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I love fresh shelling peas, and I lament the fact that they are not more commonly available. I asked Beryl if she’d plant a good bunch of them this year to use in my favorite pasta dish of fettucini with fresh peas, prosciutto and sage butter. She obliged and got a decent crop. In our […]

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When I was younger, I listened to tapes of stories by the storyteller Jay O’Callahan. A quarter century later, there are lines from those tapes that repeat in my head. As I crest a steep hill on my bike, I think, “I did it oh I did it oh I did it oh I did […]

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Pesto

by Talley

in Methods

This past spring, Beryl manned the Sunseed Farm booth at the Ballard Farmers’ Market selling veggie starts. Nick, the owner, stocked 6 different kinds of basil plants: Genovese, Italian large leaf, purple petra, lemon, thai, and cinnamon basil. Beryl came home with all varieties but the lemon basil and planted no less than eleven basil […]

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Collard greens, for me, have always been a bit of a mystery. I didn’t grow up eating them, but I certainly heard the word a fair amount. What were they anyway? Was it a type of plant? Was it the way they were prepared (I pictured a bowl of cooked spinach with a “collar” of […]

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Veal Stock

by Talley

in Beef,Methods

One thing I love about eating out at great restaurants (outside of not having to clean up afterwards) is the “how did they do that?” factor. And I don’t mean blown up brie or other molecular gastronomy tricks. I’m talking ordinary things elevated to extraordinary heights, like a crispy braised brisket at Sitka & Spruce, […]

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