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It’s been a while since we posted… it’s a long story… it might be a while before we post again, but we had to get this up because it is fantastic. Perhaps May doesn’t seem like the month for roasted birds, but with the May we’ve been having here, roast bird felt right. We’ve roasted […]

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This was the center piece of our wedding feast. For our particular wedding feast, we needed a dish that we could either A) make in advance or that B) we could make once we got to the island (as previously mentioned, said island has limited electricity and limited gas stove space, thus limiting our options […]

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For the wedding, we wanted both a red and a white sangria — this is what we wound up going with for the red.  We tested a couple recipes; this rose to the top because it’s not too sweet, it’s nicely tart, and it’s extremely refreshing. The original recipe (from Saveur, who, in turn, lifted […]

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Asparagus is finally here.   This is very good news.  It’s good news for a number of reasons and this dish is one of them.  Talley found it a few years ago on 101 Cookbooks when we were in a hurry for something filling, healthy and quick.  Now it’s a recipe that we go to […]

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Here is everything we know about gnocchi: 1) Gnocchi is Italian for “lump.” 2) Gnocchi has been around for hundreds of years, about 700 actually. It was around in the 1300s, approximately 300 years before the potato even showed its face in Italy. Back then, they were really just little dumplings made from flour or […]

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Like everyone else, we’ve recently been enamored of David Chang’s Momofuku cookbook. It’s not that the book is ridiculously original, or incredibly imaginative. But for someone who has cooked almost no Korean food, the book has provided an opportunity to experiment with another kind of cooking (Kimchi, and Usukuchi haven’t exactly been regulars on the […]

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Jerusalem artichokes are wonderful, knobby, difficult to clean tubers that are easy to find in the northwest this time of year at farmers markets. They are not artichokes (although they taste a bit like artichokes, hence the name and confusion) and they have no particular connection with Jerusalem (Italians called them Girasole, Italian for sunflower, […]

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This farro soup recipe is a moving target for us.  We’ve made it so many times that we don’t really remember what the original was like, we only know that we always like it.  Talley’s mom started making it too and has tailored it to her taste; now we’re getting tips from her.  This time […]

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In the Zuni Cafe Cookbook, there is a recipe for quail and sausage braised with grapes. It is Judy Rodgers’ take on a Umbrian dish called Salsiccia all’Uva. The quail is an embellishment; the traditional dish is simply browned sausages nestled in a bed of cooked grapes, which is what we made. Ms. Rodgers wrote […]

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