Monthly Archives: July 2009

In Northern California, we have blackberries.  Lots of them.  They grow with reckless abandon along fence lines and at the edges of school playgrounds.  They ramble over ledges and down hillsides, their thorny vines twirling around anything that stands in … Continue reading

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This isn’t really a recipe, per se, but a discussion of technique for grilling vegetables.  And, yes, there is a technique!  I learned this the hard way when I first attempted to grill vegetables in college.   My roommates and … Continue reading

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I would love to tell you a story about how my mom used to bake this cake for my birthday… how she would whip up the moistest, sweetest buttermilk cake and meticulously slice the ripest, reddest strawberries.  I would like … Continue reading

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There is no shortage of fine food in New York City.   Corner markets are teeming with exotic fruits and rare ingredients from distant nations, and boutique eateries sell everything from artisan ice cream to old-world pastries.  For everything from … Continue reading

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I visited my parents in June as I always do to celebrate my birthday, my mom’s birthday, and Father’s Day.  The three occasions fall within a week of each other, so we typically round up the family and knock out three … Continue reading

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