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Choosing the best wines to go with your Thanksgiving dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There are people who know exactly what wine to buy for Thanksgiving dinner, but these tend to be the kind of unpleasant control freaks nobody really wants to dine with. You know the type – the “stay out of my kitchen” kind of person, who hands out food assignments to guests that involve impossible recipes with expensive ingredients. Or worse, …

Homeplate: A quick primer on FODMAP foods

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warning: This is not one of my usual food columns filled with delicious recipes and lovely photographs. In fact, this column is going to get downright unappetizing. But before you stop reading, consider these questions: Do you have gastric distress – symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation – that remain unexplained even …

Home Plate: Fall produce is perfect for homemade crostata

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s the time of year when gardens are bursting with so much produce, we can’t keep up with it. This year was a bad one for pears and peaches at my house, but a great one for grapes and tomatoes. Mysterious, but fine. One can only handle so many surfeits at a time, …

Home Plate: Three books for gardening cooks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Some of my earliest memories are of gardening with my grandfather and working in the kitchen alongside my grandmother. I have certifications from both the French Culinary Institute and the New York Botanic Garden. I should know a …

Home Plate: Good King Henry a perfect spinach alternative

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Who could resist an edible green that tastes like spinach and also happens to be an easy-to-grow perennial? One that can be eaten as an asparagus-like sprout in early spring, as a cooked green until autumn frosts, and …

Home Plate: Dandelions, ramps and asparagus – oh my!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The longer I garden, the more I appreciate perennial vegetables. Plant them once, take care of them by weeding, watering and feeding the soil around them with good compost, and they’ll return reliably year after year. Many of …

Homeplate: Incredible eggs

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The flock of Black Jersey Giant hens I share with my sister-in-law has just turned four, and they’re still laying more eggs than our two families can absorb. Getting rid of the excess is no problem, though; actually …

Home Plate: Delicious spring harvest

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It’s always a gamble, planting seeds in late fall in hopes of having a harvest in early spring. In the middle of last August, I sowed three long rows of Scarlet Nantes and White Satin carrots. By September, …

Home Plate: Think you don’t love tofu? Try making your own

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

One of my favorite restaurants in New York City is Kyotofu in Hell’s Kitchen. I’d walked by the place for years and hadn’t been tempted to go in – a restaurant based around tofu just didn’t hold much …

Home Plate: The sweet taste of maple

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Every season has its trio of delights. In mid-March the troika is: 1) almost 12 hours of light a day; 2) cross-country skiing on corn snow; 3) steamy sugar houses, where maple sap boils over wood fires. My …

Home Plate: Preserved lemons brighten any dish

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I recently picked up Paula Wolfert’s beautiful cookbook, The Food of Morocco, in which Wolfert extols preserved lemons as “the most important condiment in the Moroccan larder.” Fresh lemons, she warns, are no substitute, and I agree. Brined …

Home Plate: Unexpected goodness – pickled tongue is worth a taste

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

When we bought a side of grass-fed beef from Gelinas Farm in Pembroke a while ago, we decided we wouldn’t let any part of it go to waste. Which means there are some items in our freezer that …

Home Plate: You don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health benefits to eat well

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I’ve spent the past week reading Dr. Robert Lustig’s Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, and I just may never drink another can of soda. I’ve always been skeptical about the latest …

Home Plate: Warm up your winter with spicy Indian food

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

There’s something about Indian food that I find especially appealing in winter. In particular I love India’s spice-scented purees, full of warming ginger, garlic and hot peppers, whether made of protein-rich legumes or stewed winter vegetables. Especially if …

Home Plate: Gifts for foodies

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hanukkah is halfway over and Christmas Eve is only 12 days away, but if you are like most of us, you haven’t checked all the names off your gift list yet. Let me make things easier: for the …