Category Archives: Adventures in cooking

Forage and garden: bitter-sweet and homemade amaro

Having spent a full day indoors at the computer, the time has come to mix a cocktail (a rye Manhattan with both sweet and dry vermouth and a splash of Cocchi Vermouth di Torino) and walk in the remaining warmth … Continue reading

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Baking wheat-free: grind your own grains

The web is full of gluten-free posts, but for many of us it isn’t the gluten but some other aspect of wheat (and I’m researching this to post later) that cause our problems. For me it isn’t celiac or digestive discomforts that … Continue reading

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Summer into autumn

Summer foraging is over, the pickles are made, tomatoes roasted and canned. Now all those berries I picked while it was too hot to cook have to go into pots for jam. This year was my first for  pickling – starting … Continue reading

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Positano dreaming – a Campania menu

A year ago this week we were in Positano, Italy with a group of friends with whom we love to travel, celebrating the 50th birthday of our friend Jane. We ten (David, Paul and Jane, Kate and Jay, Kevin and … Continue reading

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Ramps, an obsession

While most Americans identify April 15 with tax filing, I anxiously await the date as the first sure day to find ramps in the woods. Ramps (allium trioccum) are first of the wild edible greens (ahead of dandelion greens) to … Continue reading

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Crispy fried ramps

Sweet allium genus! I love all onions: Vidalias, Big Texas Sweets, red onions, shallots, leeks, scallions, chives, scapes, ramps and garlic. Chives are like bright green grasses inviting bees, while ornamentals on their tall stems provide architectural dynamism to the … Continue reading

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The Ramp Goddess

When I am at a really great concert I often get a flood of my own visionary ideas. There’s some connection about being moved by another’s inspired outpouring, someone working at a high creative and intuitive level that provokes from … Continue reading

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