Maple roasted rhubarb

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This week, on ‘Ridiculously easy and therefore dangerous desserts’, is one of my favourites.┬áIn Southern California, where our seasons are beyond comprehension to the layperson, rhubarb appears in the spring and fall, but only for a few weeks in each. I don’t know if it’s the same where you are. When it’s available, my favourite [...]

Check yo’self

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  I was trying to think of all kinds of cool slang puns to do with fools. Like ‘check yo’self fool’ and ‘what’s happening fool’ and ‘whatchoo talkin’ about fool’. And then I remembered one day when I was hanging out with my brother and all his friends, and one of them said “that’s dope”, [...]

Elder. Immune booster. Somewhere near you.

Photo: Hunger and Thirst (thanks Butter)

It’s no wonder that the elder is a plant steeped in mythology. Just looking at the big bushes, with their clouds of tiny white flowers dancing in the wind, or with the clusters of blue black berries dangling seductively at the end of each branch, you can tell that there is something magical about it. [...]

Lemon Polenta Cake

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When my little sister was very young– she must have been 3 or so– she decided to make a cake on her own. She dragged a chair around the kitchen, to gather milk, and eggs, and butter, and flour and cocoa. By the time we found her in the kitchen, she was sitting on the [...]

Spicy sourdough nectarine upside down cake.

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Another wild hair. Yesterday, while waiting for my bread dough to finish resting, while watching Jamie make ten pounds of tomatoes disappear into pomodoro sauce, while relaxing after a long day of hiking and cooking and writing, I was absentmindedly browsing through the archives over at Wild Yeast, where I came across a recipe for [...]

Balsamic roasted figs

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Four years ago, I was living in a little house in south Palm Desert. It was summer, and… have you experienced a desert summer? It’s horrible. The unbearable, relentless heat that doesn’t ease up for months on end. The heat that radiates down from the sun and up from the pavement, that gets in your [...]