Cool As A Cucumber

It’s H-O-T and humid here in the Northeast.  And the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven.  Fortunately, I have access to a grill and can do most of my cooking outside under a shady cover of trees.  Though it’s tempting to grill just about everything, trying to grill cilantro, which…

Ramping Up Your Risotto

Ramp week would not be complete at EDA without a risotto recipe!  Since I’ve been a little busy lately (trying my hand at cheesemongering), I had to throw last night’s dinner together with what was on hand.  Scallops and ramps came from the Greenmarket over the weekend.  Fresh chives came from a friend’s backyard.  Crab…

Spicing Up Your Ramps

For the food-obsessed and locavore crazed, spring means ramps, dandelion greens, wild chives, fiddlehead ferns, and eventually peas and morel mushrooms.  Because ramps, which have a short growing season, appear first, the hype around how to use this wild onion has reached insane proportions.  Ramps were in such demand that they cost as much as…

Paris Markets on Display and Under Cover

Rows of ripe tomatoes, pink radishes, ginger and chanterelles beckon hungry shoppers.  Dungeness crabs occasionally move, alluding to the freshness of the nearby turbot. Or as you stroll through the market, perhaps a fresh chicken or pig’s head or feet for dinner? And to start, there’s a myriad of terrines and pates to choose from,…