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Queen of Seasons 3

Baby fennel These beauties are divine. Their flavor is sweeter and more intense than their larger cousins. This is truly a magical time of year. A pity that less than […]

Queen of Seasons 2

Fettucine di verdure unsalted butter extra-virgin olive oil zucchini, diced carrot, diced green beans, trimmed and diced baby fennel, trimmed and diced tomato, seeded and diced parsley, chopped salt Melt […]

Queen of Seasons

Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in the English language. —Henry James. Summer chopped salad — Apricots, plums, tomatoes, heirloom onions, yellow and purple peppers, baby […]

Universal Cureall

“And Tom brought him chicken soup until he wanted to kill him. The lore has not died out of the world, and you will still find people who believe that […]

Sweet Stuff

I have a box of apricots and a carton of blueberries in the frigo. I’ll be making apricot and blueberry crisp this weekend. Probably serve that with vanilla ice cream. […]

Eggs and Potatoes

Homemade mayonnaise 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar, kosher salt, 1 tablespoon tarragon Dijon mustard, 1 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon boiling water. Whisk together first […]

Sunday Lunch

Fettucine with summer tomato sauce The sauce is so simple, it’s almost embarrassing writing the recipe. One small onion, thinly sliced; 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil; 1 pint heirloom tomatoes, […]

Summer’s Bounty

Pan-fried new potatoes with gold cippolini onions; heirloom tomato salad; fresh corn sauteed with sorrel

A Feast for the Senses

Saturday, I had brunch at a friend’s place in Murray Hill. I rarely have Chinese so early in the day, so this was a welcome treat. Beer-batter coated shrimp, spicy […]

Pea Season 2

Pea soup with creme fraiche and chives onion, peeled and thinly sliced carrots, peeled and diced celery, trimmed and diced shelled peas salt, to taste extra-virgin olive oil asparagus stock […]

Pea Season

I picked up a pound and a half of English shelling peas at Union Square Greenmarket yesterday. These have already begun to turn starchy. I had been contemplating making a […]

Not Exactly Quick, Relatively Easy

Pan-roasted Arctic char, slow-cooked tomato sauce, roasted heirloom potatoes unsalted butter Arctic char fillets, about 6 to 8 oz. each kosher salt 1 can crushed tomatoes or 2 lbs. fresh […]

Eggs and Mushrooms

Scrambled eggs with creme fraiche and chives, paired with morels sauteed in butter eggs salt, to taste pepper, to taste crème fraîche chives morels shallot unsalted butter Whisk eggs in […]

Sorrel Stuff

Here’s some red sorrel I bought a couple weeks ago. I’ve been using it in mostly salads and pasta but I want to do something else. Got any ideas? After […]

The Week in Food

No hobbit lives on BBQ alone. This post in response to Homer‘s reply from earlier. 😉 Black bean soup served with coconut rice and lime Salad greens, heirloom radishes, herbs […]