Category Archives: Condiments

WEEKEND INDULGENCE: FIGGY FRENCH TOAST

No. I’m not going to presume to teach you to make French toast.  But I do want to show you a way to gild the lily.  Figs are involved.     Weekend. Just the very word bespeaks time.  Time spent … Continue reading

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DAVID LEBOVITZ’S ROASTED FIGS

“FIGS!” I exclaimed out loud the other day when I came upon a display of them at the grocery store.  My outburst startled a woman near me, but instead of subtly side-stepping away as many do when I talk to … Continue reading

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SANDWICH SATURDAY: THE SANTA BARBARA (or HOW I CAME TO LOVE CABBAGE, PART 1)

I let the first bite seduce me, wash over me.  The second one swept me off my feet,  pulled me under.  By the third, though, I surfaced, gasping, realizing I needed to pay attention and commit the creation to gustatory … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: COCONUT CHIX STIX

SERVES 2, or 1 with leftovers When I think coconut, I tend to think shrimp.  Now, while coconut shrimp are all very well and good, my budget isn’t always in the mood for shrimp.  These were inspired by a friend … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY: GRILL-ROASTED EGGPLANT CAPONA OVER ROASTED POTATOES

Just look at these beauties!  I almost don’t want to cook them; I’d rather cradle and caress them, they’re so perfectly smooth and ripe.  But cook them I will.  (Re-reading this, I’m anticipating a couple of responses:  some will be … Continue reading

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REALLY? YOU’VE JUST INVENTED ICE CUBES?!

Yes, I can already hear you saying it out loud.  But I beg your patience.  Who doesn’t have a nuisance of mint growing somewhere?  And what cools the heat of summer better than the combination of lemon, mint and ginger? … Continue reading

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PANTRY DINNER: REPURPOSED BURRITO

As I’ve mentioned, I’m often asked what I think people should stock in a pantry.  I almost always answer the question with a question, and ask them what sorts of foods they really like.  Because for me, at least, that’s … Continue reading

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GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH SMOKY AVOCADO VINAIGRETTE

I can imagine this accompanying just about anything you plan to prepare for Father’s Day, or any other warm summer evening, since chances are good that you’re going to be grilling anyway.  The colors are beautiful, the sweet flavors heightened … Continue reading

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CAESAR SALAD

Back when I owned a bakery-restaurant, one of our most popular salads was a classic Caesar.  You know, that heavenly dressing that was the only way you’d eat anchovies.  Crisp, cool romaine lettuce.  Parmesan cheese.  And our dramatic croutons. The … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY: MUSHROOM BURGER

Yes, I realize I am on a burger kick these days.  And very happily so.  A mushroom burger has been on my mind for a while, and no time like the present, right? I don’t live in an area where … Continue reading

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