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Tag Archive for ‘asparagus’

The Best of Spring: Just Asparagus & Rhubarb for Supper

I’m introducing a novel idea that makes so much sense and it comes from, of course, my Mom. She loved to describe her favorite childhood meal: a platter of freshly harvested corn on the cob with butter and salt, strawberries for dessert. Just that. She and her eleven siblings ate well and savored that meal, […]

Cauliflower, Asparagus, Spices & Spring

Aloo Gobi, a standard of Indian cuisine, has had my attention for a while now, a combination of cauliflower, potatoes, sometimes peas, cooked together with a piquant combination of a chef’s favored spices, garam masala. With this in mind, I bought a head of cauliflower the other day, a year-round brassica, especially appreciated in winter, […]

Spring’s Fast Fresh Food

Time for fresh, quickly cooked food from nearby and savoring it under a blossoming tree somewhere. If it doesn’t rain first, says the pessimist self; definitely, the sun is back says the optimist. Lilacs, asparagus and herbs mark the season – and anniversaries. Branches of blooming lilacs festooned our May sailboat wedding along with pizza, […]

Stir-Fry a la Jamie Oliver

I’m not sure how many of you have been watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution but I’ve been finding it both fun and inspiring. Sure, it’s a reality TV show but in this case, it’s all about replacing the sugar, fat & salt-laden processed food served in most public school lunchrooms with fresh, nutritious, homemade food. […]

Reclaiming Asparagus Butts

Tender edible asparagus tips are one thing, the tougher butt ends another. More flotsam and jetsam, stuff in the kitchen that we know we should, but don’t really want to mess with. Discounted food sits on the culinary conscience like an unread book on the shelf. Maybe the economic state of affairs fosters a new […]

Tabula Pizza

Does anyone else wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking about very strange things? When that happens to me, I’m sometimes convinced I’ve had a brilliant breakthrough. My latest brainstorm, coincidentally the night of the last big windstorm, had to do with pizza. More specifically, thinking of pizza dough as a […]

Wrap & Roll: Asparagus

There are more than a couple of us early birds at the University Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Even when it’s hard to get out of bed, I like being there just before the bell rings, experiencing the vendors setting up, taking their last few sips of coffee before meeting the public. This week as […]

Duck Duck Yuck

I wanted to love duck eggs. Really. I had seen Jamie Oliver using them on my favorite (and only) cooking show, Jamie at Home. He makes everything look healthy and delicious. (The fact that he is so adorable doesn’t hurt). He was dipping asparagus into a soft-boiled duck egg surrounded by his huge kitchen garden. […]

A Local Meal: Salmon en Papillote

Ever since I saw this recipe in The Herbfarm Cookbook, I’ve wanted to make it. Just give me some scissors and a chance to cut out paper valentines and I’m a happy girl. Fish cooked in a parchment envelope is so simple even instruction-challenged people like me can figure it out. Don’t worry, I’m going […]

Asparagus: First of the Season

Early spring asparagus is one of the most eagerly awaited vegetables in our house. It finally made its debut last weekend at the University Farmers Market. The flavor of freshly harvested asparagus says spring in the Northwest even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. There are many ways to cook asparagus so we may have several […]