Category Archives: Recipes

Monday poem

I rarely do two poems by the same poet in a row, but I came across this poem from James Galvin’s latest book and really like it. Wildlife Management I All the trees kept their own counsel without any wind to … Continue reading

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A late summer recipe

Looking at a row of jars of freshly made jam is a summer pleasure. Especially when the jam is such a lovely golden color. Each year, with pears from my friend’s tree, I make this simple and delicious recipe. The whole … Continue reading

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Summer recipe

This recipe makes a soup that is like a bowlful of summer. I adapted it from one of my favorite cookbooks, Annie Somerville’s Field of Greens. She has you make a vegetarian stock with the corn cobs (adding a potato, some … Continue reading

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Two quick chicken recipes

Once in awhile, it seems like I take whatever is in the fridge and create something tasty. The other night it was leftover rice, a few chicken thighs, some butternut squash, mushrooms, onions, fennel, and green beans. I sautéed the … Continue reading

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Best Beans

Instead of a vision of sugarplums, how about a simple, inexpensive and wonderful meal that lasts for days. I set myself the challenge of making a pot of vegetarian beans that taste as good as ones cooked with a ham hock. … Continue reading

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Thinking about stock

Yesterday, as I made stock out of my two newly butchered hens, I decided to read about stock in Serious Eats. My stock method is mostly just throw whatever scraps I have into the pot and simmer for hours. But these … Continue reading

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Summer food

Tomatoes and corn, sweet onions, greens, soft cheeses. That’s what I’m eating these days. Here’s a typical menu: Polenta with fresh corn kernels Tomato sauce Grilled fish or pulled pork Greek salad I make the tomato sauce and polenta, then … Continue reading

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The perfect poached egg

I’ve tried many methods to poach eggs, but this one seems foolproof, from Julia Child via the NY Times: Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Have a bowl of ice water at hand. Punch a tiny hole … Continue reading

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Update to the Great Turkey Test

Before the New Year, I posted the results of my turkey experiments based on J. Kenji López-Alt’s ideas for spatchcocking and baking stone approaches. But for my last experiment, I combined the baking stone with a method I learned from the late Marshall … Continue reading

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Rainy Sunday

Here in rainless Northern California, I woke gratefully to the sound of rain.  The chickens may not be happy about it, but it is such a relief to be having a normal winter day. Luckily, in yesterday’s brilliant sun I … Continue reading

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