Category Archives: Vegetables

THE MAGIC OF SUN DRIED TOMATOES . . . preserving the magic of summer all winter long

Through the halcyon days of summer I plundered the garden for the fattest, juiciest,  reddest of red tomatoes.  The days shortened.  Marine fog drifted across the fields poking destructive fingers into the garden.    Time to harvest the tomatoes, ripe … Continue reading

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ZUCCHINI AND SWISS CHARD GRATIN

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All through the long and glorious summer the garden  rewarded us with fresh, fresh vegetables.  I  walk from the kitchen across the long stretch of grass and into the garden.  It is another world of vegetables going quietly about their … Continue reading

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ZUCCHINI FRITTERS WITH FETA

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I have a magic  zucchini factory in the garden.   One minute beautiful yellow flowers, then POOF elegant slender zucchini. .  They can be served as an hors d’oeuvre or a starter course.  They don’t need a sauce.  Simply sprinkle some … Continue reading

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TOMATOES IN CREAM AND FRESH THYME

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The most wonderful part of walking out to the garden and  picking tomatoes is the fragrance of  their leaves.  You rub them between your fingers then inhale.   It’s an intoxicating aroma.  It begs you to pluck a ripened tomato … Continue reading

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GREEN BEANS WITH BASIL … Haricots Verts au Basilic

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    To quote a favorite cookbook author, Patricia Wells,  “Young, tender green beans and basil are a Provençal marriage made in heaven.” The pungent, glorious basil combines beautifully with the sweetness of fresh, tender green beans.  When you have … Continue reading

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HOW TO MAKE SUPER QUICK, SUPER EASY PICKLED RED ONIONS

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How can anything that looks this good, tastes so delicious, be so easy to create.      It took me just ten minutes and a few ingredients to make these pickled red onions that last for several weeks in your refrigerator. Pickled … Continue reading

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FRICASSEE OF CHICKEN with LYONNAISE POTATOES

  There is a very good reason why we return again and again to the classic dishes like Fricassee of Chicken.   This tried and true recipe delivers a rich depth of flavour that has you moping up the very … Continue reading

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CURRIED KALE WITH COCONUT

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Kale is the ‘IT’ vegetable this year.    And, with a very good reason.  The payoff from this leafy green is loads of vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium and antioxidants. Kale is extremely versatile.   You can steam it, saute it, add … Continue reading

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BLISTERED CAULIFLOWER

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  Poor, neglected and rejected cauliflower –    steamed or boiled into tasteless mush that no amount of cheese sauce can rescue.  Is it any wonder so many people are cauliflower haters.  This recipe is pure magic.  Roasted at a … Continue reading

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INSTANT SWEET PICKLES

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This is a divine pickle recipe you can eat-right-away.  It’s perfect when you have a craving for sweet/sour flavor.  It gives a wonderful lift to your favorite deli meat sandwich.  It is positively addictive on a grilled hamburger.  I also … Continue reading

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