Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Herbs & Hot OilRigatoni with Tomatoes, Herbs & Hot Oil
September 18, 2014

Yes! More end of summer tomatoes for dinner! This is my favorite time of year. Tomatoes, basil, melons, peppers! All the produce I need to pretend I live in Italy. 

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Southern Style Black-Eyed PeasSouthern Style Black-Eyed Peas
September 15, 2014

We make these semi-spicy peas to serve alongside collard greens every New Year's Day. Today I made them because collards came in last week's CSA box, not to celebrate the new year. 

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Braised CollardsBraised Collards
September 15, 2014

We have made this recipe every New Year's Day for at least a decade, along with every other day that we happen to have collard greens. Like when they come in the CSA box, as they did last week.

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Zucchini AccordionsZucchini Accordions
September 13, 2014

A few minutes of prep and nearly an hour in the oven makes one of the most creative uses of zucchini I've found. Not exactly quick, but it sure tastes good!

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Spaghetti with Cherry TomatoesSpaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes
September 13, 2014

Another quick and easy pasta dish for late summer, or any other time you can find good cherry tomatoes (which is most of the time). These little sweeties do better in colder weather, so not only will they grow in my foggy garden, but just about anywhere else that isn't below freezing, too.

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Mackerel RoastMackerel Roast
September 11, 2014

Another recipe using purslane, the powerhouse of wild foragable greens. This was the 4th of our 2014 Hunger Challenge dinners, part of an effort to raise awareness about hunger and what it is like to subsist off $4.50 a day, as do many recipients of our government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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Asian Chicken SaladAsian Chicken Salad
September 10, 2014

Fast, delicious, healthy! My new favorite salad that uses up leftover chicken and cabbage, two things that tend to languish in our fridge. I ate this for two lunches and one dinner (just me, the kids had something else) while doing the 2014 Hunger Challenge, but I'll eat it any day!

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Purslane SaladPurslane Salad
September 8, 2014

This is about the simplest way I can imagine eating purslane: sprinkle with olive oil, squeeze a slice of lemon on top, add salt and pepper, toss and serve.

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Spaghetti with Raw Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with Raw Tomato Sauce
September 3, 2014

This is a favorite recipe that both my kids love, which is highly unusual. Most of the time one loves it and the other hates it. But in this case, they both ask for "that pasta with grated sauce" whenever we have tomatoes on the kitchen counter.

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20140826-BeefCheekTacosSmBeef Cheek Tacos
August 26, 2014

Roy Choi's memoir L.A. Son, the story of how he came to create the world's most popular taco truck, is a crazy fun ride of a read. In it he describes cabeza (aka beef cheek) tacos  as "some of the best things this planet has to offer as food." So of course I had to try them.

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