Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category

CSA Weeks 5-7 :: Diversification

Week 5 Items:  Carrots, bunched beets, baby leeks, lettuce, spinach, green curly kale, garlic scapes, escarole, parsley, and peas. Week 6 Items: Carrots, fennel, lettuce, green scallions, Swiss chard, radishes, salad mix, small head of radicchio, mizuna, green beans and basil Week 7 Items: Carrots, beets, lettuce, baby leeks, zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers, Swiss chard, radishes, […]


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CSA Week 3 & 4 :: Enough To Share

Week 3 Items: 2 heads lettuce, spinach, beet greens, scallions, garlic scapes, salad turnips, radishes, parsley, peas and strawberries Week 4 Items: 2 heads radicchio, Napa cabbage, daikon, red scallions, escarole, butter head lettuce plus PYO strawberries, sugar snap and snow peas. Leaving for “The Cape” on Saturday June 25th meant that week 3 and 4 […]


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CSA Week 2 :: It’s Full of Green

Items in Box: 2 lbs spinach, bok choy, arugula, butter head lettuce, mustard greens, salad turnips, dill, and  strawberries. Learning by making mistakes is a well trodden path for me. Last week’s lessons revolved around grit and dirt. After munching on a few dirt clods in my salad, there was plenty of resolve in the […]


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Pasta, Polenta, and Horseradish Cheese

Trying new things is one of the pleasures I enjoy when dining out. Where a meal becomes really interesting is when a classic dish is prepared with local/regional ingredients or specialties turning the familiar into something new and exciting – not to mention tasty! Take Lasagna – classic Italian dish with wide noodles, cheeses, tomato sauce and perhaps ground […]


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YoCheese and Whey

Wanting to try a frozen yogurt recipe using the Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker attachment I ran across this Vanilla Frozen Yogurt recipe. The yogurt required straining and rather than putting out $18 for a “Yogurt Strainer” that may be used once, I suspended coffee filters in containers to hold and strain the yogurt. 24 hours later I […]


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Best Under $10 Sauvignon Blanc :: Redux

I put together my first Best “Under $10” Sauvignon Blancs back in February when I thought I was at the end of the line. Since then I’ve managed to find a few more so it is probably worth redoing the list. In looking back I see that I neglected to review one that I really enjoyed – TerraNoble’s 2010 […]


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Pinot & Popcorn :: Sterling 2008 and Castle Rock 2009

After being on hiatus for the last several weeks, Pinot & Popcorn returned this past weekend and to our surprise we hit some really nice Pinot Noir: Sterling Vineyards’ 2008 Central Coast and Castle Rock’s  2009 California Cuvée. Perhaps we’re on a “hot” streak now that the “pretenders” are out of the way. Of the […]


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Bolla Pinot Grigio Venezie IGT 2009

Once again I beleive I’ve come to the end of the “under $10” Sauvignon Blanc wines available in my area. While I’ll revise my initial “liked best” list in that price range, I’m moving on to “under $10” Pinot Grigio since it fits my style better than Chardonnay. This weeks selection is Bolla’s 2009 Pinot Grigio Venezie […]


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Quick Sips :: 9 Côtes du Rhône Style Wines

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending another great wine tasting this time at Windham Wines in Brattleboro, VT. Sheila McGovern of Vineyard Brands presented 9 Côtes du Rhône style wines produced by Perrin & Fils including La Ville Feme, Tablas Creek, and Chateau de Beaucastle. From my readings, Côtes du Rhône style reds […]


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Pinot & Popcorn :: Cono Sur Bicycle 2009 and Matua Valley 2008

While our selection of  wine hasn’t been the best, it is obvious that my friend and I enjoy different styles of Pinot Noir. Compared to other reds, Pinot Noirs are generally lighter in color, texture and tannins than say a red Zinfandel. But even within the Pinot Noir category there is a fair amount of […]


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