Jul 312011
Instant Ribollita

           This is not so much a recipe as a guideline.  A suggestion.  A cooking paradigm, of sorts.  I do like using recipes, don’t misunderstand.  Whether it is one that I’ve created myself, or one that I’ve nicked from another and then adapted, I love the process of writing the list of needed ingredients, visiting the grocery store, finding them, and putting them in Read entire post

Jul 242011
Carnitas

          Carnitas.  Mmmmm.  I had to do it.  In the last few years I’ve cut back my meat consumption considerably, but once in a while, when the mood strikes, a lovely bit of meat seems a wonderfully decadent pleasure.  Paulo agrees.  (He is my favorite carnivore.)  This past weekend I was ambling through the grocery store, when I happened to see that Read entire post

English Potato Salad with Peas and Mint

          Potato salad is summer.  The equation to me is perfect.  I can’t think of potato salad without instantly sparking memories.  Of sitting on a screened porch overlooking the ocean with its gently crashing waves, while sunlight glints on the rolling waters beyond.  Of relaxing on a deck with the perfume of pine trees filling the air, beneath mountains rising on all sides, Read entire post

Coconut Rice Salad with Mango

           I have a confession to make, dear readers.  I do not admit to it easily.  But for a while now, longer than I care to say, I’ve had a culinary crush on Yotam Ottolenghi.  And rather than dissipating with the passage of time, my feelings grow more intense as each of his new recipes appears.  But don’t worry.  My Paulo isn’t jealous.  He seems Read entire post

Sweet Corn with Miso Butter and Bacon

          This is one of the best things that I have tasted in a long time.  And that’s saying something.  I love to cook, to test new recipes and make old favorites.  I enjoy trying every kind of  crazy and wonderful food cooked by others.  So I am constantly and continually consuming excellent vittles.  But this recipe, oh, my.  It Read entire post

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