September 2009

What to Do With Quince

September 30, 2009

Quince looks like a mixture between an apple and a pear, but tastes like neither

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Mussels are plentiful and best in season now. Three good reasons to buy them:

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From mid-summer to early fall, eggplants of all shapes, sizes and colors abound. Their versatility can revolutionize your cooking because they often make the perfect do-ahead dish

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This Indian stew may be made up to a day ahead and re-heated. Serves 6 3 Tbls. vegetable oil 1 bay leaf a pinch of cinnamon 1 tsp. cardamom 1/2 c. chopped onion 1 lb. (about 2-3) med.-sized eggplants 1 lb. potatoes, peeled and diced 2 med. sized carrots, peeled and diced 1/4 tsp. tumeric […]

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Juicy pan-fried steak is classic bistro fare. Served alongside greens and earthy vegetables, it’s a feast. 6 rib-eye steaks, about 1 1/2-inch thick Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1-2 Tbls. freshly-ground black pepper Good olive oil Unsalted butter 1 lb. fresh baby spinach, washed and trimmed 1 lemon, for juicing 1/4 […]

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Packed Lunch

September 14, 2009

Sometimes we just make things too complicated, like packing lunch

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Good Bread

September 14, 2009

The best bread is freshly-baked. This (only slightly-adapted) classic James Beard recipe is simple to make and hard to mess up. It’s a basic home-style bread that is best toasted and slathered with butter and jam. 1 pkg. active dry yeast 2 c. warm milk 2 Tbls. sugar 4 Tbls. melted unsalted butter (1/2 stick) […]

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A salad of sauteed wild mushrooms tossed in a sherry vinaigrette with several different soft herbs and some bitter greens creating different tastes with each bite. Adapted from Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin. 1 lg. shallot, finely diced (about 2 Tbls.) 3 Tbls sherry vinegar 1/2 c. good olive oil 2 lbs. wild […]

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Seasonal Cleaning

September 11, 2009

Every once in a while it’s good to prep the kitchen: clear it out and clean it up.

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Plum tomatoes are meant to be cooked. Roasting them concentrates their sugars and brings out flavors hidden beneath their glossy coat. In this super-simple side dish, cook the tomatoes in a single layer so that they really roast well. It’s a good side with grilled or roasted chicken. Serves 6 12 plum tomatoes Good olive […]

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