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Weekend Update

You could say this weekend has been exciting…. Saturday afternoon I went to the market and picked up a bunch of stuff as usual — heirloom potatoes, Swiss chard, sheep’s […]

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Looks just like the broccoli rabe dish from a couple weeks ago, doesn’t it? You’d be wrong. Mustard greens braised in Belgian beer, with heirloom beans and bacon If you […]

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Japanese turnips I bought a whole mess of greens at USGM this weekend. Turnip greens, French breakfast radishes, radish greens, mustard greens and spinach. In addition, I have some leftover […]

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Brodetto di pesce, topped with homemade anchovy-garlic croutons This dish is known by a variety of names, for example “Italian-style fish stew” or “cioppino”. The ingredients are some variation of […]

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This isn’t seasonal since tomatoes aren’t due for another four to six weeks unless you count the hydroponic greenhouse toms at USGM. I think you can cut me some slack […]

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Thanks to Eddie. I went with a variation on his earlier suggestion. Mussels steamed in Belgian beer and aromatics, served with sourdough bread and lemon In this case, the aromatics […]

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Not everything turns out to be a success at Chez Spamwise. A case in point was last night’s dinner…. Pan-roasted squid, served with fennel, orange and wild arugula salad I […]

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 […]

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Chicken congee Toppings include: crispy chicken skin (inspired by the chicken buns served at Momofuku Noodle Bar), shredded leftover roast chicken, shallots and bacon fried in chicken fat, chopped scallions, […]

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Dinner Saturday night — Fettucine with fresh clams, wild arugula, green garlic and herbs I should add that the clams were likely caught either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, courtesy […]

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 […]

Finger Lickin’ Good

Roast chicken la Keller, pan-fried potatoes and watercress, au jus Thomas Keller’s recipe for mon poulet rôti is here. Leftovers will be turned into chicken salad and chicken congee. The […]

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Roast cod, sautéed shiitake mushrooms and ramps, pan-fried potatoes Remember when I said that potatoes are one of the best vegetables invented? This is one reason why. 4 Bintje potatoes, […]

From Market to Table

Roast cod with lemon-shallot viniagrette, mesclun salad This is as fresh as it gets. Cod, courtesy of Blue Moon Fish, from eastern Long Island. Very likely this was caught either […]

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 […]

Eat Your Vegetables

12 vegetable ragoût 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1 parsnip, peeled and sliced handful of fingerlings, scrubbed 1 medium Binjte potato, peeled, cut into 1/4″ thick slices and barely par-boiled […]