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Potted Cheddar with Bacon and Shallots

I have a thing for cheese.  Real cheese.  Sharp, salty, creamy.  I have a thing for cheddar in particular.  Cheddar so sharp it smacks you in the mouth. And it's that love that … [Read more...]

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How to Brew Water Kefir (a quick tutorial)

Water kefir, a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, is remarkably simple to prepare  and often more palatable than other probiotic tonics like kombucha and beet … [Read more...]

Mulled Wine Recipe

Heady and Aromatic: Mulled Wine for the Holidays

As the cold of winter sets in, I want for warmth and for companionship.  It's this time of year that we bring friends to our kitchen table a little more often, sharing with them … [Read more...]

A Traditional Siberian Dumpling: Pelmeni

Pelmeni, traditional dumplings that hold a near-sacred place in the hearts of the Siberian people inhabiting the Ural mountains, have made their way to convenience stores and the … [Read more...]

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Weeds on the Kitchen Table: Wilted Dandelion Greens with Toasted Mustard Seed

Dandelion greens, like all greens, love fat.  Their robust bitterness and peppery undertones are muted, to some degree, by the liquid smoothness of unrefined olive oil or – even … [Read more...]

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Sole Meuniere

Sole meunière is heavenly – slightly crispy, dripping with brown butter and infused with lemon and parsley.  For all its flavor of citrus, butter and fresh parsley, sole meunière … [Read more...]

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Salted & Smoked Salmon Roe

Salmon roe is one of my favorite foods (and my husband and son share my love of those beautiful translucent little orange balls of briny goodness).  And every time I post to … [Read more...]

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Every Apple Has Its Star & a Recipe for Apple-pear Sauce

I love the fruits of autumn - pears and quince, yes, but it is the apples I love most of all.  Indeed, eighty-five pounds of pomaceous fruit lurk in stacked cardboard boxes in my … [Read more...]