In my pantry there was…

In my pantry there was…

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Salty Taters

Looking for a different way to bring potatoes to the table?  The recipe, at a minimum, requires rock salt and potatoes.  Hardier herbs like sage, thyme, or rosemary can be added. The potatoes are cooked in their skins.  It is important to brush the outside clean of any residual dirt.  Leave the poppies whole.  Leave…

A Cinderella Story

The crinkly skinned heirloom pumpkin  had stood out at the farmers market for its fascinating ugliness.  The thick taupe skin was striated north to south with deep, wiggly lined crevasses.  All right my weird wonder into the shopping bag you go with plans for maple roasted chunks or cumin spiced soup dancing around as ideas…

Soaked, Simmered, and Roasted

The discovery of the navy beans during an end of year pantry clean out spurred the cooking of this dish into motion. The beans were soaked for 24+ hours.  Then, simmered for another few with a pinch of backing soda, rosemary, and bay leaf until they were nearly falling apart.  Before the mushrooms were prepared…

Lamb chops

One goal at the dawn of the new year is to bring new and sometimes unexpected flavors into the kitchen.  Perfunctory meals are dreary.  Cooking one small element of life that is under my control.  With that power I choose to make meals that bring silence to the dinner table. Lamb chops are no revolutionary…

Berry Bounty

I came home from the farmer’s market on Sunday with a flat of raspberries.  Full on magenta berries heady with their sweet floral aroma.  So far this week they have made it on top of oatmeal and into lunches for snacks.  Nothing more adventurous than that. I find myself digging around for a few more…

Herbs and Spices

I enjoy reading cookbooks as much as I enjoy consuming fiction.  The stories, the process, they way a cook gets from ingredients to finished product is fascinating.  Earlier this year I finally purchased The Ottolenghi Cookbook.  Why it took me so long I will never know, nor does it really matter. Using this book I have…

Focaccia

There is only so much pizza that can be consumed in one night.  After many pies were constructed and consumed a mound of dough remained.  It was boxed up and placed back in the fridge to slowly rise in its cool confines overnight. The next morning the dough now pliant and slack was laid out…

Dough-dough

I spent much of the summer cooking meals outside.  I was dedicated to keeping the heat out of the kitchen and in turn out of the house. Now it is November. Snow falls in heavy flakes outside the window yesterday afternoon; a growing ball of dough lay nestled in its bowl under a tea towel…

Braised

The night before it snowed in early November two rough and tough lamb shanks were taken to task. The initial preparation was nothing fancy.  The cast iron pan was heated.  Lamb shanks were well seasoned and oiled.  While they browned in one pan diced onion and minced garlic sweated in another.  Quartered yukon gold potatoes…