Monthly Archives: October 2011

Caramelized Parsnips and Shallots

Parsnips will be in season from now into the winter.  Like carrots, they have a natural sweetness that lends itself to roasting. I’ve done a little experimenting with this recipe, and had to make it twice to get the texture … Continue reading

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Beppi’s Celery Root and Rice Soup (My Way)

It’s time to harvest the celery roots that my neighbor Beppi grows in his garden.  He makes a wonderful minestra di sedono every year with these roots.  It’s the simplest, most delicate soup, made with only celery root, onion, butter and … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Kale Stuffing

I have several ingredients in the house which have inspired me to make a fall stuffing–bread, kale, sausage, sage, shallots, celery and broth.  The only thing that remains to be bought is the turkey. Therefore, I bought a boneless breast already … Continue reading

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Indian Summer Brunch

It’s such a joy having my neighbor Beppi’s produce all summer, and now, just when I thought I  wouldn’t see an eggplant until next summer, he knocks on my door with the last two remaining baby eggplants from his garden (along … Continue reading

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Beans and Farro

Although this is simply a dinner based on leftover beans, I can’t tell you how exquisite it was!  My Tuscan Beans are so versatile and just keep tasting better every day.  Tonight, I’ve decided to use up the last of … Continue reading

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Tuscan Beans (My Way)

These beans are creamy, luxurious and packed with salty, spicy intensity.  Although they’re not cooked in terra cotta, as is customary in Italy, they are every bit as luxurious and irresistable as beans I’ve had in Italy. Beans take one … Continue reading

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Pasta with Sausage and Baby Kale

My farm stand has been selling a smaller more delicate variety of kale that I love to use because I don’t have to strip the leaves off the stems–I can simply chop across the stems crosswise and use virtually the … Continue reading

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Beppi’s 90th Birthday

The reason for my lack of posts the last several days has been preparing for and celebrating Beppi’s 90th birthday.  It’s truly a gift to have him as vibrant and full of life and enthusiasm as ever.  True to form, … Continue reading

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Roasted Cauliflower with Pumpkin Seeds and Raisins

The local cauliflower is getting bigger and more beautiful every time I go to the farm stand, so I couldn’t resist making this dish. I’ve always loved using pine nuts and raisins with green vegetables, such as swiss chard and … Continue reading

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Applesauce

There’s nothing innovative about my applesauce but I thought I’d share the technique and the menu for tonight’s dinner with you. I love applesauce and I really only make it in  fall and winter.  The dry-rubbed pork tenderloin I posted … Continue reading

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