Category Archives: Wild

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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Saffron Coconut Sablés

Saffron Coconut Sablés (butter cookies) encrusted with nuts This year’s new Christmas cookie is another one for the more sophisticated palette, as addictive as your favorite homey cookies of yore but also perfect to serve at the end of an … Continue reading

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Ok, you can’t see the granola for the berries in this shot, but it’s under there.  While berries are in season I can’t get enough of them so breakfast is equal portions of cereal and fruit. As much as I … Continue reading

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One pickle at a time

Because of the mild winter and untimely warm days before the equinox, ramps were up early in our region. Instead of the usual April 15 to early June; we started harvesting in early March. But my inner ramp calendar has … Continue reading

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Variations on a wild ramp

The season for ramps started early this year after the March warm up. While walking our yard to see what little flowering bulbs were up, I noticed that all the ramps I had planted in earlier years were already green. … Continue reading

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Quince Curd for Thanksgiving Tarts

The illustration of the quince (cydonia oblonga) was archived by, taken from Dictionnaire encyclopédique Trousset, also known as the Trousset encyclopedia, Paris, 1886 – 1891. As quince ripen in the autumn, filling out like mishapen apples; they go from … Continue reading

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Crispy ramp and cracked pepper flatbread

Call it flatbread, roti (or chapati), Podpłomyk, piadini, manna or crisp bread. It’s really more like a cracker. Make it with rye flour and you get Finn bread or Wassa.  Cover it with sautéed onions and bacon before baking and … Continue reading

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