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September 12, 2014

This is a great bachelor’s dinner, but you can certainly make more at the same time, in a larger pan. My favorite salad with a steak is torn Bibb lettuce dressed with a little olive oil, sea salt, and some brine from a bottle of cornichons (or any pickle juice) instead...

July 1, 2014

Last night I walked past my neighbor’s garden, delightfully overwhelmed by the perfume of basil in the air. “Liguria!” I thought, and went directly to make these eggs, a delicious, and transporting, midnight treat.  Liguria is home to Genoa, the great port; Santa Margh...

May 6, 2014

I found this zany old Betty Crocker advertisement on Etsy one late night: It seems, in 1950, a Navy man and his lovely wife entered a cake-baking contest, and, get this: The Navy man won! The Navy, we’re told, served him well. And I thought…I haven’t baked a cake in a...

March 23, 2014

On a walk to the water I imagined a Chinese Junk in the bay, and told myself a story about a journey long ago from the other side of the ocean.  I imagined the welcome the subjects of the Song Dynasty would have received from the natives, and how the sailors from here...

January 12, 2014

Poached pears in wine; delicious but fancy somehow. Apple cobbler; seems too Christmasy halfway through winter. Hot fudge sundae? Reminds me of summer. So what, I ask you, is a more delicious winter dessert than pineapple upside down cake? It’s juicy and gooey and warm...

December 13, 2013

Perhaps chowder isn’t the most typical of holiday dishes, but I think it’s the perfect winter soup. Creamy and simple, it’s comforting and delicious. And even more so if you make it with clams freshly dug from the sand, as many locals here do all through the winter. Th...