Category Archives: Vegetables

Grits and Greens: Holiday breakfast for overnight guests

New Year’s day breakfast After holiday nights indulging in sweets and alcohol, breakfast needs to be an antidote: hearty and umume, but also nourishing and comforting. Hot cereals like oatmeal or grits are warming to the core and carry us … 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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Grilled vegetable Napoleon

For grilled vegetables I like a hibachi or other small grill – tabletop or freestanding, it suits my outdoor grilling space.  Still, big box stores often lure me with the curbside proximity to those gleaming stainless monsters with side burners, … Continue reading

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A rhubarb rubric

I’ve neglected rhubarb season for weeks while I was digging ramps, and getting the garden beds ready for planting. I built two new raised beds (for beans, snap peas and asparagus) and I moved the kitchen garden bed after the … Continue reading

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Spinach and ramp pie

Byrek Me Spinaq – Albanian Spinach Pie Some of our most incredible travel and dining experiences have been with our friends Paul and Jane Athanas. With them we’ve eaten at great restaurants in Rome and the Amalfi coast, New York, … Continue reading

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Ramps in Bloom

If you haven’t had a chance to discover this for yourself: ramps stink. Oniony aromas expand in the kitchen as you clean and cook them. I never put them in the trashcan because the smell will fill the house. And … 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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