07 / 28 / 2012

The elegant Red Kuri squash in a hearty winter green casserole

by Rhona Kamar
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My eyes have always passed over those huge displays of assorted pumpkins and squashes in the fall, piled on top of bales of hay at the farmers’ market. They bore me. I have never found them beautiful. But one day, a Red Kuri stood out from the heap. In a world of prickly, bumpy, funky shaped squashes, the Red Kuri is a graceful lady, with elegant curves and smooth skin. Her color is the warmest … Continue reading

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Sweet and Spicy Raw Kale Salad

by Rhona Kamar
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    This raw kale salad has a lot going on. Texture wise there’s crunch, not just from the fresh raw kale, but from hemp seeds and dried goji berries. That finds balance in the creaminess of the dressing, a puree of super ripe avocado and olive oil. There’s smoke and heat from a couple of teaspoons of adobo sauce in the dressing; admittedly, the only un-raw ingredient in the recipe that could easily be … Continue reading

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Pan-seared Petite Tomatoes

by Rhona Kamar
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Looking across the field at the ruby dots suspended amongst tangles of vine, my eyes find inspiration. Especially in the late afternoon when the sun is hitting the field just right, casting a haze on the landscape as I look through my camera lens. I think of cherry tomatoes like most kinds of berries: radiant jewels in the garden. Harvesting them is a treasure hunt. When ripe, they release into your hand with ease. So … Continue reading

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Salads: exotic and splurge worthy

by Rhona Kamar
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Can a salad get you excited? With beautiful roasted oils like hazelnut and avocado. Small crop lettuces. Spices. Fragrant small batch vinegars. Delicate, shaved vegetables. Got your attention? Good. There are so many ingredients that can take a salad from mainstream.. you know, the usual…to exotic and surprising. Take a break from Romaine. Boycott iceberg forever. Extra virgin olive oil is a darling, but roasted walnut oil is a deeply sensual mistress. And she’s not … Continue reading

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Garlic Scapes

by Rhona Kamar
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  They shoot up from garlic plants like a crazy stalk and then fall gracefully into quirky curls, this way and that, heavy from their own weight. And when their curvaceous seed pods burst into flowers, you know the garlic bulbs below the soil are nearly, if not completely, ready for harvest. Garlic scapes taste like garlic.  A crunchier, greener version of garlic.  They can be sautéed or stir-fried or braised in place of or … Continue reading

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A Simple Side Dish of Leeks and Kale

by Rhona Kamar
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Tuscan kale enjoys the nickname Dinosaur kale because of the scaly texture of its mature leaves. But really it has the softest texture of any of the varieties; it’s our favorite to grow. Here’s a side dish that plays the sweetness of the leek against the slight bitterness of fresh kale. You could use leftovers in countless ways. Think frittata or quinoa pilaf. TECHNIQUE Cut one leek in half lengthwise and begin slicing each half … Continue reading

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