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Today I celebrated my 81st birthday. August 15th was also Julia Child’s birthday. Naturally, food and wine played important roles in the festivities. It was also a good time to adopt the Italian saying shown above. Now I have a … Continue reading

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Beets Vinegar Salt

I have no idea what I would do without vinegar and salt. Fortunately, over the years, I have found access to some of the best salt and vinegar products in the world. A great example of the importance of these … Continue reading

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Portuguese-Style Baked Hake

I have mixed feelings about Portugal. Its record as a global colonial power, a major player in the slave trade, and a rapid follower of the Spanish Inquisition in the persecutions of Jews are all reasons to feel that they … Continue reading

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Essential Elements

One of my great joys at lunchtime is the ability to select great ingredients and to prepare them as a relaxed meal without time constraints. Today’s roster had three diverse elements: Wellfleet oysters leftover baked stuffed zucchini a small head … Continue reading

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Grilled Cucumbers With Tomato-Cardamom Dressing and Mozzarella

Yotam Ottolenghi is an amazing chef and cookbook author. His recipes are unorthodox, and they also make heavy use of dairy and spices which are difficult for my wife to digest, so we are selective about his recipes we choose … Continue reading

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Mas de Gourgonnier and a Quick Trip to Provence

One of the best aspects of a food. wine and travel blog is the fact that all of the threads are interconnected. Today’s example began with a yearning for Provence.  Last night I was in the wine cellar, browsing the … Continue reading

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Addictive Black Lentils with Spinach

It’s a relaxed Sunday afternoon, and since I’m making lunch just for myself, it’s a good time to try a new recipe. This one is from Alexandra Stafford (Ali) and her excellent blog, Alexandra’s Kitchen. I love her blog because … Continue reading

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Beet Salad

I had some cooked beets, so it was time to make a Beet Salad. In my usual fashion, I kept throwing ingredients into the bowl until I thought we had enough flavors. Here’s the list when I finished: Chioggia beet, … Continue reading

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Repeat Performances

It’s comforting when you make a good meal and you know the recipe well enough to repeat the performance again at a later date. This post is about three such meals in July: my wife’s vegetable lasagna my favorite way … Continue reading

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New Catch, Holland Herring

For fish fanatics (like me) the arrival of the late Spring catch of fresh herring in Holland is cause for celebration. We have access to it via Russ & Daughters, a fish supplier since 1914. Nowadays, these transactions are done … Continue reading

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