsamic Eggs with Peaches and Prosciutto

When I first moved to San Francisco in 2005, I hadn’t made up my mind about it. I wasn’t coming home, specifically, nor was I moving to a city I had long dreamed of living in. In fact, I wanted to stay in San Diego after college but it didn’t feel like the place to grow into my career. I knew I didn’t want to move back to the Northern California suburbs where I had gone to high school, and New York felt a little too far from home. So I landed in San Francisco because it felt like the ‘right’ decision.

I spent about a month living in my parents’ house and riding the train to work in the city before I found an apartment. It, too, wasn’t something I had really thought I wanted. I didn’t know much about the neighborhood (it was hardly on anyone’s radar nearly 10 years ago) and I didn’t exactly swoon over it. But the apartment was spacious and had crown molding (a selling point for my would-be roommate), and most importantly, the price was right.

It took me a while to fall in love with San Francisco. In fact, it took me a while to even like it. I spent a good amount of time mourning my beachy San Diego life, college friends I’d left behind, and the weather. The weather! My first year living here, it rained for 30 straight days, only to transition into a cold, foggy summer. I clung to my flip-flops, which I continued to wear, despite the perpetual 60 degree weather. It went on like this for a while. But I lived in a city people wanted to visit! So nearly every weekend, I hosted friends from all over the country, and slowly, this city started to feel like home.

Balsamic Eggs with Peaches and Prosciutto

The city, this living, breathing, pulsating organism, has become something routine for me. I’m still charmed by its historic Victorians. And I’m still blown away by the beauty of our coast, the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge. I love the incredible wealth of restaurants and coffee shops, farmer’s markets and ice cream. I’ve become somewhat immune to the ‘dirty’ side of city living — annoyed but accepting. I’ve even — dare I say it — grown to appreciate the fog. Even in the summer.

We’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to stay. And to go. And I’m not really sure what we’ll do, in the end. But the last few months, I’ve become acutely aware of just how much I want to appreciate this life. Here in this city. This place that is my home. Where I met my husband. Where I had a baby. Where I’m raising a toddler. Where I’ve worked with some of the brightest people in an industry that — despite criticisms — is a part of billions of people’s lives.

Balsamic Eggs with Peaches and Prosciutto

Balsamic Eggs with Peaches and Prosciutto

This is the sort of flexible meal I love making in the summertime: it relies on the freshest ingredients, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

1 tablespoon of butter plus more, for the pan
4 large eggs
2 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
sliced prosciutto
few handfuls of arugula
reduced balsamic vinegar**
salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Heat about a tablespoon of butter in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted and hot, gently break two eggs over the skillet. Cook until the whites are set and the edges begin to curl up, but yolks are still runny. Remove from the skillet and keep warm as you cook the rest of the eggs. Add more butter, as needed, to the pan.
2. To serve, divide eggs among plates. Next, arrange the arugula, peach slices, and prosciutto around the eggs. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper, then drizzle with a bit of reduced balsamic vinegar. Serve warm.

**I happened to have a jar of thickened, syrupy balsamic vinegar, but you can make your own! Simply add about a half cup of balsamic vinegar to a small pot and bring it to a boil. Dial down the heat and let it cook off for several minutes (or until it’s thickened to your preferred consistency).

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • http://www.yummysupper.blogspot.com/ erin @ yummysupper

    Yes! First off your salad is so up my alley. Just the kind of plate I want for supper (or breakfast or lunch for that matter) every day this time of year!
    I’m sorry that this impending moving transition is being rough on you guys these days. As you’ve said, it’s a brutal time to look for a place to live in the Bay Area. But I do have hope that you and your adorable family will find a good place to nest. I just know it.
    xoxoxo
    E

  • http://www.sassyradish.com Olga Massov

    It took me a VERY long time to like NYC, and now I can’t imagine living elsewhere. We bought in a very blase part of Brooklyn (the one that hasn’t become hip just yet or maybe ever) so that we could have the option of staying a bit longer as our old hood now has a Barneys and an Intermix, to name a few, and we can scarecely afford to breathe there much less rent. I hope you guys figure out a good, workable solution, and that you’re happy with the final outcome. Thinking good thoughts for you! Oh, and hats off to another fellow Russian vodka hater!

  • Heather Christo

    Whatever you decide to do, I promise San Francisco will stay in your heart. I moved from there 12 years ago and still occasionally dream of moving back- it is a beautiful city! And these eggs- no wonder everyone wanted to visit!

  • Nicole Spiridakis

    Oh, San Francisco. I miss it every day. The weather can be crazy but I loved it for that. But if it’s time for you to go I hope you can, and find safe and happy harbor when/where you do. xo

  • Kate Ramos

    These photos are so pretty. San Francisco can be amazing and brutal all at once but it does lie heavy on the amazing.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, lady! I think it’s a tough time to find a new place in the Bay but we are infinitely lucky to be where we are…This salad proves it! xo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Oh, I wish there were any blasé parts of SF left! I’m sure things will work themselves out, as they always do. No to vodka, and yes to your wonderful news!! So happy for you friend.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Oh you live in a pretty marvelous city yourself, lady! I always forget you used to live here :) xoxo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    I’ve (strangely) grown to appreciate our weather, crazy as it may be. I’m bummed we didn’t cross paths while you were in the Bay. Hopefully another time. In the meantime, I’ll look forward to following your adventures! x

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Sure is — as much as great love can be :) x

  • http://londonbakes.blogspot.com Kathryn

    What a beauty of a plate. And, as ever, I so appreciate reading your thoughts about life and the future and what it means to try and put down roots these days. Here’s wishing you happiness in whatever path you end up taking xo

  • http://www.yummysupper.blogspot.com/ erin @ yummysupper

    I really think you guys could love the East Bay. I know it’s not cheap, but you get more space and even yard for the price. And our food over here is pretty incredible;)

    You are so right… your salad is a perfect symbol of why life in the Bay is delicious and hard to leave.
    xoxox
    E

  • http://www.kitchenkonfidence.com Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Mmmm, a plate filled with so many of my favorite things. I’ve never drizzled balsamic over eggs however. Definitely need to try that this week!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    I got the inspiration from Foreign Cinema, a restaurant here in SF. I think they actually cook their eggs in balsamic! mmm

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thank you, Kathryn! I always appreciate your sweet comments! xo

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