Cool Stuff
“Down Home Style”

If I could pick a car to own right this minute, I believe it would be this one. My restaurant friend up in Sonoma County owns this one. He has a restaurant called Zin in Healdsburg and he grows his own vegetables and raises his own chickens and I imagine he carts them all around in this truck. Where can a girl get a perfectly preserved Ford? Here are some […]

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“Cooking with Grandma P.”

My grandmother isn’t cooking anymore. She isn’t as mobile as she used to be, which is a loss for her and also a loss for this website since we enjoyed her recipes so much and because I enjoyed cooking with her so much. But I can remember the times we did spend in the kitchen together and her cookie jar and strange trinkets that she had strewn about. That is […]

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“Fall”

WEST Apples, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapes, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon SOUTHWEST Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapes, Grapefruit, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Pears, Pecans, Pistachios, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelon PACIFIC NORTHWEST Apples, Asian Pears, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Corn, Eggplant, Fennel, Grapes, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Okra, […]

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“Better Than Bacon”

In a day or two, things are going to look quite different around here, thanks to two geniuses I know. Lots of candy hidden all over the place. I can hardly wait… stay tuned!

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“Strawberry Rhubarb Pie”

Last night I dreamt about rhubarb. What does that mean? I took it as a sign that I should show you how to make my favorite pie. Any dream interpreters out there can speak now or forever hold your peace. Anyone? Great! Pie it is. Once upon a time there was someone named “The Pie Lady” in my hometown. She lived in Nyack, New York on the Hudson River in […]

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“Just Arrived at Tulipwood”

My dad is a master beekeeper. He builds his own box frames much to my mother’s dismay. It causes a lot of clutter in the garage. But he looks awfully amusing in his bee suit. Rather like an astronaut. He gets his bees from Georgia, not me, the state. It’s an exciting time when they arrive. We don’t always have to order more, but sometimes you lose a hive or […]

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“Herb Farm”

When I was at Tulipwood last week, I took a trip to Gilberties Herb Farm with Grandma Pellegrini. She had been talking about this place for many months. Since early winter. She and my great-aunt used to go regularly she told me, they would get up early while it was still cool enough to be inside the greenhouse, and they’d be back in time to open the store (they owned […]

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“Cracklin’ Bread”

A few weeks ago I rendered some duck fat. And then I rendered some pig fat. And it was good. Whenever you render fat, you’re left over with something we call “cracklin’.” It’s an automatically southern word. Don’t bother putting a proper -ing on the end of it, you’re wasting your time. It’s cracklin’. The first time I heard about cracklin’ was from a farmer named Frank Griffith in East […]

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“Seven Herb Frittata”

I’m 34,000 feet in the sky again. I seem to be up here a lot. I’m hoping to have a lull again this summer before I embark on a whole new book that I’m about to write, which will require travel which means many more posts from up here. Did I tell you about the new book yet? I will, I have to push the first one out of the […]

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