Monday, February 23

Almond Bloom 2015

Almond Bloom 2015

Close your eyes. Imagine a tall sky and wide, flat plain before you. The floor of the valley, in this case the San Joaquin in California, is covered in what appears to be a fine dusting of snow. This is the Almond Bloom 2015. You’re driving along a highway, CA-99; tractor trailers haul bales of hay and a 50-car train matches your speed. You pull off onto a secondary road for a closer look. There may

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Tuesday, February 10

Potage Ménagère – French Homestyle Vegetable Soup

Potage Ménagère – French Homestyle Vegetable Soup

Potage à la Ménagère is a simple puréed vegetable soup, not a recipe you’ll find in Escoffier. (I checked.) Rather it’s housewife soup that speaks of French frugality. Eating it transports me to a scene in a 1930’s black and white film. There, in a country kitchen at a wooden table set with enormous spoons, a family sits quietly eating soup with thick slices of crusty bread. Once upon a time, this type of soup starred

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"Let no man fancy he knows how to dine
Till he has learnt how taste and taste combine."

-Horace, Satires, 2.4

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