I Know What You Missed This Summer

I'm hurt. Crushed, really. No, no, it's ok. I understand. You had more important things to do this summer than refresh your browser constantly in hopes that there was a new recipe to check out. You were probably, oh, camping with your kids or hiking around Europe or running away from a hurricane or something. …

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Stir-Fried Winged Beans (Kacang Botol) with Tomato and Garlic – Recipe

I ran into a vegetable I'd never seen before at a farm stand in Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the middle of a preposterous but amusing adventure that involved driving back and forth over the same stretch of coast approximately seventy-three times. These pods were about 8 inches long, with ruffled leaves, somewhat …

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Lightly Cooked Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta – Recipe

This bruschetta is the epitome of carefree cooking, made almost entirely by gathering good ingredients. Ripe, organic cherry tomatoes (maybe from your backyard?), ricotta (Calabro?), a bit of good olive oil, garlic and fresh basil. A nice artisan pain au levain brings chew and flavor to the party.

Generally I would do a bruschetta like this …

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Seattle P-I Review of Cafe Flora (Including the Dumplings)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer just published a full review of Cafe Flora. (It will be in the Fri. 1/4/08 print edition). We were all very pleased with the positive comments from reviewer Leslie Kelly.

I’d like to tell you I was just mildly happy about her mention of my own contribution to the menu, the Green …

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Peach and Sour Cream Buckle – Recipe

Maybe someday you'll be on vacation.

And on the hot, hot days, every farm stand and farmer's market and U-Pick and roadside honor box will be packed with peaches, peaches so fragrant and ripe and sweet that they would melt into jam if you looked at them cross-eyed.

And after you've eaten as many Early Havens, Red …

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Baby Turnip Salad, Tip-To-Tail Style – Recipe

Our local farmer's market had bunches of the most beautiful, pale white baby turnips. When I get produce this good, I like to showcase it by using every edible part.

For this salad, I cooked the turnips themselves sous vide with butter, lemon juice and garlic, then sliced them in half around the equator so that …

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Watermelon and Sweet Onion Gazpacho – Recipe

You've probably had a tomato and watermelon salad. That combination seems to be all the rage now, and it emphasizes the fact that tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable. So why not go the other direction, and put watermelon to work in a soup that is traditionally made with tomatoes?

Like regular gazpacho, this is …

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