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Artichokes 1

Braised baby artichokes with cherry tomatoes and Moroccan olives Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. Credit goes to Michael at Herbivoracious for the idea. You can […]

Cauliflower Curry

The template for this recipe is simple, and need not contain what’s in the ingredient list. You can include whatever you’ve got on hand or what’s available in season or […]

Sunday Snapshot

Hiyayakko tofu is a popular Japanese dish made with chilled tofu and toppings. It is usually eaten in the summer. There are two kinds of tofu used in hiyayakko: kinugoshi […]

Greenmarket Dinner

If there is a vegetable that epitomizes summer, it has to be corn. Plump, golden yellow kernels, provide an all-too-brief reminder of how short the season is. The best corn […]

Saturday Market

Summer is in full swing. It’s a glorious time at the farmers’ market. Cherries Cherries (closeup shot)

Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh green peas are one of the hallmarks of spring. The season is quite short, confined to the cool, moist conditions of spring and very early summer. However, some pod […]

Cucina Povera

Cucina povera has its roots in Italian history shortly after the end of World War I and extending all throughout most of the 20th century until the last thirty years […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Sea of Red

Only three pictures today but they epitomize the transition to summer. Strawberries Heirloom tomatoes Radishes Have a great weekend, folks.

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

If only June were here sooner, then I wouldn’t have to look at hydroponic greenhouse tomatoes at the Greenmarket … or be entertained by thoughts of tomato confit. Thin spaghetti […]

A Farewell to Summer

I know, I know…it’s early November. I have no business posting anything about summer knee-deep in autumn. Migliorelli had some beautiful plum tomatoes for about $1.60 a pound. I bought […]