Plum the Depths of Summer

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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Oh, Snap!

Peas, butter and homemade cheese

(July 3, 2014) I love fresh seasonal vegetables swimming in fat. I would be content on a diet of fresh veggies and butter, with candy for entertainment. Is it humanly possible to dislike...

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Hum Plate Roundup

We'll need to see some ID

(June 26, 2014) Does a baby really need candy? Of course not. So what's wrong with taking it? Go ahead and order off the kids' menu. Little Devils You know that deviled egg...

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Pull Over

Farm stands around the county

(June 19, 2014) Trinity River Farm hugs Highway 96 about 2 1/2 miles north of Willow Creek. Its farm stand welcomes visitors with a "Honk for Service" sign out front. The late May...

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Pop Roast

Beer and beef. Happy Father's Day.

(June 12, 2014) Even amid sea changes in family and gender roles, with parents sharing more equally in childrearing and wage-earning duties, Father's Day continues to kind of suck rocks. More and more...

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Dressed to Grill

Dip, marinate and sauce it up

(June 5, 2014) I'm not an established Grill Person. I don't watch shows or buy cookbooks about grilling. That said, I am even less of a Washing Pans Person, so when I received...

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Team Cilantro

Come to the green side

(May 29, 2014) Cilantro is the Adam Sandler of the herb world: You love it or you hate it. Apparently, whether it tastes like the joyful rush of summer or something you'd use...

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