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Try a taste of this Scandinavian Lenten treat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My father’s side of the family emigrated to the United States from the Swedish-speaking part of Finland. And though I have never been to the land of my ancestors, I was raised to love cardamom, which is to Swedes and Finns what cinnamon is to Americans. The weeks leading up to Easter are, in most of Scandinavia, the season of …

Using the bounty from your winter CSA

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I belong to a winter CSA, which means every week I pick up more root vegetables and winter squash than I know what to do with. In past years, I’m ashamed to say, I sometimes forgot I had all those carrots and parsnips at the back of the produce drawer until they turned …

Home Plate: Easy appetizers

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

As I write this column, my holiday plans are up in the air. We were supposed to host extended family, as we traditionally do, for a Christmas Eve overnight and a rambunctious Christmas morning. But our oldest daughter arrived home last night to collapse on the couch with a high temperature, headache, sore …

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 …

Home Plate: Twinkies and Ring Dings straight from your oven

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The news that Hostess is going under fills me with the strangest mix of nostalgia and schadenfreude. What middle-aged American doesn’t have fond childhood memories of those cellophane-wrapped treats? At the same time, what food-lover doesn’t cringe at …

Home Plate: Wild mushrooms present endless opportunities for easy cuisine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Last week while out inspecting their woodlot, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law spied a dead sugar maple bristling with ripe oyster mushrooms. In warmer weather, the bugs have usually discovered the mushrooms long before we do, which means they’re …

Home Plate: Chestnuts: An imagination's seasonal staple in the kitchen and beyond 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Once upon a time, New Hampshire’s forests were filled with American chestnuts, a fast-growing tree that could reach over 100 feet tall with a trunk 10 feet in diameter. Chestnuts were treasured both for their wood, which is …