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PEAS: Sugar, Snap and Snow

Sugar, Snap or Snow Peas There is nothing quite as graceful as trellised pea plants in full swing. And nothing quite as tasty as a crunchy sugar snap pea eaten straight off the vine. And nothing that so captures the essence of spring as peas—all kinds of peas. Peas love cool, wet weather, and so [...]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 Roasted Butternut squash is the mainstay in many delicious cold season soups, with good reason. They are satisfying, slightly sweet and lend themselves to many savory seasonings without being overwhelmed. Here’s an unusual take on the classic with a slightly sweet twist thanks to maple syrup! It is very easy to make and works equally [...]

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Roasted Garlic and Onion for Antipasto

Fresh Garden Antipasto Trio

With the garden in full production at this time of year, there is usually an over-abundance of fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes, basil and parsley. Of course, the first thought is a pasta sauce, but after the first few gallons have been made the magic fades a bit. What else is there to create that is [...]

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Risotto alla Veronese

Risotto alla Veronese

Risotto is a wonderful Italian dish made from rice. Some of the best Italian rice is harvested at the beginning of October around Verona, in the north-east of Italy. One of the most famous areas is Isola della Scala, just south of Verona. Isola della Scala is often called “Città del Riso” (city of rice) [...]

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Hortopita

Hortopita or Greek Spring Greens Quiche

Hortopita is a savory pie that is stuffed with horta, or edible wild greens such as dandelions, chard, kale, and lamb’s quarters- commonly called spring greens. Horta directly translates as “grass” in Greek, but refers to about 80 different greens growing all over the country. It’s delicious alone (sauteed with lemon and olive oil) but [...]

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Sopa de Tomate con Albóndigas or Tomato Soup with Meatballs

Oaxan Sopa de Tomate con Albóndigas One of my favorite Mexican cookbooks is titled Seasons of My Heart, by Susana Trilling.  Susana was a chef and owner of a restaurant in New York City and also owned a very successful catering business.  She left all of this to pursue her ethnic roots in Mexico around [...]

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Braised and Marinated Carrot Recipes

Here’s two new recipes that use fresh from the garden carrots in unusual but delicious ways. Fresh, local food in the best way possible!

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Thanksgiving Turkey and Pumpkin Soup

Here is a great way to turn the remaining Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin into an incredibly delicious soup that people will rave about.

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Cajun Chicken Maquechoux

Chicken Maquechoux is one of the most wonderful, rich and flavorful chicken dishes there is. This has been one of our favorites for years, and is absolutely best cooked at the end of summer, when the corn is rich and ripe with plenty of other fresh vegetables available to round out the chicken and sausage. Fresh [...]

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A Tale of Two Onion Soups

It has been cold here, much colder than in the past several years, so I’ve been making some great cold weather dinners. Onion soup is one of the classic cold weather dishes- rich and hearty in flavor and aroma. We bought a cazuela at The Spanish Table in Sante Fe this past September, and I [...]

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