Monthly Archives: March 2020

Octopus, Potato, and Green Bean Salad

The novelty of having tender, cooked octopus resting comfortably in a bowl of olive oil in the refrigerator — ready to be turned into a meal in a flash — has not yet worn off.  Today’s version was inspired by … Continue reading

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Ode to the Octopus

An octopus is a remarkable creature.  It appears to be one of the most intelligent beings on the planet.  It also happens to be a delicious and very healthy food, which is what initially interested me the most. I have … Continue reading

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Wood-Fired Homemade Pizza: Signs of Spring

We have been looking for a warmer day in March to crank up the wood-fired pizza oven, as a harbinger of Spring again.  Today was the day, with temperature slowly rising from the mid-40s F. in the morning to mid-50s … Continue reading

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Tidbits

Some of my best meals are made with leftover components from dishes made earlier in the week.  Such is the case for today’s lunch. I had a small package of Black Trumpet Mushrooms (my newly-annointed favorite mushroom), but it was … Continue reading

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Lunches: Variations on Some Themes

Recent meals have gone so well that I’ve been motivated to continue some of the themes.  Three elements stood out: grilled or pan-fried bread peppers sautéed greens so I had several variations for lunches this week.  The first included a … Continue reading

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Grilled Tuna and Roasted Italian Vegetables

Tonight was my kind of dinner.  Gusty flavors, lots of vegetables, and rich, red wines. The main event was a lovely steak of sushi-grade tuna, from Idylwilde, our local greengrocer and much more.  This was done very simply, sprinkled with … Continue reading

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The Joys of Bok Choy

Barbara got me started on this kick a few weeks ago.  She had made a Turmeric-Ginger Dumpling Soup recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine.  It featured Bok Choy and is made with frozen vegetable dumplings (ours are from Trader Joe’s).  The … Continue reading

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Tuna Conserva

A few weeks ago I went out for lunch (probably for the last time in several months).  Aquitaine Chestnut Hill was conveniently located, and I had not been to a local bistro in some time.  I chose a Salade Niçoise, … Continue reading

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More Bruschetta

My Field Blend #2 bread was so good, I defrosted the second loaf already and used it for all kinds of toast and bruschetta.  Here are the two most recent: Smoked Salmon and White Bean Purée Grilled whole wheat bread … Continue reading

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Spring Fling

I love when I have time alone to experiment in the kitchen.  Yesterday, I made dinner — Baked Cannelloni with Spinach/Swiss Chard/Almond Milk Ricotta Cheese Filling.  With just 190 grams of double-zero flour and two eggs, I was able to … Continue reading

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