Cool Stuff – Food
“Purslane Salad”

You know that fleshy weed that grows in sidewalk cracks? That’s purslane. And it tastes very good if you know how to use it. I didn’t use it properly until this past week when Jon Rowley made me realize that I do like it as more than just an “acid accent” to my normal salad greens. He and I share a love of simple foods, with very simple ingredients. This […]

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“Sauteed Oyster Mushrooms”

Look What I Found In The Woods! I was catering a rehearsal dinner for a wedding last week and on the menu was a platter of sauteed wild mushrooms for the table. Well I was out in the woods and found this, so I promptly returned the packaged mushrooms to the store. These were a hit, especially when I put one of them on a platter as a showpiece and […]

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“Rhubarb Chutney”

Tis the season for rhubarb. This is a recipe I developed while at Gramercy Tavern which we used on the spring cheese plate. You’ll notice that the sweet and sour components of the rhubarb bring out different qualities in the cheeses, flavors you don’t get when eating the cheese alone. Print“Rhubarb Chutney” Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 45 minutesTotal Time: 55 minutes Ingredientsolive oil 1 knob ginger, peeled and cut […]

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“The Hog Smoker”

In 1973 Alan Benton realized he’d made the wrong career choice as a college guidance counselor. He heard that his neighbor was selling his ham curing business, so he sat with him under a maple tree to see if he could take it over. Today he produces the best ham and bacon in the United States, an intoxicating combination of pork, salt, smoke, brown sugar, and time. He never intended […]

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“The Salami Maker from Bielle”

Ugo Buzzio came to New York City in 1930 from Piedmont Italy with a knack for sausage making. His corner deli on 8th Avenue in New York City looks just like any other until you look a little closer and notice the men in white coats bustling in the back. The shop works in small batches, crafting products out of pure-bred heritage pork, tying by hand, and curing in a […]

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“The Clotted Butter Lady”

Barbara Lake lives on a modest farm in Lanceston, Cornwall with her mother in the 300-year-old house in which she was born. She keeps eleven cows, half Jerseys and half Guernseys, that produce milk with an exceptionally high fat content. A one-woman show, Lake milks her herd morning and evening, separates the cream from the milk and produces a warm yellow clotted cream, all from the same oil fired stove […]

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