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Cranberries: An American Original

The cranberry, along with blueberries and the Concord grape, have a unique and special place in American cuisine.  They are the three North American native fruits that are grown in commercial quantities.  There are of course, many other fruits native … Continue reading

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Gifts From Your Kitchen

Some of the best holiday gifts are those you make yourself.  The investment of ingredients, time, and the effort you put into making something special can pay off dividends when showing someone you care.  Here are some of my ideas … Continue reading

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Perfect Mashed Potatoes

It would seem that nothing could be simpler than mashed potatoes.  They are simple but there are a few basics that will help make sure yours are the best: 1.    Pick the right potato!  Russets from Idaho and Washington are … Continue reading

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A Cranberry Recipe from a Pioneer in the Industry

This is a recipe I got from Tom Darlington of Medford New Jersey whose Aunt Elizabeth was one of the prominent pioneers in the cranberry industry.  She is credited with creating individual cellophane packaging as part of her work with … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2010 Recipes

For all the years that I’ve fixed Thanksgiving, my kids especially, have been adamant about keeping it traditional:  turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.  They are inventive and creative eaters and cooks every other day of the year but … Continue reading

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Bean Counting

    In an earlier blog entry I’ve written about my love of beans.  It seems that heirloom beans are experiencing a revival as more chefs and home cooks experiment with the many varieties being cultivated by farmers.  The September … Continue reading

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Cooking with Wine

Most cooks will tell you that adding wine to sauces, marinades, ri­sottos, braises, ragus, broths, the stuck-on browned bits in a sauté pan, and many other foods enhances flavor. If you ask why, they may tell you that the wine’s … Continue reading

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Sustainable Seafood Bouillabaisse

This year’s Cooking for Solutions event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium was the best one yet.  This event is part of the aquarium’s educational outreach to help all of us make good choices with the seafood that we buy.  Many … Continue reading

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Cold Summer Soups

Here in Northern California, we are still waiting for the really hot days of summer to arrive.  But in other parts of the country, I know you’ve experienced your share of those steamy, warm days when it’s tough to think … Continue reading

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And now for the answer to the question in my last blog entry– which fruits do NOT ripen after picking? Answers: Cherries Citrus Cucumber Grapes Pineapple Pomegranate Soft Berries like straw and raspberries Watermelon Be sure to keep these in … Continue reading

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