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Hill of Beans

Last Chance for Fresh Cannellinis

(September 25, 2014) The farmers market is a source of roiling internal debate. On one hand, there's the glory of fresh, delicious chard and peaches; on the other, I dread the Battle of...

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Not like bananas. At all.

(September 18, 2014) Of all the creatures that have made their way down my gullet, the banana slug is the most endearing. It's cute, in its slimy way. It returns to the redwood...

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Ode to Summer's End

A soup to savor the moment

(September 11, 2014) Summer produce is still abundant and fall favorites are already making an appearance. It's a barrage of luxurious colors (bright yellow peppers, blood-red strawberries, dark purple eggplant), deep flavors (sun-ripened...

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The Bounty Around Us

On the menu for Local Food Month

(September 4, 2014) "It's that time of the year," sang Len Barry, and I echo his words. He meant summertime, but I mean Local Food Month, when we officially celebrate the food grown...

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Hum Plate Roundup

Three meals under a 10-spot

(August 28, 2014) A good meal under $10 is a frugal find, and the legwork, trial and error it takes to find one can give you a tummy ache. Now that the students...

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College Cuisine

Sustenance in a budgeted hurry

(August 21, 2014) Virginia Woolf once said that one cannot study well, party well or love well if one has not eaten well. Maybe she didn't say it exactly that way, but you...

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Plum the Depths of Summer

Three ways to revel in abundance

(August 14, 2014) My brother has one of those plum trees that's positively profligate with fruit. It's like a woman who just had octuplets — overwhelmed with fecundity. Sitting under that tree, which...

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Hum Plate Roundup

Dining out by the book

(August 7, 2014) Book club always descends into eating and drinking anyway, so let's skip to the last page and eat. Here are the Cliff's Notes to our recent romances, mysteries and adventures....

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Secrets and Pies

Blackberry muffins from the pie ladies

(July 24, 2014) In "Blackberry Picking," the late poet Seamus Heaney writes: "You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet/ like thickened wine: summer's blood was in it/ leaving stains upon...

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Tout Sweet Corn

Ripe and roasted for summer salad

(July 17, 2014) My memories of eating freshly harvested corn as a child in Italy involve a field and fire, but no pot or butter. I ate corn at most once a year,...

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Moqueca Saborosa ...

Means tasty Brazilian seafood stew

(July 10, 2014) It was our second evening in Salvador, Bahia, on the coast of Brazil. My husband and I came to Brazil to soak up the music, dance and beaches of Rio...

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Slow Mocha

(September 23, 2014) Is that rain? Quick, run into Café Mokka (495 J St., Arcata), slide into a window seat and watch the back garden get all misty. We can't afford to...

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(September 12, 2014) Real cream of mushroom soup has been so thoroughly overshadowed by the Warhol-esque army of cans at the market that we no longer remember the original. Instead, we recall...

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