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Red Pepper & Sun-Dried Tomato Relish

What are we going to do when the tomatoes go away? It was a blandly rhetorical question, but staring down at my plate of dry-farmed Early Girls, a pang of mild panic flickered through me. I don’t know. I DON’T … Continue reading

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Several years ago I took a rambling tour of the Low Country, promenading through Savannah’s gracious moss-draped oaks and Charleston’s honeysuckle-scented gardens. I remember two things best about that trip: that my boyfriend asked me to marry him by the … Continue reading

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Butter Lettuce & Lobster Salad

There’s something awfully festive about serving lobster for lunch, a little fancy even, and this warm-weather salad is a lovely way to do it. Toss sweet hunks of shellfish with ruffles of crisp-tender butter lettuce, little garden peas and creamy … Continue reading

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Warm Kabocha Squash Salad

Kabochas are a Japanese variety of winter squash (most of the crop here in California gets exported to Japan, though they’ve enjoyed an uptick in popularity), squat green pumpkins that average between 2-3 pounds. They’re wonderfully sweet and yielding when … Continue reading

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White Bean and Kale Soup

This is cold weather soup. Rainy day, flat tire, forgot your umbrella, just-want-to-curl-up-under-a-blanket-and-hibernate soup. Packed with earthy kale and creamy white beans in an aromatic broth, it’s warm and nourishing, savory and satisfying. With a flurry of Parmesan, a hunk … Continue reading

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Tomato Tart Niçoise

The tomatoes are finally shining around here, and I’ve been serving them up in plain slabs, naked and unadorned save for a dusting of salt and pepper. After awhile, I figured even perfect tomatoes might like to get a little … Continue reading

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Artichoke & Prosciutto Antipasto

Growing up in Virginia, spring’s arrival was heralded by blooming dogwood trees, several appearances of my mother’s asparagus with hard-cooked egg and my favorite steamed artichokes, their leaves dipped in dishes of warm melted butter and scraped against bottom teeth. … Continue reading

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Brandade

Fans of comfort food, of warm-and-creamy appetizers, of dips and spreads and cheeses: you are going to love me for this. Seafood lovers will swoon. Southerners raised on crab dip and mavens of New York deli whitefish salad, meet your … Continue reading

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Parsnip Soup

Parsnips might be one of the more overlooked root vegetables, the C-list has-been of the produce bin. Cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans and a staple of Yuletide feasts of yore, they eventually fell out of favor when potatoes … Continue reading

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Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart

Oh, caramelized onions. How do I love thee?  Swimming in the darkly savory broth of a French onion soup, tangled up in gruyére. Nested on top of a burger like a sweet-savory crown. On a slab of baguette with a … Continue reading

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