June 2011

A loose version of this recipe was passed on to us by a good friend. It does not include any dairy, which we prefer when the weather is hot. You could even pour it over ice for a batido-style drink, then off you go. A handful of either or a mixture of spinach and kale […]

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Things We Love

June 27, 2011

We’ve decided that we can’t resist sharing more of our favorite things with you more often. These are websites we follow, items we covet, smart ideas we hear about, stuff we find, people who are doing interesting things, and much more: Bread for the City’s wall pallet kitchen garden – container gardening for the apartment […]

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Who doesn’t love strawberry shortcake? It’s simply best when strawberries are in season. This recipe from Roy Finamore’s wonderful book Tasty: Get Great Food on the Table Everyday is really easy to make and is well worth trying. For strawberries: 1 pt. strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 Tbls. brown sugar 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar Freshly […]

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We like Father’s Day because there is no deciding what to cook or need to alter the tradition. There is only the expectation that a few of Dad’s favorite things will be served. — A big pile of Maryland blue crabs — Good old-fashioned potato salad — Sweet corn on the cob — Collards with […]

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Adapted from The Summer Shack Cookbook by Jasper White. Potato salad is a classic summer dish that everyone loves. This version calls for hard-boiled egg and dill pickles – a favorite combo. The amount of mayonnaise used is limited by cooking the potatoes whole so that – when they are mixed with the other ingredients […]

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Since we cook, we like to give gifts for kitchens and for entertaining. Here are five unique ideas to consider: — Jessica Rust’s Birch designs. — Best Beer Glassware. — Two Hanging Air Plants for their kitchen window. — Japanese Rice Cooker – stunning. — Bountiful on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA is such a […]

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We like this version for roasted chicken because there is no browning and everything is cooked together in one pan. It is what home cooking should be: rustic and deeply flavorful. Serve with brown rice, quick pan-fried asparagus topped with parmesan and a little lemon juice and a salad of greens. It’s a good dish […]

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Cucumbers and tomatoes (which contain mostly water) are very popular in the Middle East: chop them with red onion, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mint, cooked fava beans and sesame seeds and you have the makings of an Iraqi specialty, badjilla.

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Often we become loyal to one type of green, with the most popular being spinach and kale. However, collard greens, a less popular superfood) are a variety of cabbage that do not form a head, but grow into a loose rosette atop a tall stem and taste like a cross between cabbage and kale. Similar […]

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