Monday, October 22

Roasted Squash Rings Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Salad

Roasted Squash Rings Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Salad is a good dish for a Thanksgiving buffet. Cook the squash rings and make the quinoa salad a couple of days ahead.

Quinoa is the Mickey Rooney of grains, small in stature but big on texture and taste. Slices of squash are the perfect portion control for the nutty grain in this recipe for Roasted Squash Rings Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Salad. You can even include it on your Thanksgiving buffet. Cook the squash rings and make the quinoa salad a couple of days ahead and you can serve it on your Thanksgiving buffet. Jump to Recipe

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Pear Almond Polenta Cake

Pear Almond Polenta Cake

Not too sweet with an intriguing combination of flavors, this Pear Almond Polenta Cake is the perfect autumn dessert.  Serve it at a holiday meal or make it to eat for breakfast over a long weekend. Jump to Recipe Pears and almonds make great partners.  I love a pear frangipane tarte, tender pears tucked into a bed of creamy almond, butter and egg filling.  But it’s fussy to make because you need to poach the

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Friday, October 19

Butternut Squash Leek Apple Curry Soup

Butternut Squash Leek Apple Curry Soup

Cozy season means snuggling in and savoring the last bits of warm sunlight each day. Soup is the king of comfort food we turn to for contentment and what the Danish call hygge. I hope this Butternut Squash Leek Apple Curry Soup gets you into the soup making mood. It’s more than the sum of its parts, somewhat salty, sweet and a touch piquant. Jump to Recipe This chunky soup combines chopped leeks and rough-cut

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Thursday, September 06

Wild Blackberry Preserves

Wild Blackberry Preserves on yogurt

My grandmother taught me to pick wild blueberries. On the lake in southern New Hampshire where we spent our summers, blueberries grew in the profuse underbrush. Picking them kept a bunch of active kids busy those long sticky days. Me, Charlot, Chris, Rolo and Annie followed the sandy road from our camp north to the neighbors’ yard where a narrow path led into the woods. The low bushes appeared in a clearing.  We ate as

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Friday, August 10

Homemade Almond, Cherry Coconut Granola

Homemade Almond, cherry coconut granola

A great batch of granola needs to be crispy and not too sweet.  It needs nuts, dried fruit and crunch. The idea for this homemade Almond, Cherry Coconut Granola comes from my internet friend Jeanette.  She emailed “consider creating a granola with almonds and almond butter. My grand kids would love that.” What a delicious request.  Eleven Madison Park’s granola recipe serves as my base. (They give it out to guests. I consumed my pint

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Tuesday, July 31

Emerite + Almonds: Summer Salad Combination

Emerite and Almonds

Harciots verts fines, the French call them, the thinnest, finest and earliest green beans of summer.  Today I picked the first green haricots from our Connecticut garden, a French variety called emerite.  Although green beans will dominate in a few weeks, right now we relish a plate of salad greens topped with emerite and almonds. The distinguishing characteristics of this pole bean variety are length and girth, or lack thereof.  These beans are straight, long

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Thursday, May 03

Jambon de Bayonne

Jambon de Bayonne Green Almonds

You adore prosciutto di Parma. You’ve tasted jamón Iberico.  But have you heard of French jambon de Bayonne? It makes up the third star in the trinity of exquisite single-origin dry-cured hams from Europe. Christine Chesanek, owner of Fromage Fine Foods in Old Saybrook, Connecticut brought some into her shop for me.  (She sliced the ham for the plate of jambon de Bayonne pictured here into translucent pieces.) It is made by Delpeyrat, which has been

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Tuesday, February 27

Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint

Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint

Persian cooking fascinates me. It’s a cuisine that mixes sour, sweet and savory. Persian flavors make me think of cooking lamb and fresh green almonds. This recipe for Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint is my take on a lamb koresht or stew. Jump to Recipe To prepare the stew, I use meaty lamb shoulder chops. This cut is both flavorful and lean. Don’t let the bones bother you. Cut what large chunks of

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Monday, February 26

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Coriander and Black Pepper

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Coriander and Black Pepper

Looking for ways to reduce food waste? Is your compost bin always full?  If root-to-tail cooking appeals to you, consider the carrot top. It’s potent color and rich chlorophyll flavor balance the sweetness of the roots below. In this recipe for Honey-Glazed Carrots with Coriander and Black Pepper, a few tablespoons of the minced greens balance the honey and spices in the dish itself. You can serve these honey-glazed carrots as part of a mezze

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Thursday, February 15

Olive Oil Poached Green Almonds with Ras el Hanout

Olive Oil Poached Green Almonds with Ras el Hanout

In early spring, in regions where almond trees grow – Turkey, Israel, Iran, North Africa and the Middle East – you’ll find green almonds on the menu. The fuzzy pods symbolize rebirth, a sour crunchy treat to welcome spring.  During the brief stage when immature almonds are tender and green, they are eaten whole dipped in salt.  Or sliced thin and scattered over salads and fish dishes. Green almonds can also be cooked as in

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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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