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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 »

French Lamb Loaf, Sicilian Frittata & Other Delicious Options for Easter Brunch

In the April 4, 2012 Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I offer two delicious recipes–Savory Bread Pudding with Leeks, Asparagus & Sausage and Spring Frittata with Mustard & Herbs–that are ideal for Easter brunch that work well if you must cook them at home and transport them to another location. In that column, I promised links to other good options for Easter, whether you’ll be hosting a festive meal yourself or heading out to join family and friends somewhere… Read More »

Cooking with Wine: Some Favorite Recipes

As I promised in today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I’m posting links to some of my favorite recipes that call for wine. Because I use it so frequently, it is impossible to include all the recipes here. I’ve chosen those most suited to fall and winter and have also selected examples that defy the common wisdom of white wine with fish, chicken and vegetables and red wine with red meats. Cooking with White Wine: Firehouse Clams and… Read More »

Lime-Scented Gazpacho & Other Chilled Soups

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I promise links to more recipes for gazpacho, so here you go. If you have a favorite version–either at a restaurant or in your own kitchen–please tell us about it in the comments section below. Lime-Scented Gazpacho with Avocado Puree Creamy Avocado Gazpacho with Tzatsiki & Sungolds Yogurt Gazpacho Fresh Tomato Soup with Burrata Bulgarian-Style Chilled Yogurt Soup Chilled Yogurt  Soup with Chermoula Chilled Tomato and Cilantro Soup Yogurt Soup with… Read More »

My favorite peach recipes, plus yours?

As promised in today’s Fresh From Our Farmers, which focuses on Dry Creek Peach & Produce and which you can read here, here are some of my favorite peach recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives. If you have a favorite recipe using peaches, tell us about it in the comment section below. In today’s column, I also promised Johanna Monroe’s recipe for Hungarian Sweet Peppers, which you’ll find at the end of this post. Wild Arugula with Peaches, Prosciutto & Drunken… Read More »

From the Archives: More St. Supery Pairings

In today’s Pairing column, which you can read here, I write about St. Supery 2011 Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc and pair it the sauteed wild flounder with frisee, arugula and grapefruit vinaigrette. In the column, I promise recipes from the previous Wine of the Week awards a St. Supery sauvignon blanc has received. Et voila, here you go: In April of 2008, St. Supery 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc was our Wine of the Week but I’ve not been… Read More »

Golden Beet Risotto, Red Beet Caviar, Winter Sunset Soup with Burrata & More

As promised in today’s Seasonal Pantry, here are links to beet recipes from the archives, along with a favorite recipe that appeared in the column before it was available on line (i.e., pre-2004). If you have a favorite way to enjoy beets, please share it here in the comments section. Beet Caviar Minced Beets with Cheese & Croutons • Serves 6 to 8 3 large (about 1  3/4 pounds total weight) red beets 1 small red onion 2 tablespoons minced fresh… Read More »

Soup Weather Arrives

As days shorten and temperatures drop, we’re more inclined to make soup than at other times of the year. Here’s a collection of favorite soup recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives. … Read More »