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August 15, 2018

Late summer reaps bushels of peppers in a kaleidoscope of colors and a crooked assortment of wiggly shapes. I shop with my eyes, because the first thing I do when I get home is pile my peppers into a bowl, where they do double duty as a decorative centerpiece on the kitchen table before they are…


Got berries? Make a clafoutis

August 08, 2018

If you’re like me, it’s impossible to resist the baskets of fresh summer berries at the farmers market. If you have more restraint than me, and you haven’t gobbled up your berries yet, here’s a great way to add them to a dessert.

Clafoutis (clah-FOO-tee) is a French flanlike…


Maximize flavor by skewering fish

August 01, 2018

Weekends are made for grilling, and this weekend was no different. California halibut is in season, and while halibut’s firm flesh is ideal for roasting thick filets on the grill, I prefer to cut the fish into chunks, quickly marinate them and thread them on skewers. By doing this, more of…


Decorate your summer pizza with squash blossoms

July 25, 2018

Squash blossoms might make this pizza sound pretty fancy, but it really isn't. Delicate squash blossoms are everywhere at the farmers market at this time of year. I've been eyeing them and contemplating ways to easily incorporate the floppy, sunny flowers into a meal.

I've eaten blossoms fried and…