August 2008

Catching the Blues

August 29, 2008

As summer weekends come to a close, for most people so do beach getaways. One of our favorite seaside treats, bluefish are abundant, inexpensive and deliciously healthful (super-high in omega-3 fatty acids). Because they are also an oily, strong-flavored fish, it is important for them to be eaten not long after being freshly-caught (hence: near […]

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A little mayonnaise coats the fish to keep it marvelously moist. Use this recipe with any fresh local fish such as bluefish or rockfish. Lightly season the fish with salt and pepper, then brush 1 part Dijon mustard and 2 parts good mayo all across the fish’s flesh to coat. Add chopped dill, if desired […]

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African Hospitality

August 24, 2008

Bettina recently returned from a trip to Tanzania. Together with her oldest friends they formed a grassroots organization, Africa Schoolhouse, to build schools

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Berry Bramblings

August 21, 2008

It’s peak season for blackberries locally, ensuring their best flavor possible.

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Do-ahead Summer Menu

August 14, 2008

A �top chef” friend made a dish called parmigiana bianca that he read about

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This recipe was passed on in conversation during dinner with a good friend. It’s a dish of contrasting textures and flavors with some crunch. Tip: Many recipes ask you to salt eggplant to rid it of its bitterness, but we have found that smaller eggplants or eggplants that have not too mature do not need […]

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

August 14, 2008

This salad can only be made in the summer when really good sweet tomatoes are in season. At the market, look for as many varieties as possible. Different colors, flavors and textures make an exciting salad. Serves 6 1 pint assorted cherry tomatoes 3 pounds heirloom tomatoes, different colors and size 1 shallot, finely diced […]

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Inspired by an old recipe clipped from Gourmet, a pinch of cardamom adds an exotic twist to Grandma’s pie. All-butter Crust 2 c. all purpose or white whole-wheat flour 1/2  tsp. salt 12 Tbls. butter, chilled and cut into 12 pieces 5-7 Tbls. ice-cold water Filling 4 pounds ripe, fresh peaches 1/2  c. sugar 1/4 […]

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Here is a rather effortless summer menu to enjoy. Serve with crusty bread. Bacon-wrapped Shrimp Grilled Steak with Creamy White Beans and Leeks Fresh Herb Salad or Sabzi Blueberry Blackberry Crisp

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Herb Salad – Sabzi

August 4, 2008

Adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, this is one of our favorite salads made with a variety of fresh herbs. We especially like to make it in the summer with herbs growing in our gardens. It can be made in about 5 minutes and the combination of fresh herbs makes it a […]

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