Coconut Green Bean Curry

           This is the first time in 2012 we’ve been able to eat dinner out on the patio!  Happy spring evening.  The sun slanted low but bright on the horizon (as you can see in the photo).  Laughter from playing children drifted across the yard.  Lawn mowers hummed in the distance.  The scents of freshness, newness, of verdant growth suffused Read entire post

Peas Sauteed with Butter Lettuce

          I’ve been making so many soups and stews recently, and loved every one of them, but lately I’ve been in the mood for light, bright, happy spring fare.  The kind that seems redolent of the promise newly blooming in plants and trees all around.  This recipe, adapted from one provided by Andrea Reusing, seemed perfect.  Quick, easy, brilliantly verdant Read entire post

Lemony Smoked Vegetable Soup

          This soup, like Instant Ribollita and Spaghetti with Tuna, Mushrooms, and Olives, is more of a guideline than a recipe.  A suggestion of how to transform the odds and ends you already have in your kitchen into a fantastic meal, quickly and easily.  It has endless variations, myriad possibilities, all lurking within your veggie bins, waiting to be discovered. Read entire post

Smoky Collard Greens

          Let me tell you about one of my all-time favorite meals.  It goes, oh so wonderfully, something like this.  Cajun-fried catfish, crisp yet meltingly tender with an edge of fragrant heat.  Candied yams, sweet and savory, gilded with clover honey.  Mac n’ cheese, rich, creamy, subtle yet intense, its surface caramelized to a layer tastier than candy.  And collard Read entire post

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