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Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Thursday, April 25, 2013 4 Comments

Can we be friends? I don’t always remember the first time I am introduced to a new vegetable. Usually, there is not a lot of conversation. No, “How are you? What a lovely shade of orange you are and oh, so deliciously crunchy. Carrot, I think we will be friends.” But I do remember the […]

Preserved Meyer Lemons

Preserved Meyer Lemons

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3 Comments

Last Thanksgiving, the coat came out of the hall closet. It had been preserved in time, packed in amongst seventies-printed blazers and other types of unused outerwear. (What other outerwear exists besides blazers and coats, you wonder. Why my mother’s leather poncho, of course.) The coat looked pristine, with not a single thread poking out […]

A Pound of Spice, A Pinch of Air

A Pound of Spice, A Pinch of Air

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2 Comments

A few years back, I read a recipe that called for ancho chile powder. Whereas most chile powders are spicy or smoky, the ancho offers a subtle sweetness. The author described its flavor with such enthusiasm that I wanted some. Immediately. But none of the stores I normally go to stocked it. I looked online, […]

Three, Triple, Trio

Three, Triple, Trio

Saturday, April 24, 2010 No Comments

In my fantasy life, I own a restaurant where the experience is a play on three. Guests sit at tables of three, so you may meet a new person if you arrive as a pair. You dine on three courses in a three-hour meal. And if possible, each dish is composed of only three ingredients, […]

Ten Dollar Turnips

Ten Dollar Turnips

Monday, February 8, 2010 2 Comments

New years resolution: Be more assertive New years failure: Me: “I’ll take these turnips.” (No price listed on the box at the farmer’s market). Vendor: “That will be $10.” Me (to myself): “That is ridiculous. I am not paying that much for a root vegetable. Just walk away. Walk away.” Vendor: “Do you want a […]