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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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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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Cianfotta

Back to Italy again, this time to Campania. The dish is Cianfotta, a vegetable stew, originating in Naples and vicinity. While it would normally be made in late summer with fresh vegetables from the region, we have the luxury these … Continue reading

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Schupfnudeln

Really? What is that? How often do I write about any foods from Germany and Austria? Almost never, is the answer. But last week, Barbara found an article in the latest Fine Cooking, and it intrigued both of us. I … Continue reading

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Just a Few Photos

Once in a great while, I don’t write about food. Instead, I offer you a few photos which summarize the mood at home as we end the holiday weekend, and play with my Hipstamatic app on the iPhone.

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Using What You’ve Got

One day last week, when I was cooking for myself, I opened the refrigerator and found mostly odds and ends of ingredients, but nothing that suggested a traditional meal. Among the items I needed to use before they went bad … Continue reading

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