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Tomato Season 7

Pan-glazed heirloom tomato salad served over roasted fingerling potatoes Click here and here for high-resolution versions of these pictures. * * * When I began foodblogging in earnest, I decided […]

Cauliflower 1

To most people, cauliflower is decidedly boring. It’s not sexy compared to say, tomatoes or corn. I seriously doubt that it springs to mind when you ask someone what his […]

Carpe Diem

This is my favorite time of year, foodwise. So many wonderful things are available at the market this time of year. The thin, light meals of summer give way to […]

Meatless Fridays

Ricotta salata isn’t the same thing as ricotta cheese. It’s a sheep’s milk cheese; the curds and whey are pressed and dried before the cheese is aged. The result is […]

Salad + Soup

Chilled chard and sorrel soup, with crème fraiche — This soup is so easy I can make it with my eyes closed. Saute onion in unsalted butter, add chard and […]

Two Salads

Left: Watermelon radish and Japanese cucumber salad with ginger viniagrette; right: warm arugula, corn and tomato salad

La Cuisine du Marché

With the exception of the shrimp and some pantry staples, every ingredient in tonight’s dinner was bought from local farmers’ markets. Even the white wine vinegar in the salad dressing. […]

Eggs on Toast 2

Eggs sunnyside-up, heirloom tomato and cucumber salad, toasted levain This is my newest favorite way to have breakfast — pan-fried eggs over salad and crispy toast. Ingredients vary, depending on […]

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 […]

Monkfish 1

One of the items from this weekend’s Greenmarket haul was 1 1/2 lbs. monkfish tail. Tomorrow (Monday) night’s dinner will use it in a different preparation. Or I could just […]

Seafood 2

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]