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January is Tonic Time, with recipes

The virus that is sweeping through the North Bay this month is tenacious and enduring. I’ve been under its thrall, so to speak, since Jan. 2 and I’m still not back to normal. When I feel up to cooking, I poach a chicken and then use the carcass and breast meat to make a rich stock, when I turn into soup or jook (aka congee, rice porridge; read about it here). These dishes may not heal you but they will… Read More »

Summer Tomato Sauce, with the last of the year’s love apples

Pappardelle with Summer Tomato Sauce • Serves 2, easily doubled This is my grandson Lucas’s favorite pasta. Lucky for me, he was born with a subtle, eager and adventurous palate and he loves my cooking. This very simple pasta came about one night when I really did not feel like going to the store but had to get dinner on the table for him. He loved it and so did it. It is now one of our favorite summer and fall… Read More »

Posole: Classic Mexican Soups for Halloween

About a decade ago, I made pozole and took it to a friend’s house for Halloween. The next year, after many requests, I made it again. It is now a Halloween tradition. Here are four versions, along with a voluptuous appetizer and colorful salad.… Read More »

Update: Eggplant

  2014 Update: Today’s Seasonal Pantry features recipes for Baba Ghanoush and a simple ratatouille. You can read that column here. Eggplant is the topic of today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here. In the column, I feature recipes for a delicious eggplant sandwich and Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Soup, along with a promise to post links to favorite eggplant recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives, which you’ll find here. What’s your favorite way–or ways–to enjoy eggplant? If you… Read More »

Moroccan-Inspired Soup and More Mediterranean: North Africa & the Middle East

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, I explore the Mediterranean diet, which is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. You can read that article here. As promised in that column, here are links to some Mediterranean-inspired recipes from the Pantry’s archives. This post focuses on flavors of North Africa and the Middle East and is the second of several posts. There will be more soon. Chickpeas with Toasted Bread & Yogurt Harissa Homemade Hummus bi Tahini Chickpeas with Cilantro & Mint Making and… Read More »