Yearly Archives: 2011

SURFACING // GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH WITH APPLE + SAGE

Wow. What a month this has been. When I embarked on this blog, there was a certain hope that it would be a path to something viable in the pursuit of the things I am most passionate about. But I didn’t know what form that would take, or when it would happen, or what it […]

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GATHERING SEA SALT | PADRON PEPPERS

A tangle of seaweed

Making my own sea salt is something I’ve long been interested in trying. But it’s not exactly practical. First, you have to do a little research to figure out whether or not the seawater you’ll be collecting is clean. Then, you trudge a large quantity of (very heavy) vessels from the beach. Next, you’ll boil […]

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ROAST CORNISH GAME HEN WITH PRESERVED LEMONS & BAY LEAF BUTTER

Cornish Game Hen with Preserved Lemons & Bay Leaf Butter

I thought that I had generated an awesome original concept with this bay leaf butter. But no, of course I am not the first person ever in the history of home cooking to consider adding herbs to butter. And yeah, David Chang totally beat me to it. A lot of these ideas come to me […]

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CONCORD GRAPE SHRUB

Vinegar shrubs are just about the neatest thing ever. While there is apparently a long and noble tradition of diluting vinegar in water with a little honey for a refreshing drink, the shrub seems to have risen to popularity during temperance movements in the nineteenth century, when respectable ladies sought satisfying alternatives to strong drink. […]

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BAKED PASTA WITH CHERRY TOMATOES + FRESH CHICKPEAS // PODCASTS

Cherry tomatoes from my garden

(Those are from my garden!) There is something uniquely compelling about listening to a story. Driving is perfect for this, especially when one has the luxury of piney hills and empty deserts on 75 MPH highways in rural America to drive through. Long walks and time spent cooking are also opportune moments for sneaking in […]

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