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Fall in the Catskills

Sunday morning in my front stoop, warm coffee in hand, absorbing fall at home in the northern Catskills. Crisp morning air, dramatic sky and the mountains glowing red with the rising sun. Fall in the Catskills is breathtaking. The trees are singing their final songs, weeping leaves in the wind in anticipation of the cold ahead. They glow bright fall …

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Rustic Olive Oil Crackers

Frustrated by the price and frequency at which we were buying crackers, I resolved to learn how to make the dang things myself. Homemade crackers may sound intimidating, but they are actually quite simple, especially rustic crackers like these Olive Oil Crackers. This cracker recipe is wonderfully simple and adaptive to any favor you would like to explore. Some toppings …

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Farinata – an Italian Treat

That Lynne Rosetto Kasper laughed a delightful gut laugh when asked about this dish on her radio show, The Splendid Table, gave away this as a must-try dish. Farinata (also known as socca) is a chickpea and olive oil pancake cooked over an open flame, traditional to Italy and the Meditteranean coast. For dinner last night, I resolved to try …

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Cortés Chocolate Hot Chocolate

These cold winter months find me craving the hot chocolate of my childhood: a simple, light and sweet hot chocolate with salty melted cheese. The 6 year old me would light up with excitement, when, every so often grandma Mima would declare that we were going to skip dinner altogether and have ‘chocolate caliente’ instead. ¬†She would drop pieces of …

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Cranberry Orange Granola with Crystallized Ginger

Bowl by Roger Baumann. Photo by Marta Bartolomei Edmonds. I love granola. It’s the perfect everyday breakfast and it’s even better when you make it at home. The first few recipes I tried, and the most common recipes out there, are packed with sugar and butter. While I love what sugar and butter can do to a good pastry, I …

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Salmon with Dill-Pistachio Pistou

Photo by Marta Bartolomei Edmonds. It was a Friday night in late December and I was coming back from Montreal after an exhausting third week of travel to train for a new job. That day I had no chance to get lunch and rushed to the airport toward the end of the day feeling dizzy from the stress and hunger. …

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Calamari, Blood Sausage, Chorizo and Chicken Paella

About four times a year Scott and fellow potters from the Chelsea Ceramic Guild go to Roger Baumann’s studio in Lake Peekskill to woodfire their pots. I love to tag along on these trips as it gives me a welcome chance to get away from the city to be outdoors absorbing nature, sharing with good people and helping the group …

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Refreshing Oatmeal Drink – Homemade “FrescAvena”

On hot summer days I love a cool, nourishing drink like oatmeal drink served over ice. This simple drink of oats is refreshing and nourishing without the heaviness of a traditional oat smoothie. The gently sweet taste of pure oats promotes a feeling of well-being and balance that I look for after feeling over-strained from the sun and the heat. …

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Glazed Lemon Muffins

Plate by Roger Baumann. Photo by Marta Bartolomei Edmonds. Tangy and sweet, these lemon muffins are a summertime breakfast favorite. Our family’s love affair with lemon muffins began at the Daily Coffee Bar in Bozeman, Montana. During our years in college, we went there often and almost always ordered the same thing: lemon muffins and a mocha. We loved their …

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A Little Friday Food Humor

Cartoon from The New Yorker: May 17, 2010 Issue. You can always count on The New Yorker to deliver great content. This week’s magazine features this cartoon that tickled my food-loving side. The signs under the fruit bins say: “The Grapes of Wrath, The Oranges of Indecision, The Figs of Fear, The Kumquats of Longing, The Melons of Lost Dreams”.

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