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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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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Poached Halibut with Fennel & Lemon Balm

Poached Halibut with Lemon Balm
August 1, 2014

I wasn't quite sure what to do with the lemon balm in our CSA box, but combining Lorraine's suggestion from the Eatwell Farm newsletter with a favorite recipe from Canal House Cooking did the trick.

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Risotto Croquettes
april 13, 2014

My friend Dawn is having us over for a BBQ. We'll be crashing a party that she and another friends sold seats to as part of a fund-raising auction for our kids' elementary school. I didn't buy seats. But I did co-chair the auction. Dawn was the treasurer, so I guess that gets us in. I just have to bring something to share. 

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Pasta Bolognese & Arugula Salad
april 6, 2014

Pasta with Bolognese sauce is nothing out of the ordinary for my family. But I don't make it every time we eat it, that  takes too long. Leftover sauce from the freezer works just fine. This recipe is unusual because it uses white wine, milk and chicken livers. I've never purchased chicken livers before, at least not without most of the rest of the bird attached. And I still haven't, because I sent my husband to do it while I prepped everything else. 

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march 17, 2014

Yes, of course, from this book. It is where 75% of my spring dinners come from. And it's green, perfect for the holiday! In my kitchen the color is more of a pleasant chartreuse than comes across here on the web. 

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Halibut with Lentils & Fennel
march 13, 2014

The Eatwell Farm newsletter from last week mentioned a similar dish, Celeriac and Lentils, which reminded me of this recipe from Canal House Cooking Volume 4, p 78. It was surprisingly delicious last time, so I'm glad a fennel bulb arrived with today's CSA box. They're always available from the grocery, but I hate to buy additional produce when we get so much from the farm. I'll throw in the celery root, too. 

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Buy the bookSchnitzel and Salad
february 26, 2014

Pounded pork with breading, fried in butter, along with my favorite salad: Canal House's Mock Cesar. Both are from Volume No 3, p. 95. To make croutons, I'll cube up the leftover bread we have, rub it with a clove of garlic cut in half, then warm some olive oil in a big pan on the stove, toast the cubes and add salt. My friend Jill would mock me for making my own croutons, but they sure taste good! 

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january 20, 2014

Pizza is delivery, salad is my second favorite  in the world, Canal House's Mock Cesar, from Volume No 3, p. 35. Luckily I have some old bread going stale in the drawer for garlicky croutons. No mold yet!

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Sausage & Broccoli Rabe
october 2, 2013

We're eating from Canal House Cooking all week long! The photo for this dinner, p. 79,  is beautiful. I'm not sure I'll be able to find a similar sausage coil, but I'll swing by Fatted Calf and see what they have. I love Fatted Calf because they sell only pasture raised meats. They can be expensive, so we eat mostly vegetables, grains, beans and dairy with small servings of meat.