Category Archives: Food

Two Meals of Grains — One at Home, One Dining Out

Last week I had two excellent dishes featuring grains. The first was made at home, with Pearled Black Barley from Maine Grains. The vegetables in the dish included sweet red peppers, chopped fennel, tomatoes, and onions. Protein was enhanced with … Continue reading

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Spring Onions

I’m never quite sure what to do with Spring Onions, those smallish onions that look like large scallions with bigger bulbs. I do like the brightness of the flavors, and this past year, I actually grew some of them in … Continue reading

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Spigarello

No, that’s not the name of a new Italian sports car. It’s actually a member of the Broccoli family, but it looks more like Kale, and I just learned how to cook it properly. Like many of my favorite greens … Continue reading

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Broccoli Rabe with Matzo Balls

When it comes to ethnicity, food, and wine, I encourage vigorous interactions. They usually produce results that are unorthodox, exciting, and very successful. Such was the case with my lunch today. Our local farmers produce excellent vegetables, including greens of … Continue reading

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#21 – Moroccan Eggplant and Olive Tagine

I bought my first computer in 1995, for the explicit purpose of scanning recipes from food magazines I had saved. I knew computers were available earlier, but I needed two accessories in addition to accomplish my goal: (1) a high-quality … Continue reading

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Fine Pasta Lunch in Less than 30 Minutes

Most packaged dry pastas cook in about 12 minutes or less. Last week I was able to do a delicious pasta lunch from scratch very quickly. Ingredients 170 g Penne pasta from La Dolda (or any good short pasta) chopped … Continue reading

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For Fans of Marcella and Victor Hazan

If you are passionate about good food, you probably are familiar with Marcella Hazan. And if you really care about Italian cooking, Marcella has directly or indirectly already played a role in your appreciation and approach. I’ve been a devotee … Continue reading

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Grilled Manchego Cheese and Wild Mushroom Crostini

My favorite simple lunch these days is made with nothing more than bread, wild mushrooms, and sheep milk cheese. Sometimes I embellish it slightly, in this case with a few cherry tomatoes. Sometimes I use a slice or two of … Continue reading

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Homemade Spinach Tagliatelle and Ikarian Soufico

Ever since I read this article in the New York Times 10 years ago, I have been interested in the Greek island of Ikaria. The lifestyle and food habits seemed perfectly suited to my own values, so I am always … Continue reading

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Late, Quick Lunch

It was close to 2 PM, and I hadn’t even thought about lunch. My go-to meal in this situation is normally a pasta dish, so I searched the cabinets for a small bag of dried pasta, leftover from a previous … Continue reading

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