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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Fire That Lives Inside

When I entered second grade in 1977, I was a full reading level behind most of my classmates. I spent the next three months working at my own pace in […]

Eat Your Vegetables

When I was growing up, I hated vegetables with a passion, or for that matter, anything that was garlicky, spicy or remotely unfamiliar. Fast forward thirty years and it’s like […]

An Updated Classic

The taste of early spring spinach often reminds me of the description of rapunzel in the fairy tale of the same name. Tender leaves of a fantastically GREEN vegetable that […]

Salad for Dinner

Sometimes “rabbit food” is what you want for dinner. *wink* Spring lettuce salad with salt-and-vinegar Roseval potato chips, roasted shallots, hard-cooked farm egg and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Saturday Snapshot

Caramelized onion tart, with cow’s milk ricotta cheese, fromage blanc, olives and sage; spring garden salad Except for the substitution of fromage blanc for crème fraîche, and sage for thyme, […]