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…

Paradise in Phu Quoc

After hiking through rice patties and the jungle, sleeping in stilt houses and on trains (admittedly, there were a couple of decent hotel stays in between), we were ready for a little luxury.  And in Vietnam that doesn’t have to cost too much.   We wanted a beach escape without being badgered.  And since we’d planned…

A Maryland of Opportunity

That’s the punchy current state slogan.  The former was “Seize The Day Off” – so maybe the Maryland tourism board could use a little help, but you get the idea.  This month, I’m encouraging you to explore Maryland.  If you live within driving distance, you’ll be surprised at what an amazing and inexpensive adventure you…

Purple Cauliflower…Oh My!

Almost every child (and my younger self included) has tasted play-doh.  The question is why.   The smell is off-putting, though certainly unique.  Its consistency is absurd – crumbly yet soft – like cold mashed potatoes.  But I don’t recall it tasting buttery in any way.  Its vibrant color, on the other hand, makes it appealing…

Creamy Crab Dip

Nothing goes quicker at a holiday party than crab dip (except maybe spinach dip, but no need to improve upon Knorr’s crowd-pleasing recipe). The type of crab you use can make a big difference.  Sometimes, I mix in a can of regular crabmeat (backfin) and then add a can of lump too.  You can never…