Leftover pasta, tomato, no recipe = lusciousness

   September 12, 2014 12:56 pm    0

I’ve learned to cook by reading recipes. Thousands of them. Which probably means to some people that I’ve never learned to cook at all. Well, I’m here to tell you I’m finally getting somewhere. The other night, I had a container of leftover rotini, a tomato and some cream and a grumbling belly. What happened next…


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Best BLTs I’ve ever made honored beautiful tomato

   August 28, 2014 4:13 pm    0

I had no plan for dinner last night other than leftovers. Again. Until photographer and gardener extraordinaire Jack Hanrahan put out a beautiful bowl of beautiful tomatoes yesterday, free for the taking. I heard the screeching of tires in my brain, as I made a sharp mental right into fantasyland. Big, beautiful BLTs were in…


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Beer Can-less Chicken saves the day

   August 27, 2014 10:21 am    0

Over our vacation last week, we visited with friends who made beer-can chicken on the grill for dinner. I’d forgotten how much fun that is since I did it several years ago for my column. When I did it, I used 4-pound fryers, and they cooked pretty fast, but Joe used mammoth ones, at least 6…


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Zucchini fritters make huge mess that’s so worth it

   August 25, 2014 2:17 pm    0

Had friends for dinner yesterday. They were tasty. No, just kidding. Friends came over for dinner yesterday. I was afraid, irrationally, that I did not have enough food planned, so I’m thumbing through Facebook on my phone and saw this: Crispy Zucchini Fritters. Mmm hmmm, I said. Perfect. Except that frying is kind of a…


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It’s Lemon Meringue Pie Day!

   August 15, 2014 3:08 pm    0

It’s Lemon Meringue Pie Day. I needed to look up the recipe anyway cuz I told my neighbor I’d make him one in exchange for cutting our tree down. So here: MILE-HIGH LEMON MERINGUE PIE 1 9-inch pie crust 1 large egg yolk 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 cup plus one tablespoon sugar 2/3 cup…


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Cashew butter rich in velvety puree

   August 15, 2014 11:24 am    0

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Revolutionary Pizza.” The winner is Gay D. Cook. I’ll pop it into the mail today. Everyone is running pell-mell to the nut butter aisle and grocers are responding. Next to the Jif and Nutella, you can now find natural peanut butter, almond butter, tahini (sesame paste), sometimes…


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Get up. Stand up. For ripe melon salad.

   August 13, 2014 11:01 am    0

I don’t know how you feel these days, but I’m in no mood to work my late-summer butt off in the kitchen on a weeknight. The other night I made zucchini soup and mashed potatoes and I felt like I’d just got done with Thanksgiving. Last night I got wrapped up in Robin Williams stories…


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You don’t need no stinking recipe this time of year

   August 12, 2014 3:58 pm    0

My kitchen is packed to the gills with produce right now. It’s just that time of year. John’s mom came last weekend and brought all kinds of stuff, and I’ve picked up my share here and there around town. It’s kind of nice, because I can look at all these seasonal recipes that come online…


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Soup takes the ZZZZ out of zucchini

   August 11, 2014 2:14 pm    0

Now seems like a good time to revisit one of my favorite recipes of all time: Zucchini soup. It’s so simple even a caveman could do it. In fact, they probably did. At least the cavewomen anyway. It was the recipe that introduced me to the genius and deliciousness of vegetable purees in general, and…


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Blueberry Crumble will make your weekend

   August 1, 2014 3:26 pm    0

If you thought you were going to get through berry season without a crumble, you were wrong. This one is mandatory. It comes from co-worker Fiona Branton, who made it from a recipe she found at well, actually, she found it on Buzzfeed, which found it at averiecooks. Whatever. It’s crazy good. We had pot…


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