Monthly Archives: January 2010

Molten Chocolate Cakes, Accidental Home Runs

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As a kid, I once played a game of softball with my summer day-camp classmates in which I was somehow responsible for a home run. It was a one-in-a-million chance, that I would hit that ball so dang far, that the bases would be loaded, and that the other team was incompetent enough to let […]

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Lemon Risotto with Spinach and Leeks

Lemon Risotto with Spinach and Leeks

There is something perfect about this dish just for the colors: in January, the yellows, greens and white are a welcome boost of brightness in a cold month characterized by long, dark evenings. You get the sense that you are eating well on multiple fronts. There is the gratification of carbs, the levity of the […]

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Coq Au Vin, Who Knew?

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Winter is pretty much declared OVER in California by Feb. 1, so we really must pretend it’s cold outside while we can. My roommate Colleen, author of the above, is not exactly sold on our milder iteration of winter, being an east coast transplant. But! We are in the midst of a series of storms […]

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The Reticent Mollusk

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Rowan Jacobsen, author of A Geography of Oysters and the website The Oyster Guide, says this of consuming the delicate bivalves: You have to proceed with confidence and make carnality an asset. Think like a predator. Grab the shell, raise it to your lips, tilt your head back, slurp the oyster in, and give a […]

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Hunt, Gather

Langdon Cook, author of the superb foraging and food blog Fat of the Land, has decided to take on hunting in 2010. There’s no way around the pun: hunting is a loaded subject. It’s a divisive one. But there’s a lot to be said for taking ownership of your food. And a wild animal has […]

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