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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 »

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 »

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 »