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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 »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Buddy’s Farm, Goldie’s Best eggs

Today, Leuschen cares for a flock of about 800 birds, nearly two dozen of which are roosters. Currently, the hens are producing about 30 dozen fertile eggs a day. By the end of summer, when some of the younger birds come into production, there will be about 40 dozen a day. The eggs are sold direct to customers from the farm.… Read More »

Summer’s First Blush: Apricots

Apricots, as I write in today’s Seasonal Pantry, arrived a few weeks earlier than usual this year. This doesn’t mean there will be a longer season but rather the opposite; the season will likely conclude earlier than usual, too. Whenever apricots ripen, there is a certain urgency to them, as we must enjoy them now, take the time to preserve them or miss them until next year. The season is short and out-of-season options, i.e., apricots from Chile and other… Read More »

Apricot Shrub & Other Yummy Recipes for Summer’s Most Fleeting Fruit

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I talk about apricots, with recipes for Chicken Kababs with Onions, Bacon, Apricots & Spicy Apple Cider Vinaigrette and Summer Bread Salad with Apricots and Warm Bacon-Maple Vinaigrette. I’ll post the promised photograph showing how to weave bacon onto a skewer late this afternoon or early evening. In celebration of the fruit’s brief season, I’ve searched the archives for recipes using fresh apricots. Apricot Shrub  A shrub is a refreshing fruit… 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 »

Artichoke Season!

Because artichokes are bountiful in the spring, it is easy to assume they are a spring crop. But in California, which supplies 100 percent of commercial artichokes in the US, artichokes are harvested year round, with crops peaking in the spring and again in the fall. … Read More »

Simple Summer Dishes for Dinner

With summer’s harvest in full swing, you can put together simple, delicious dinners quickly, especially when you rethink what dinner actually means.… Read More »

What’s Your Favorite Mustard?

When mustard flowers blanket the fields and meadows of northern California, it is impossible not to think of mustard, one of the world’s most popular condiments. Share your favorites here, where you will find delicious spring recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives.… Read More »