• Elderflower Champagne Heralds Summer 06/05/2015 Summer is a couple of weeks away and elderflower champagne is the perfect potion for jollification. With its sunny blush and floral fizz, it’s the essence of summer. Serve elderflower champagne very cold with a sprig of mint, or mixed with club soda or gin. It’s the living-is-easy side of the year. Let’s celebrate! extra slaw…
  • Bamboo Shoots: Harvesting, Preparing, and Pickling Wild Bamboo 05/22/2015 Now’s the time to harvest wild bamboo shoots. Find out how to pluck, prepare, and even pickle wild bamboo shoots. extra slaw…
  • Ramp and Country Ham Tart 04/11/2015   My friend Terry brought me an Ingles bag heavy with ramps. Ten bunches. A poke full of possibilities. My usual ramp ritual, if and when I’ve lucked into a few, has usually been a simple sauté. Bulbs and tender leaves quickly sizzled in brown butter, sprinkled with sherry or balsamic, and turned out onto well-seared lamb chops. It’s the ultimate spring meal. But this year’s bounty comes early and ... extra slaw…
  • Chipotle Pot Roast with Prunes and Sweet Potatoes 03/06/2015 Good that winter is waning, but its final throes seem especially hateful. Warm breaks ushering equal-and-opposite punishments. Yet I keep the faith. Spring is next and it’s going to be wonderful. Like it was in Mexico when Skip and I dropped out of Winter for a little while. Last week’s brutal weather had me daydreaming about that escape and the food we were ... extra slaw…