Author Archives: dgourmac

Cooking at Home

Here are some of my favorite dishes from recent home cooking. Toasted Sourdough Bread with Hummus, Lebanese Za’atar and Quail Eggs Sautéed Peppers with Arugula and Black Olives Toasted Halloumi with Barley and Vegetables Tuna Salad with 2007 i Clivi … Continue reading

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Eating Out

As much as I enjoy cooking, there are times when I go out to eat. This is especially true in the Fall, when I am teaching. Monday nights are often a good time, because I finish work at 5 PM, … Continue reading

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Sweet Plum Focaccia

Food & Wine magazine this month featured a recipe for Sweet Plum Focaccia. My wife was attracted by it, and yesterday she set out to make it. It was pretty time consuming, involving several periods of rest and rising for … Continue reading

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Today’s Lunch

When I don’t know what to make for lunch, I usually decide to do a tuna salad. For me, tuna salad means lots of flavor and no mayonnaise.  The only tricky part is that I invent the tuna salad every … Continue reading

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Sea Scallops in Chive Nage

“Nage” was a new word for me until very recently. The authoritative Michelin Guide provides a good description: Combining steaming and poaching, the French method of cooking ‘à la nage’ partially submerges seafood in flavorful broth. If you love seafood, … Continue reading

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Risotto Alla Paesana (Country-Style Risotto)

I’ve never been a huge fan of Butternut Squash. Perhaps that’s because it was usually puréed, and I found the flavor too bland and sweet, and the texture sort of yucky. That view has been changing for the past few … Continue reading

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Rockport MA & Tuba Skinny

Music has always been an important part of my life. This year we discovered and fell in love with a New Orleans-style band, Tuba Skinny. As soon as we learned that they would be performing at the Shalin Liu Center … Continue reading

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I Think I Finally May Understand Bordeaux Wines…

Today’s lunch was one of the most instructive experiments I’ve had about food and wine. I’ve never been a fan of Bordeaux wines. I started buying them in 1985 (because they were supposed to be the best), but I have … Continue reading

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Lunch with an Old Friend Yesterday, Dinner Alone Today

Carol has been a good friend for 37 years, but it has been awhile since we’d seen each other. That was remedied yesterday when she came over for lunch. The menu choices were selected around vegetables and good breads. She … Continue reading

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Creamed Corn and Scallops Al Forno, and Ikarian Summertime Soufiko

One of my favorite dishes ever was a bowl of soup from Al Forno restaurant in Providnce, RI. The recipe is startlingly simple: I tried making it the first time back in 2005, and it was perfectly delicious. This week … Continue reading

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