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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 »

Kiss Me, I’m Irish: More Than A Dozen Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Or at least cook with me . . . use any of my Irish recipes and we’ll be cooking together,  in spirt. If you have a big family or will be feeding a crowd on St. Patrick’s Day, you can use my recipe for Sonoma Boiled Dinner with just a couple of changes; use corned beef for the meat and replace the cotechini with lamb riblets or simply omit it. It won’t be strictly traditional but it will be delicious… Read More »

Blueberry Recipes: Chutney, Salsa, Risotto & More

Blueberry season calls for blueberry recipes. … Read More »

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 »

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 »