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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 »

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 »

Fresh Favas: Enjoy Them Now

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I talk about one of the season’s fleeting treats, fresh fava beans. In that column I offer two recipes, Spring Caprese and A Simple Spring Risotto, and promise to post links to some of my other favorite ways to enjoy favas, which you’ll find below, followed by another simple but really yummy spring dish. Strozzapreti Primavera, with favas, carrots, fennel, asparagus, artichoke hearts, mint & creme fraiche Oven-Roasted Asparagus with Shallot-Fava… Read More »

Bah-humbug, sort of

Valentine’s Day disturbs me and it has for a long time, ever since I read the economic statistics: More money is spent on this holiday than any other, save Christmas. Between this knowledge and the constant barrage of ads to buy buy buy to prove your love, the whole thing makes me mildly queasy. It is easy to get the impression that a woman buys some little something for her beau then sits back, arms crossed, waiting for an expensive… Read More »