Aug 12

On my first day of work as a line cook I was paired with the lead cook on a station prepping cold appetizers and salads. Wet behind the ears, and fresh out of culinary school, I was practically shaking in my kitchen clogs with fear of how I would get through the frantic pace of [...]

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Jan 22

When you are eight months pregnant and spend most of your time chasing an unruly toddler around the house, the few precious hours to yourself are usually not spent on your feet. So when I found myself devoting a good hour to peeling and dicing a small mountain of root vegetables the other day I [...]

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Jan 27

The fact that I have discovered two noteworthy recipes in the last two months which use carrots as their primary ingredient is astonishing to me. While watching my new favorite cooking show “French Food at Home” I found myself inexplicably drawn to Laura Calder‘s preparation of this simple carrot soup. Maybe it is because of [...]

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Oct 08

Chicken Soup with Rosemary and Roasted Vegetables The seed of an idea for this soup started to germinate about a year ago. The casual mention of a recipe, in this instance for rosemary chicken and white bean soup, will bury itself in the back of my mind and slowly dig its way to the top [...]

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Aug 10

When heirloom beans became trendy in the restaurant world a few years ago I was quite smug about it. My fondness for beans had long been the brunt of jokes among my culinary peers, and during job interviews it was embarrassing to give the honest answer when asked “what is your favorite food?” I am [...]

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Apr 29

I savor Mexican tortilla soup the way I imagine other people respond to chicken noodle soup or beef stew. That is to say it is comfort food in the purest sense for me, and I find I can eat it for days on end without boredom. Its beauty lies in the aromatic broth which is [...]

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Mar 25

Good recipes are often the best souvenirs from some of life’s more bittersweet experiences. I have worked in what I consider a fair share of kitchens, ranging from a rundown, unair-conditioned seafood shack in South Florida to a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen equipped to the nines in a private residence. Regardless of location, each came with [...]

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Nov 17

Have you ever walked by these brown, knobly, awkward looking vegetables at your local market? If so, consider yourself lucky as they are not often available and can usually be found hidden in a small corner of the produce aisle. At a quick glance you may have mistaken them for ginger root, but on closer [...]

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Jul 07

“…The oppressive heat of Summer in Washington has a way of pressing itself up against you so that come mid afternoon you are positively exhausted. When this happens I can’t bear to be weighed down by rich food. So I turn to a combination of light and cold ingredients with enough contrast in flavor and texture to keep me amused during the so-called dog days.

Watermelon Gazpacho fits the bill perfectly. If you’ve never tried the combination of melon with tomatoes, it’s sublime and unexpected….It’s the best of both worlds without the monotony of “seasonal” cooking….”

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