Tag Archives: olive oil

Pork and Vegetables with Red Wine Sauce

In our house, the cooking goes in waves.  For a month or two, I’m totally organized, I know what I want to prepare, and I have a list.  Right now, I’m at the other end of the spectrum.  Plan?  What … Continue reading

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Pasta with Chard and Sausage – SImple and Quick for the Summer

For the abundance of Swiss chard in our garden right now, I recreated a dish I’ve consumed more than once at Nicola’s in Lake Placid, NY.  There are multiple variations on this:  one can substitute other greens for chard; use … Continue reading

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Pesto, the Joy of Summer

Basil is one of the staples of our garden.  Each spring, I plant as much as my wife will let me get away with. To me, pesto embodies the aromas of summer and the simple pleasures of eating.  This classic … Continue reading

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Salade Nicoise

When it’s too hot to cook as this week has been, I try to make a meal out of a salad.  Salade nicoise is a great standby.  There are several different ways to prepare it.  In some quarters in France, … Continue reading

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Texas Hash, a Blast from the Past

Texas hash was one of the first things I learned to cook, lo, those many years ago.  As a kid, my aunt shared the recipe with me.  It was a staple when it was my turn to cook. Tired after … Continue reading

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Real Pizza Dough

Make this pizza dough once, and you’ll never again buy a frozen pizza or one of those pre-made doughs that taste like dessicated wood chips.  The only challenge is timing, as the biga takes 12 – 16 hours to develop. While … Continue reading

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Vegan Polenta

My oh my.  I’ve got a couple of drafts going that I haven’t finished; I’m researching a couple of other stories and… where does the time fly? Polenta is a tasty compliment to many meals, but I’ve had to basically … Continue reading

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