Winter Glow

Winter Glow

Let persimmons kindle your salad

(November 20, 2014) Asian persimmons are festive: in shades from yellow to red-orange, depending on the variety, they glow in the crystalline light of the final months of the year. In neat rows...

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Flaming Octopi

These babies are on fire

(November 13, 2014) When I was a kid, my grandmother called me, my brother and his friends into the kitchen to peer into a boiling pot. In it was an octopus, turning purple...

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Hum Plate Roundup

The international language

(November 6, 2014) Cherchez le Dip The French dip sandwich you've been ordering everywhere in hope of finding a good one isn't actually French. There, there, mes amis. France can dry its tears...

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The Sweet Hereafter

Baking pan de muerto at home

(October 30, 2014) When the spirits of the departed return, you don't offer them just anything. Sweet, colorful pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, only shows up on altars and tables...

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Baking Beauties

Lovely things from ugly apples

(October 23, 2014) Cosmetically challenged," read the politically correct sign on a case of apples I saw at a farmers market a few years ago. I applaud the farmer for promoting the blemished...

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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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