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Thursday Snapshot

Petits pois, with shallots and chickweed — adapted from and inspired by this recipe from L’Oustau de Baumanière, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Les Baux, Provence, France. This is simple, especially […]

Saturday Snapshot

I first saw mention of this dish in The Silver Spoon, which is as I understand it, the best-selling and most preeminent Italian cookbook of the last half-century. It’s on […]

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 […]

Saturday Market

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

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 […]

Saturation Point

We’ve been having so much rain lately, it’s starting to make me think I’m living in Seattle. Hmph. Radishes — Serve these thinly sliced, with bread, butter and a little […]

Why Vegetables Are Difficult

I’ve come to the conclusion that vegetables are more challenging than animal proteins, especially when it comes to creating interesting combinations. When you go to a high-end restaurant like Gramercy […]

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 […]

The Cruelest Month

Thanks to everyone who commented below. I really appreciate the support. Pasta with ramps “pesto” and fresh peas The past few days have been raining cats and dogs. I needed […]