Category Archives: seasonal

Local Dirt

Here’s how it started with this book. At first I thought, sure, eating local is easy if you live and work on a farm, But as I flipped through the seasonal recipes I remembered those few leaves of kale and … Continue reading

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Salt, Smoke, Time

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece –John Ruskin Maybe you’ve kept your sourdough starter alive for a year or two, or you’ve got some kombucha bubbling in the corner of the fridge. Feeling pretty brave about those … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the Basement–Summer

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” Paul Prudhomme Summer reading is usually a novel with “girls” disappearing, having tattoos, or parsing shades of gray. Or one of those airport potboilers that I fear are filling up … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth!

and Happy Summer! Enjoy local produce and some American history with Bread & Beauty!

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An exhibition, not a contest, so…no wagering

I know some people treat cookie swaps as contests, but ours is more an excuse to get together, drink champagne, and laugh. Everyone lays out their contributions on the table–I find it easier to enter a party with a task, … Continue reading

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The Vegetable, Recipes that Celebrate Nature

The near end of the street was rather dark and had mostly vegetable shops…piles of white and green fennel…and great sheaves of young, purplish, sea-dust colored artichokes, nodding in their buds, piles of great radishes, scarlet and bluey purple, carrots, long … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest–The Farmette Cookbook and Seasons to Taste

This review appeared in Cookbook Digest, March 2016, just in time for warm spring and sprouting farm markets. In Seasons to Taste, Jonathan Bardzik shares recipes inspired by seasonal flavors. If you’re in the DC area, check him out when … Continue reading

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The Field to Table Cookbook

The perils of duck hunting are great–especially for the duck.   Walter Cronkite Most people would look at a field and see a bucolic view; Susan Ebert sees dinner. Maybe you’ve been thinking about cleaning up your eating–signing up for … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Summer Cooking

When the weather turns, I find myself shifting seasons in the closet–putting away sweaters, digging out T-shirts–and in the kitchen. And when summer is firmly set, I find myself pulling out my worn copy of Elizabeth David’s Summer Cooking. My … Continue reading

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Indian Pudding Rules!

It’s Thanksgiving and Indian Pudding continues its march (humor me) toward dessert hegemony–one sweet to rule them all! This year, it made the New York Times review of Thanksgiving dishes that “evoke” the 50 states. Though to my mind, the Times mistakenly … Continue reading

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