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Saag Paneer-Greens and Indian Cheese

Now that you have made Paneer, how do you use it? In my pre-chef life, I had the good fortune for many years of spending multiple weeks each year in India, specifically Mumbai. Because I traveled so much, my boss wanted to make my time outside the office enjoyable. He knew I loved to cook […]

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Vegetable Bin Pasta: A Quick and Easy Pasta Recipe

As I was sautéing a mound of hot Italian sausage for a stuffing for an event, I knew there was a little bit too much.  Should I baggie it, throw it in the freezer to find it a year later, looking like freezer-burned dead squirrel?  Or should I just cook it and use it for […]

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Recipe For Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Some say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. I guess that about sums it up when it comes to me and planting tomatoes.  Baby tomatoes to be specific. Every year around this time as I look out at my heavily laden plants, I […]

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A Recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes: It IS Easy Being Green

Yeah, I used to think that fried green tomatoes was the name of a movie (it was) and was eaten by the same people who ate trotters and chicken fried steak-what is that anyway??  Unripe tomatoes.  Fried.  Oh, let’s take a healthy vegetable and make it unhealthy. Crusted with gritty cornmeal. Nah. I’ll take my […]

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Favas Beans are Fabulous

The people who know me will tell you that I obsess over Fava beans at this time of year.  The season is very short and not many people grow them.  I think most people don’t know what they are or what to do with them, although you will by the end of this post.  I […]

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Grilled Cauliflower

Grilling Cauliflower and Other Vegetables

I love grilling season.  For me it means simple meals with lots of fresh picked veggies.  It means corn carbs, rather than potato carbs.  Minimum oven work to heat up the kitchen.  A break from complicated sauces and heavy stews. Lighter, quicker meals start-to-finish.  Cooking with less fat and leaving the butter in the refrigerator […]

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Thanksgiving Post Mortem and Sweet Potato Brulee

I can say it now.  I am glad Thanksgiving is over.  Days of cooking, untold stacks of pot and pans, days of cleaning up, and putting away.  I am done with re-boxing the glassware-I do not keep glasses for 33 people in my kitchen cabinets-stacking and storing the dishes (ditto), soaking and washing the tablecloths-not […]

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Roasted Cauliflower and Red Onions

Roasting vegetables is one of the easiest ways to cook vegetables and the technique is especially suited for harder fall and winter root vegetables; think carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, and potatoes.  Softer summer vegetables- think squash, peppers and asparagus- can, of course, be roasted, but they contain a lot of water so it is a […]

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Southern Marinated Tomatoes

A chill is in the air.  The nights are in the 40’s.  Fall is here and my tomatoes are drooping, but I have a Custer’s last stand red crop.  I have made enough puree to fill a small country’s freezer.  Now what?  Ok, my next to last tomato recipe for 2013.  This one is a […]

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Fresh, Bright and Light Tomato Sauce

By now you are probably overwhelmed with tomatoes.  If you don’t have a friend who organizes a tomato war, as my older son did, you are probably wondering what to do with the bounty.  My suggestion is to invest in a food strainer-they run about $50, but if you want to utilize your tomato harvest […]

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