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…

Restaurant Review: Batard

Usually when all the critics love a place, I don’t.  Or if it’s one certain dish, it doesn’t live up to the expectations.  Not so at Batard. Of course, we didn’t go with the octopus pastrami – having had tons of octopus in Maui and thinking this was likely overrated.  Instead we tried the red…

Roasted Monkfish Wrapped In Speck

When the weather is hot, I want to eat more seafood, especially locally caught fish.  Prices can get high for anything not farmed, and flounder doesn’t lend itself to much variety in preparation.  But don’t forget about monkfish.  Called the “poor-man’s lobster” for its texture, but it tastes more like meat.  Play this up by…