Vegetables

Parsing parsnips

January 6, 2011
Parsing parsnips

  Back in the BC era (before children) Mr. Vinecdote and I used to enjoy scouting out locations for cheap eats, especially in Oakland’s Chinatown, and one of our best finds was fried parsnip cake at a place called Happy Noodle. (And if I might digress for a moment, how fun are those Chinatown business...
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Pretty Pumpkin

November 9, 2010
Pretty Pumpkin

Look what my friend E. made for dinner the other night. It really seems too pretty to eat, doesn’t it? They did, though. This a great dish for fall and is based on a recipe from Dorie Greenspan, author of the fabulous new cookbook, “Around My French Table.” It’s one of those recipes you can play...
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Super Salsa

September 6, 2010
Super Salsa

    Coming up on the end of summer here in Berkeley and, if the last three months are any indication, that should mean a day that starts out with clammy, gray fog and moves on to thin sunshine undercut with a chilly breeze. But not to worry. When Nature won’t cooperate, you can always bring...
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Meatless Mondays

April 12, 2010
Meatless Mondays

In World War I (and again in World War II)  Americans were urged to practice Meatless Mondays to save food “for the Army and our Allies.”  These days, the concept’s being resurrected, although the idea this time around is to save ourselves from obesity and the planet from assorted environmental impacts. The official campaign...
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Lovely Languedoc

  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do...
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