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It’s Asparagus Season!

When of spring’s most delicious delicacies, asparagus, is now available at local farmers markets. Here’s you’ll find delicious recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives.… Read More »

Your St. Patrick’s Day Traditions + My Recipes

The weather certainly is cooperating when it comes to celebrating Irish cooking, isn’t it? Rain, fog and rolling green hills make lamb stew, corned beef, botxy, colcannon, soda bread and such taste that much better, don’t you think? And while we’re at it, it’s St. Paddy’s, not St. Patty’s (which would refer to St. Patricia). End of today’s lesson. Now it’s time for show-and-tell. In today’s Seasonal Pantry, I ask about your St. Patrick’s Day traditions, food, drink and otherwise.… 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 »

A Delicious & Easy Way To Entertain

When you prepare polenta is a slow-cooker, it stays creamy for hours, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your guests. It’s a perfect way to entertain on, say, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Polenta has the added attraction of being very inexpensive. Look for Golden Pheasant brand or Guisto’s Organic Polenta.… Read More »

RIP Ophelia

I had a chicken in Forestville. A week ago, a critter got into the coop and killed her and one other hen. It is one of the risks of raising chickens, but worth the heartache when you understand the superiority of eggs from happy, well-fed hens. Recipes, too, of course.… Read More »