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A Spring Troika — Part 2

Before I get to today’s post, you may have noticed that the title of this food blog changed from “The Spamwise Chronicles” to “Simple Kitchen Seasons”. As I explain on […]

A Spring Troika — Part 1

When you hear the word ‘spring’, I bet the first thing that pops up in your mind isn’t something like ‘fennel’. Something more along the lines of ‘ramps’, or perhaps […]

Mussel Risotto

A risotto such as this one, with flavorful, plump mussels nestled amongst tender grains of Arborio rice, lusciously sweet tomatoes and a fragrant mixture of onion, celery and herbs is […]

Saturday Snapshot

Sorry for the drop-off in posting, as I haven’t been feeling well lately. Hopefully this pic will make up for some lost time. This was shot a couple of weekends […]

Salad Snapshot

Originally, I had planned an appetizer for dinner earlier in the week called “bacon and eggs” — slow-cooked scrambled wild turkey eggs, with caviar and pancetta. Unfortunately, the remaining pancetta […]

Thursday Snapshot

Asparagus salad, polenta cake, wild turkey egg Virtually everything that you see here except for the olive oil in the dressing came from Union Square Greenmarket, in New York City. […]

A Few Small Plates

Here is a small collection of photographs of what I call ‘small plates’ — in reality, they are appetizers or small salads that are sized for one person. Perhaps some […]

Butter, Glorious Butter

When I first went to Bouley, the TriBeCa restaurant headed by David Bouley back in the mid-2000s, I was introduced to what was to me, the strange combination of vanilla, […]

Pasta For Dinner

If you’ve been following this food blog for a while, you may have noticed that there’s an inordinate amount of pasta dishes that appears throughout this blog. That’s because it’s […]

Sardines with Bread Crumbs

Americans aren’t used to eating fresh sardines and anchovies, which is a shame. The difference between a fresh sardine or anchovy and their canned equivalents is literally night and day. […]

Breakfast Snapshot

Spring vegetables, poached wild turkey egg The vegetables consist of asparagus, morel mushrooms and French breakfast radishes. The morels were sautéed in unsalted butter; the asparagus and radishes were briefly […]

Spring Greens

The method detailed in this recipe is probably my favorite way to cook vegetables of all kinds — broccoli, potatoes, beans, carrots, squash, zucchini, spinach … the list goes on […]

Cippolini en Agrodolce

Cippolini en agrodolce are quick-pickled onions in a sweet-and-sour marinade. Unlike many pickles, these onions are not as sour as the vinegar is tempered with sugar. Serve with cured meats […]

Thursday Snapshot

The best type of art is the edible kind. Shaved asparagus salad with roasted shallots, fried herbs and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese