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Calamari and Greens

Mirepoix is the French name for a combination of onions, carrots, and celery, typically in a 2:1:1 ratio. Mirepoix, either raw, roasted or sautéed with butter, is the flavor base […]

Salade Lyonnaise

The simple description is that it’s “lettuce with bacon and eggs”. And anything with bacon has got to be good, right? Salade Lyonnaise Click here to view a large-size version […]

Pasta Primavera

Pasta with roasted asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, cow’s milk ricotta cheese and soft-cooked egg Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. As I mention on Facebook, this is […]

Sunday Snapshot

Potatoes and greens Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. It’s not very photogenic, is it? It’s delicious though. This is a variation on a seasonal favorite, […]

Spring to Summer

It’s “cleanout the fridge week” at Chez Spamwise… Gnocchi with wild mushrooms, ramps, lamb’s quarters and puntarelle Warm radish and asparagus salad with mint vinaigrette Gnocchi closeup Click here and […]

Sopa de Ajo

Garlic isn’t an ingredient that people normally associate with soup. It’s a featured ingredient in this Spanish specialty that’s almost puritan in its simplicity. Sopa de ajo — Garlic soup […]

Inspiration From San Francisco

Roast chicken is extremely economical. One bird can theoretically provide dinner for nearly a week, especially when you’re cooking for one person. For example: Sunday: Roast chicken Monday (tonight): Roast […]

Sunday Snapshot

Roasted heirloom potatoes, cauliflower and shiitake mushrooms, paired with soft-cooked farm egg and pan de tomate Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. Pan de tomate (Spanish […]

Bacon and Greens

The premise for this recipe is simple. Bacon ends were rendered in a skillet, to which chopped shallots were added, then briefly sautéed. Toss in a bunch of chickweed and […]

Squid Stew

A few posts ago, Urspo wondered how to make squid tasty and not tough, as it’s wont to do if you cook it longer than three minutes. That’s the thing […]

Fish and Capers

Skates are cartilaginous fish belonging to the family Rajidae in the superorder Batoidea of rays. There are more than 200 described species in 27 genera. There are two subfamilies, Rajinae […]

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish mackerel escabèche, chickweed salad and black olive relish Click here to view a high-resolution version of this picture. According to Wikipedia, an escabèche refers to a dish common in […]

When Recipes Go Wrong, Part 1

Not everything that gets made in Spamwise’s kitchen comes out perfect the first time around. A case in point was my first attempt at a brunch dish I saw on […]

Vegetables for Dinner

Sunday vegetable plate Clockwise from left: Roasted root vegetables with black olive “persillade”; Spring greens with garlic, chiles and lemon Click here for a high-resolution version of this picture. Broccoli […]

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 […]