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When Thin is In

Minestra di capelli d’angelo, asparagi e spinaci — Angel hair, asparagus and spinach soup Angel hair pasta is a long, thin noodle with a round shape. It is also known […]

Memorial Dinner

Caption titles are hard. 🙂 No complicated cooking after this weekend’s “adventure”. I had planned on writing something about the evolution of this blog, in conjunction with making polpetti for […]

Ramps and Ferns

By next week, ramps season will be gone until next spring. Get them while you can. Fiddlehead ferns run for about two weeks in most locales. The season usually begins […]

Postcards from the Shire

This blog will have its three year anniversary in a little over six weeks so I thought I’d pull some of my favorite food photography in the intervening period. You […]

May Flowers

Spring garden salad Roasted fingerling potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes, with fiddlehead ferns, wild asparagus, ramps, nasturtium flowers and a poached egg You can leave out the root vegetables if you […]

Recession Specials 2

Clockwise from right: Linguine with anchovies, breadcrumbs and mint; asparagus in the style of Parma The neat thing about Italian food [and I mean real Italian as opposed to Italian-American] […]

The Education of Taste

Linguine primavera As a general rule, I don’t like cream sauces because I feel they mask flavor. I want to be able to taste what I’m eating. Don’t get me […]

Spring in a Bowl

Warm asparagus salad with bacon and egg I have to confess: this is my favorite time of the year. It’s seeing the leaves come out, flower buds slowly opening and […]

Why I Hate Rachael Ray

I’ve finally figured out why I hate Rachael Ray. It’s not her usage of annoying catchphrases. It’s not her upbeat personality which borders on certifiable. It’s the notion that the […]