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I just got back from a Thanksgiving “warm-up” meal, which was a delicious evening full of good food and good people. There is nothing like a family of friends to be grateful with before giving thanks with the nation. A casual meal of bounty also helps to temper holiday psychosis (admit it, you know what I am talking about).

Originally I said I would bring corn muffins in the shape of ears of corn simply because I somehow acquired a cast iron muffin pan in said shape. But in a burst of culinary confidence I dug out a Martha Stewart “Living” magazine from November 2000 and settled on Wild Rice and Fruit Salad.

Wild Rice and Fruit Salad

“On a day when warm side dishes abound, salads provide a welcome contrast,” purrs the recipe introduction. “This one has many merits: the hearty, nutty flavor of wild rice, the freshness of fruit, and a tart dressing…. It can be served chilled or at room temperature and can even be dressed in advance, since the rice will stand up to a long soak without losing its pleasant chewiness.”

Wild and nutty. Sounds like Thanksgiving to me. Other than having to hunt for wild rice in two different stores and then paying much, much more than I ever imagined I would for rice, it was worth it. (more…)

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It’s August and utter bliss for all who believe that if love grew from the ground it would be a sun-ripened tomato.

The tomato pots on my own balcony are yielding their own modest offerings. But the number doesn’t matter. I could eat bowl for dessert and melt in their sweetness.

Home Grown

Home Grown

Except for one, however. The one which grew a nose.

Is that a nose?

Is that a nose?

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Garden in the sky

Having just seen Food, Inc. I am tempted to give up food altogether, or maybe grow my own food. And in a way, I try. I have a tiny collection of herbs growing in my balcony pots up here on the third floor, a kind of garden in the sky.

Herbs in the sky

Herbs in the sky

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