Quick Fix: Halibut with Fennel and Tomato Sauce

October 18, 2011
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We’ve been MIA lately and for that we apologize. Life has been rather busy, with a recently catered event, a visit from my sister and a wedding in Houston, among other things. A whole lot of evenings seem to have passed with meals at restaurants or recipes not worth mentioning. It’s busy times like these when […]

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Roasted Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese and Garlic

September 1, 2011
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Many of us are looking wistfully towards the cooler weather of fall, stubbornly expectant that one morning soon the air will be chilled and the breeze a tad faster and bit more crisp. Until that happens though, we’ve got late summer tomatoes to eat up! After a recent Onion Pie courtesy of Andreas Viestad, I […]

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An (Almost) Raw Summer Dinner

July 8, 2011
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For those of you who prefer to cook as little as possible over the hot summer months, here is a fabulous dinner that requires a whole lot of chopping, but no more then 4 minutes of grilling to complete. It also includes many of the summer’s best flavors; tangy heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn and succulent […]

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Tomatoes for Tomorrow

June 20, 2011
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Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods and, happily for me, the summer time is when they get to truly shine (and I get to eat as many as I can stomach). Fresh, juicy, sweet, hulking heirlooms are available everywhere, but especially wonderful if found locally and not trucked or flown in from across state […]

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Market Morsels: Summer Squash

June 14, 2011
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My favorite time to cook is the summer months. More accurately, it is my favorite time to un-cook. My kitchen is exposed and suffers from poor air circulation. It gets hot and the idea of using the oven for more then a few minutes makes me seriously uncomfortable. Plus, I have little room in my heart […]

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Side Bar: Great Summer Salads

April 28, 2011

This town loves meat. Pork, beef, chicken (and turtle, rabbit, and duck for that matter). We’ll eat it in all of its wonderful shapes, sizes, flavors and forms. Backyard BBQs and fish boils are a way of life around here and this time of year nature is practically screaming at you to get your butt […]

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Life’s Little Pleasures

April 15, 2011
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Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most satisfying. Take the tomato for example; perfect in its simplicity. It’s subtle sweetness, its juicy crunch. When in season they are perfect picked off the vine with just a sprinkle of sea salt. Yet they have depth of flavor and texture. Stew them and you create […]

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Weekly Menu Spotlight

November 8, 2010

The Gourmet: I love to feed people. And I think that, at this point in my life, I am a fairly advanced cook. However, sometimes I just get sick of coming up with meals. Friday night after perusing the interwebs for menu inspiration and finding none, I turned to two old favorites: Jamie Oliver and Ina Garten. Jamie, Ina […]

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For Posterity’s Sake

November 1, 2010

The Gourmet: With a few exceptions our group of friends is made up of a variety of transplants. Big City, Small Town, Northern, Southern, European, South American, you name it. Needless to say, we have made our own little family. It is as eclectic, dysfunctional and wonderful as any other. Sunday night has become Gourmet/Gourmand Family Dinner […]

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