Tag | spring

Four Egg Whites and a Pavlova

Remember a few weeks back when I posted the recipe for lemon-ricotta crostata with mascarpone? As much as I love that recipe, it irked me that it leaves you with four egg whites. But now I feel better because I know exactly what you should do with those whites. Make a pavlova. Make this ethereal […]

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Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

The other morning on my walk I passed a young man sitting on the roof of a car. He was perched up pretty high, so probably an SUV, though lacking the car gene that both my Michigander husband and my son seem to have, I didn’t notice the make or model. The boy looked to be […]

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Al Mercato {at the farmers’ market}

I can now say, unequivocally, that spring is here. Finally. Our local farmers’ market is OPEN. It’s a small market, about 15 vendors set up in the parking lot of the local library, but I love it and from May through December I count on it for vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, and essentials such as […]

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Gabriella’s Pizza Rustica

Over the years, my mother’s recipe for pizza rustica has been published here and there, in print and online. I included a version of it in my second book, Big Night In ~ it’s a celebration food, for sure ~ and I wrote about it years ago for The Washington Post. Most recently, I posted […]

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Peas Please

I like to tread carefully where fresh English peas are concerned. They are delicate and their season is short so I try to make the most of it, usually by doing as little as possible: shell, sauté briefly, season lightly, eat. Or blanch, mash with a few droplets of oil, spread on crostini, eat. In […]

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Strawberry Festival

Every year on the first weekend in June, my dad would take my sister and me to the Strawberry Festival. This was in the ’70s, in the wilds of central New Jersey. Well, technically it was suburban New Jersey, just up the hill from our house and down the road from the Dairy Queen. But […]

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Cold Spring, Hot Broth

Who else feels like spring is draaaaaaging her feet? I’ve been seeing lots of snapshots and mini-rants on social media about late-winter snowstorms, dreary landscapes and chilly days so I know I’m not alone. I have a remedy. It’s this soup, this simple, gentle soup composed of crepes in broth ~ crespelle in brodo in Italian, scrippelle […]

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Laundry Is Forever, Fava Beans Are For Now

It’s fava bean season, and I’ve just returned from picking a basketful of fat green pods from my lovingly tended terraced and trellised hilltop garden, with its fairy tale view overlooking that quaint medieval village… and…CUT! The truth is, I feel a little disingenuous writing about fava beans. I don’t have any growing in my […]

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Peas…with a little news tossed in

When my kids were little, I used to make them shell the peas I brought home from the farmers’ market. This accomplished several things: It kept their little hands busy, and it freed mine for other tasks. Also, it made them participants in the preparation of dinner, which I liked. My son, the oldest, used […]

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In Season: Asparagus

On a recent Sunday I hit the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, where I found asparagus and…asparagus and…more asparagus. OK—I’m exaggerating a little; I also bought a bunch of baby turnips and some rosy radishes, and there were tender salad greens, too, but it was pretty clear who the star of the show is right now. […]

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