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Stuff that hasn’t found a home yet in the great filing cabinet in the sky.

Calamari and Greens

Mirepoix is the French name for a combination of onions, carrots, and celery, typically in a 2:1:1 ratio. Mirepoix, either raw, roasted or sautéed with butter, is the flavor base […]

Salade Lyonnaise

The simple description is that it’s “lettuce with bacon and eggs”. And anything with bacon has got to be good, right? Salade Lyonnaise Click here to view a large-size version […]

Saturday Market

Garlic scapes Heirloom radishes Strawberries Sugar snap peas and cherries More cherries Have a great weekend, folks.

Bhel Puri

Bhel puri is a puffed rice dish made with vegetables, spices, fruit and various chutneys. It is a type of chaat (a term that means “small plates of savory snacks”), […]

Curd Rice

A southern Indian vegetarian dish, curd rice consists of gently spiced yogurt or buttermilk folded into basmati rice. This is traditionally served with either a pickle or a chutney, or […]

Pasta Primavera

Pasta with roasted asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, cow’s milk ricotta cheese and soft-cooked egg Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. As I mention on Facebook, this is […]

Sunday Snapshot

Potatoes and greens Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. It’s not very photogenic, is it? It’s delicious though. This is a variation on a seasonal favorite, […]

Saturday Market Pix

Early day at USGM this morning. Some pix: Cherries More cherries Jersey tomatoes Nasturtium potted plants The first Tri-star strawberries of the season Strawberries Have a great weekend, folks.

Chicken Congee

There’s something transformative about a bowl of congee. To most people, it’s just rice porridge. Set a bowl in front of me, and it’s as if I’ve stepped back in […]

Spring to Summer

It’s “cleanout the fridge week” at Chez Spamwise… Gnocchi with wild mushrooms, ramps, lamb’s quarters and puntarelle Warm radish and asparagus salad with mint vinaigrette Gnocchi closeup Click here and […]

Sopa de Ajo

Garlic isn’t an ingredient that people normally associate with soup. It’s a featured ingredient in this Spanish specialty that’s almost puritan in its simplicity. Sopa de ajo — Garlic soup […]

Inspiration From San Francisco

Roast chicken is extremely economical. One bird can theoretically provide dinner for nearly a week, especially when you’re cooking for one person. For example: Sunday: Roast chicken Monday (tonight): Roast […]

Sunday Snapshot

Roasted heirloom potatoes, cauliflower and shiitake mushrooms, paired with soft-cooked farm egg and pan de tomate Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. Pan de tomate (Spanish […]

Bacon and Greens

The premise for this recipe is simple. Bacon ends were rendered in a skillet, to which chopped shallots were added, then briefly sautéed. Toss in a bunch of chickweed and […]

Squid Stew

A few posts ago, Urspo wondered how to make squid tasty and not tough, as it’s wont to do if you cook it longer than three minutes. That’s the thing […]