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The Stag Cookbook & a Tribute To a Friend

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, I talk about my friend, John Kramer, who died late last month, and his love of artichokes. You can read that column here. In the article, I promise to post a feature story I wrote in the late 1990s, before the paper had a web presence. It is long, nearly 3000 words–ahhh, those were the days–and I’ve edited it considerably, taking out the parts about two other local men and their home cooking and removing John’s… Read More »

Homemade Yogurt, Raitas and More

In this week’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I explore local yogurts and the difference between Greek yogurt and others. I also promised to post links to some favorite recipes, including for raita, an Indian condiment based on yogurt. Here you go, along with instructions for making yogurt and yogurt cheese at home, plus a fabulous yogurt dessert.   Cilantro & Mint Raita Ruby Raita Pineapple Raita Radish Raita Banana Raita Coconut Raita Fennel Raita Celery Raita Carrot… Read More »

Chicken au Vinaigre: A Great Match with Zinfandel

In today’s pairing column, which you can read here, I promise to post my recipe for Chicken au Vinaigre, which is a lovely companion with our wine of the week and other zinfandels. Here is the link to that dish. Please note: The on-line version cut off the amount of vinegar called for; you need three-quarters of a cup. Chicken au Vinaigre, a traditional dish from Orleans, France.

Cauliflower Lovers, This Is For You

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I offer two recipes, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Pecans, Soft-Cooked Eggs and Warm Bacon Maple Vinaigrette and Cauliflower with Wild Rice and Brown Butter. Here are more recipes for cauliflower, one as a link and the others as text, as they appeared in columns before they were archived on the Web site. Actually, they appeared before we had a Web site. What is your favorite way to enjoy cauliflower? Let us know… Read More »

More Delicious Zucchini Recipes for Summer’s Harvest

This week’s Seasonal Pantry talks about the abundance of zucchini this year and offers two recipes, Zucchini-Chorizo Tacos and Carbonara-Style Zucchini. You’ll find that column here. Here are more favorite recipes from recent Seasonal Pantry archives. Zucchini Soup Chilled Zucchini Soup with Pesto Zucchini Salsa Algerian Carrots & Zucchini Zucchini Ribbons with Cherry Tomatoes Avocado Zucchini Sandwiches Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Panini with Salsa Verde & Feta Pappardelle with Green Beans, Zucchini Ribbons & Tomatoes Risotto with Zucchini, Peppercorns &… Read More »

What’s Your Favorite Way to Enjoy Eggplant?

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 have a minute, please share them in the comments section below. You may also make a request for other eggplant dishes… Read More »

Potato Salad Season

Potato Salad is the topic of today’s Seasonal Pantry and the column, which you can read here, includes recipes for Sonoma County’s most famous variation, Marshall House Potato Salad, along with Potato & Mussel Salad and Potato Salad with Grilled Steak & Radish Vinaigrette. Writing about potato salad is as much a tradition as making it, or nearly so. In 2012, I featured warm potato salad with several variations, which highlight the salad’s versatility: Warm Potato Salad with Summer Variations: with cherry… Read More »

Barbecue Season. Really.

As promised in today’s Seasonal Pantry, here’s more information about grilling from the Seasonal Pantry’s archives. Links to specific recipes will be posted soon and if you have a request, please post in the comment section and I’ll do my best to get it for you. How to Build a Fire in an Outdoor Grill  For the best outdoor fire, don’t use lighter fluid, which contributes unpleasant flavors to food and unnecessary pollutants to the atmosphere. It can seem an… Read More »