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Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin is not just for jack-o-lanterns. They do start appearing everywhere right before Halloween, but that’s not because of Halloween, it’s because pumpkins are in season. From just before Halloween to a little bit after Thanksgiving, it just feels right to have pumpkin. Your favorite coffee shops start selling pumpkin spiced lattes, the bakery is […]

Quince: Part 1

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quinces look like over-sized pears and apples, going from green to yellow as they ripen. They are often called the ugly cousins and I just don’t get that. I think there’s something so beautiful about the strong and natural look, like stone carvings from 16th century. To me, they’re picturesque in a regal and classic […]

Kefalograviera & Saganaki

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kefalograviera is a hard sheep’s milk cheese from Greece, not as hard as Parmigiano-Reggiano, and a tad drier than most cheddars. It’s a salty snackable cheese, perfect with crackers or fruit, and just as addictive eaten alone. It’s right in that very middle of strong enough to stand out but mild enough for any beginner, […]

Ground Husk Cherry Tomatoes

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Don’t worry, I’m still going to post my review on The French Laundry, but I discovered these Ground Husk Cherry Tomatoes on Monday, right after getting back from California, and I just can’t wait to post this anymore. These are the best things since sliced bread, the coolest farmer’s market discovery, the bomb diggity!

5 Reasons Frozen Shrimp is Better

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I love shrimp and 99% of the shrimp recipes you’ve seen on FoodMayhem have been made with frozen shrimp (defrosted). I use individually quick frozen, RAW shrimp. I prefer shell-on but when the store runs out, I’ll use peeled. Here’s 5 reasons why you should buy frozen shrimp.

Wine Night Series: The Preview

Friday, August 7, 2009

I’ve mentioned some of my wine nights before but never went into the details, but I’ve decided, that’s gotta change. Wine Night is so enjoyable and so easy that everyone should do it. It’s versatile so you don’t get bored, scalable for any number of guests, and is compartmental so that everyone can contribute. What […]

Squash Blossoms for Dummies (me)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Admittedly, I have never eaten or cooked with squash blossoms before. They’ve been haunting me at the farmer’s market because they know I have promised to try every food whenever possible (excluding bugs and Fear Factor type stuff). The resistance is because I share Shana’s point of view about edible flowers being stupid. But for […]

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Thursday, July 30, 2009

One of my favorite things about summer is Heirloom Tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market. They are expensive, usually over $4.50 per pound, but they are so tasty and so beautiful. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, allowing you so many different ways to present them. In my opinion, the best Heirloom Tomato Salad […]

Purple Kohlrabi

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I picked up some Purple Kohlrabi at the Farmer’s Market, which I had never seen before. The purple skin is such an awesome color; it almost looks fake. The leaves are strong looking and the purple veins running through green leaves seem exotic. If you’re not familiar with Kohlrabi, James Peterson has a hilarious description, […]

Red Dandelion Greens

Monday, July 27, 2009

Red Dandelion Greens look really cool, don’t they? They have bright hot pink, almost red, stems with bright green leaves. I throw them into salads for extra color, but they are a bit tougher than your standard greens, so I like to mix them in with some tender leaves. They are a little bitter but […]