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Simple Potato, Bacon & Cabbage Soup for a Rainy Week

As rain came down in torrents here in Sebastopol, I made potato, bacon and cabbage soup. Because I had all of the ingredients on hand and also had homemade chicken stock in the freezer, it was so easy, with barely 10 minutes of hands-on work.… Read More »

Slow-Cooker Soups, Polenta & Grits

In December 16′s Seasonal Pantry, I haul out my slow-cooker to prepare a Sonoma-style boiled dinner, which takes inspiration from the boiled dinners of New England as well as parallel traditions in Italy and France. In that column, I promise to post links to several recipes from Pantry’s archives and so here you go.… Read More »

Green Bean Season!

The most important thing to understand when cooking green beans is that they need actually cooking for their full flavors to develop. Uncooked or undercooked green beans were one of Julia Child’s pet peeves. Your teeth should go through a bean with just a tiny bit of resistance. If it is crunchy or bitter, it hasn’t been cooked long enough.… Read More »

Blueberry Recipes: Chutney, Salsa, Risotto & More

Blueberry season calls for blueberry recipes. … Read More »

Got Zucchini? How To Keep Up With the Harvest

Got zucchini? In June 17′s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I offer help for keeping up with the zucchini harvest, which is already well underway. I also promised to post links to zucchini recipes from the archives, so here you go. … Read More »

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 »