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Asparagus and Eggs

This plate of pasta is deceiving. There’s enough butter and cheese present to choke a horse, not to mention the addition of soft-boiled pheasant and duck eggs. On the other […]

“Lion’s Teeth”

The use of dandelion greens as a food dates back for centuries. In France, the plants came to be known as dent de lion, or “lion’s teeth” in a reference […]

Spring Dinner

Roasted asparagus, poached farm egg and Vivace cheese This is a wonderful little appetizer that takes less than 20 minutes to make. Sliver asparagus, then toss with extra-virgin olive oil […]

…Out Like a Lamb

What a difference a month makes, eh? Earlier this week we had torrential downpours and today it was in the mid-60s. A few weeks ago it was the tail end […]

Spring Preview

Assuming it doesn’t rain AGAIN this weekend like it’s been doing for the past two weeks, you’ll see a slew of posts in the next few days. Today was 68 […]

Recent Meals

I haven’t been posting lately because there hasn’t been much to post about. Sorry. A piece of broiled fish, a bowl of steamed rice and a plate of salad is […]

Recession Specials 5

What if I told you this dinner cost $5 and change? You probably wouldn’t believe me, but it’s true. If you discount the fact that I already had a tub […]

A Hearth Pictorial

No new pictures this time around — because I haven’t been to Hearth in over a year, since the economy tanked. That being said, I’ll probably stop in sometime in […]

Italian Treatment

It has relatives that are more well-known, like spinach, beets and quinoa, and some less known ones such as epazote and Jerusalem oak. It is one of the most nutritious […]

Tomato Season 5

Slow cooking concentrates the flavor of late-summer tomatoes so that no other seasonings, not even salt, are needed in the final product. Preheat the oven to 200 F. Slice plum […]

Tomato Season 3

Blue Hill could mean either Blue Hill at Stone Barns or Blue Hill Washington Square, two restaurants in New York that epitomize the philosophy of market cooking. Tonight’s meal was […]

Confit 2

More like a quick confit like the last time. I had gotten a batch of grape tomatoes from Citarella the other day, in addition to some heirloom plum tomatoes. Serve […]

Raw Food

Well, raw, but not in the way you think. 😉 Spaghetti con salsa di pomodoro*, radish and sugar snap peas with ricotta salata and herbs *Otherwise known as “thin spaghetti […]

Meatballs

Polpetti, served with angel hair pasta, summer vegetables and herbs Outside of Italy, meatballs are most often served with spaghetti, but in Italy, they are presented quite differently. They make […]

Two 20 Minute Meals

The most common excuse I hear when people say they’re not into cooking is “I don’t want to slave for hours on end in the kitchen just to make something […]

Odds and Ends 1

Fettucine with summer tomato sauce Later in the season when tomatoes get more flavorful, I usually opt for an uncooked tomato sauce or a bread salad. This sauce is great […]