Crisp Polenta Cakes with Braised Cabbage and Beans – Recipe

Cabbage doesn’t get enough respect in America. True, if it is boiled to death, it produces some of the worst sulfurous smells imaginable. I lived upstairs from the craziest, meanest, nicest old woman in Milwaukee (RIP, Angie!), and you could tell when she was cooking cabbage from a mile away. But braised with a …

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Was Your Chocolate Made with Child Slave Labor?

There are questions I wish I didn't have to ask myself.

One of them arrived in my inbox yesterday, from Rachel Nussbaum, the rabbi of Kavana, a Jewish cooperative community that our family belongs to. Social justice is an important part of Kavana's mission, and the group that focuses on it has been learning about slavery and …

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How to Plan a Vegetarian Meal by Answering Three Easy Questions

As a vegetarian, one of the things I hear all the time is “I’d like to eat less meat, but I just don’t know how to plan a vegetarian meal.” Without the familiar routine of building a plate with meat at the center, many perfectly competent cooks find themselves at a loss for how to make …

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(Cooked) Carrot and Radish Salad – Recipe

It is still early season at our farmer’s markets in the Northwest. The booths aren’t full yet, but I enjoy the challenge of figuring out what to make with a limited palette. Small, super-sweet carrots and radishes in every color are two of the items that caught my eye this week.

When I think of salads, …

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The Newlywed Kitchen – Book Review with a Recipe for Zucchini Fritters

I love a cookbook that has a unique point of view, and Lorna Yee and Ali Basye's Newlywed Kitchen: Delicious Meals for Couples Cooking Together has that in spades. They have created a beautiful, charming book for couples just starting out in marriage to explore cooking together.  You'd be crazy not to …

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Fresh Fettuccine with Broccoli Raab in a Lemony Tomato Sauce – Recipe

From May through October, we have a farmer's market on my day off, just a couple of blocks from my house. Our regular ritual is to swing by in the afternoon, select what looks great, then walk home and figure out what to cook with our bounty.

If I don't have another plan, I'll often …

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Potato Salad with Feta Cream Dressing – Recipe

We have an annual Mother's day brunch with the Sephardic side of my wife's family, which while not quite the fress of Passover or Rosh Hashanah, always includes lots of big flavors. I wanted to make a potato salad that wouldn't be cowering in the corner, afraid of being bullied by the borekas and boyikos.

Rather …

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