Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes

Plump, purple and pickled in your fridge

(October 16, 2014) Anyone who thinks farm life is simple and idyllic has never tried to preserve without the benefit of gas heat and electric refrigerators. As a kid, I watched my mom...

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Toad in the Hole

And other British food enigmas

(October 9, 2014) My English husband has a love of sausages that I will never fully understand. Same with potatoes: roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, jacket potatoes, potatoes au gratin, new potatoes, potato cakes....

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Hum Plate Roundup

The itch for something made from scratch

(October 2, 2014) Slow Mocha 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...

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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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in our blogs...

France, Italy, Texas

(October 17, 2014) Nothing ever got worse because somebody spooned mascarpone cheese on it. It's like the missing link between whipped cream and cream cheese. Thanks, Italy. Case in point: the French...

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One Piece Won't Kill You

(October 14, 2014) Ramone's is icing these Dexter-esque desserts for the season. It's the house chocolate layer cake with seasonal gore. ...

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