July 2009

Toss crispy fried squid with a mixture of garlic butter and slices of hot cherry peppers

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(adapted from one of our favorite summer cookbooks titled The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White) 1 lb. med. fresh squid (sliced or not), cleaned 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 3/4 c. pure natural cornstarch 1/2 c. yellow natural corn meal 2 tsp. salt 1/2  tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper About 6 […]

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Summer Corn Salad

July 28, 2009

Leftover corn was just the thing for a delicious and quick lunch side. Shave it off the cob, add a bit of garden basil, and toss with a few more pantry smatterings. Serves 6 6 ears corn, husked and cleaned 6 scallions, thinly sliced 1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped 2 Tbls. fresh mint, chopped 1/4 […]

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Fresh sausage should be grilled slowly to prevent the casings from splitting open and the sausages from becoming too dry;

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Grilled sausage makes a good weekday dinner or meal for a crowd. If cooking for lots of people, try a variety of sausage flavors. Remember, grill sausage slowly over medium heat to prevent the casings from splitting open and the sausages from becoming too dry. Fresh raw sausage links (Italian pork, chicken, duck or lamb […]

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Tomatoes are the most popular homegrown vegetable in America and we are just starting the harvest in our urban backyards. To give plants a boost

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Monica Bhide’s wonderful new everyday cookbook, Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen, is a marvelous mix of traditional flavors and techniques for today’s busy home cooks. Sprinkling store-bought* chaat masala (“a magical mix of spices such as dried ginger, mango powder, red chiles, black salt, and more”) on many of her favorite […]

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Snap, shell and dried beans represent different phases in a beans development

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Fresh shelling beans are best when they are simply prepared. For basic preparation: Cover fresh cranberry beans with water in a 3 – 4 quart pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. (Tip: Fresh beans cook much faster than dried. Tasting is a good way to determine if they are done. […]

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Our garden is overflowing with cucumbers and we’ve been drumming up things to do with them other than chunk or slice them up for salads.

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