A Tuber Like No Other

February 10, 2012 § 3 Comments

It’s getting difficult for me to muster enthusiasm about winter food.  Roasted root vegetables were just right in November.  Kale chips thrilled me in December.  January, what would you have been without beets?  But today I want food that is crisp, and bright, and extremely perishable.  Alas, it is February, and Mother Nature says: DENIED.  So, plan B is to  explore winter vegetables that are new to me –  undiscovered treasures that will deliver the excitement of The First Time.  And that’s how I met my new friend, the Jerusalem Artichoke (nickname: ‘sunchoke’).  Not the sexiest piece of produce I’ve ever laid eyes on, but what it lacks in good looks it makes up in rich, nutty flavor.  Sunchokes will keep my love alive until the first snap peas appear. « Read the rest of this entry »

Garlic Roasted on an Open Fire

December 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sunday morning we were sitting around, wondering how to fill the final day of our long weekend.  We love each other, but as I’ve mentioned, our house is small.  I was looking through my new favorite cookbook, Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater.  His recipes are beautiful and simple, and he describes his meals with gorgeous prose and just enough snark.  I was inspired by a passage where he went ‘to market’ with no shopping list, just a vague idea he would like something to go with the paper-thin slices of French ham in his fridge.  The resulting lunch: Celeriac and Walnut Remoulade with Bayonne Ham, Slices of Grilled Black Pudding, Pan-Fried Apple and Triangles of Crisply Fried Bread with A Simple Salad of Frisee with Lemon and Oil, and Old-Fashioned Cake.  Well. That’s lovely, Nigel.  I said to my husband: “Let’s go to the farmer’s market with only a vague idea that we would like to cook our family dinner and see what happens!!” So we did.

Several hours later, soaking wet and chilled to the bone we were back home with a small fortune worth of Ballard Farmers Market goods, plus two toys purchased at Clover as bribes to keep our children cooperative.  I went to the kitchen and waited for The Muse to tell me what to make for dinner.  My husband went to the living room to start a fire to stave off pneumonia. « Read the rest of this entry »

Roasted Root Vegetables with Fatty Fat Fat

November 14, 2011 § 3 Comments


Earlier this fall I discovered a brand new farm that is growing beautiful, beautiful food – they’re called Hand-Farmed Organics.  I was able to join the tail end of their CSA season and each box has been thrilling!  Really, my whole family has been ecstatic over root vegetables and squash, which isn’t at all typical.  It’s undeniably exciting to have a box of gorgeous produce delivered to your doorstep by one of the farmers that has grown it.  I know that aspect can’t last forever,  but meeting Casey & Ryan and talking to them about what they’re growing and how has us all jazzed. Rutabagas!  Yes! « Read the rest of this entry »

Asparagus & Potato Salad

April 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

This isn’t the first you’ve heard from me about local asparagus, and it won’t be the last. Asparagus is here, and I am compelled to buy a bunch every time I go to grocery store.  Tonight we grilled it –  our standard preparation, always delicious.  But I didn’t take a picture of that, so let me tell you about how I prepared it on Wednesday… « Read the rest of this entry »

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