First… my sister Diane sent me a delightful little cookbook for Christmas, Biscotti, by Mona Talbott and Mirella Misenti. I wanted to make the “Biscotti Regina” right away, but the flu had me down, and the holidays, and time just got away and the idea was forgotten.
It’s happened! We woke up to a definite chill in the air, cold floors to pad downstairs to put on the tea, and then I looked out the window. Yep, the frost is on the pumpkins this morning! Luckily I had picked a big bunch of Thai basil last night as I knew I wanted to make this recipe. Unfortunately the rest of the basil patch as succumbed to the deadly black leaves that those chilly
With the harvest of leeks, I always think of making soup. We are still having some warm days, but the nights are cooling rapidly. Time to get the last of the produce out of the garden soon, and haul the pots into the sunny windows indoors.
The leeks did pretty well in my community garden. I started them in pots indoors in early spring. To get the longest white parts
The foods of my youth come back to me more than I realize. I’ve cooked foods from around the world, and relish spicy Indian, exotic Vietnamese, and gourmet French food whenever I can. But…when all comes down to it, and when I just need a taste of home, it’s always the foods that my mom made. Iowa is sometimes called “The Pork Capitol of the World”, so it’s not odd that I love bacon. I’m not alone in that…even if you’re not from Iowa! With the first vine ripened
On a hot summer day, who wants to spend lots of time in the kitchen, at least not at dinner time when the heat of the day has invaded every pore. Not me. But I do love to cook, and have to find ways to get my fix without a lot of fuss. My solution? Making pasta early in the morning, letting it dry throughout the day and cooking up a quick meal in about 15 minutes when I get home from work.
I’ve been growing alliums! The garlic is harvested and drying in the garage…cool and dark, and the shallots have been laying in the yard, drying in the sun. Both in the same family…but different curing methods. They are both a little early this year, as is expected, as everything is early. This morning I found some beautiful beans at the market.
My friend Lu went to an Indian cooking class at the CIA in New York and learned a wonderful method to make naan. We were going to make it together, but I was moving my kitchen and she was buying a new house and moving, and it just never worked out. This summer we vowed to do it. This was the week! I love Indian food, and don’t make it often enough. The fragrant scent of the spices as I open the tin, the brilliant colors of the vegetables, and the lingering aroma
Finally!! Gardening is always such a lesson in patience. You’d think I’d know that by now. I’ve had a few snippets of herbs and a strawberry or two, but this is the first picking from the vegetable garden. The garlic was planted last fall and today I picked scapes, the flower stalk. Not only does cutting them help the plant to direct energy to the root–which is what we are really after, but also is a very nice addition to soups and sauces.
The Portabella mushroom kit really popped up and filled the box. Harvesting 2 1/4 pounds was pretty exciting.What’s even better, is it’s “pinning” again! That means all the tiny buttons of mushrooms are forming. It took about a week till harvest, so there will be more on the way soon. For this flush I made a bacon–blue cheese filling for phyllo appetizers and some pickled stems, along with throwing a few into omelets and stir-fries during the week.
I’ve been busy. Long time, no post….but check this out. There are funny looking things growing in my house. On purpose. With an assignment for an article about growing mushrooms on your kitchen counter, I’ve got 5 little habitats of fungi sprouting from bags or boxes and hopefully some day from a log. Still waiting on that one!
The most interesting, and so far the most successful, has been the lion’s mane. I’ve never seen or tasted this one before.