Category Archives: Vegetarian

Not Quite “Nuts” About Green Almonds

Ever tasted a green (unripe) almond?  I didn’t even know that green almonds existed, until my friend Linda Burnett, who writes a wonderful blog about Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury, took me on a culinary tour of Roslindale. While … Continue reading

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Does Family Vacation Food Have to Be Unhealthy?

When I became a pescovegetarian back in the ’70s, it was really hard to find food I wanted to eat when I was traveling.  These days, I’m able to find tasty, healthy, local food in most cities.  Sadly, this is … Continue reading

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Celebrate May Day with Fresh Fava Beans and Spring Onions

As a proud pescovegetarian, it’s hard to admit that I like any of the same foods as the world’s most famous cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, of The Silence of the Lambs, but like Hannibal, I really enjoy fresh fava beans (with … Continue reading

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There Will Be Blood (Oranges) In My Salad

During the cold grey days of winter and even on cool wet spring days, oranges are a zesty reminder that somewhere, the sun is shining. Sadly, it hasn’t been a great year for citrus, either for price or flavor.  So … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Black Beans Worth Crowing About

For many years, I’ve been enjoying the black beans at one of my favorite restaurants, Centre Street Café.  They have a wonderful smoky flavor, but there was a certain something—a little kick—that I just couldn’t place. Recently, I learned the … Continue reading

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Dinner at Alinea: Art, Theatre, and, of course, Food

I’ve often heard people talk about food as art, but I’ve never seen it that way myself until I was treated to a fabulous experience last week involving food. Although it took place at a restaurant, I felt like I … Continue reading

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How to Make a Kickin’ Vegan Hoppin’ John

When the clock stroke midnight on New Year’s Eve, did you dive a spoon into a pot of Hoppin’ John so you’d have good luck in 2011? Don’t worry, I didn’t  either. But I made up for it today by … Continue reading

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Heirloom Beans: More Than A Hill of Beans

Until recently, if you’d asked me if I’d be willing to pay $7 or $8 a pound for a bag of dried beans, I’d have said, “Are you kidding? Why pay that much for something you can pick up at … Continue reading

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A “Poached” Pair of Poached Pear Recipes

This week, I had the opportunity to “poach” a pair of poached pear recipes from two distinguished sources, chef Didi Emmons and Cook’s Illustrated. Michelle and I made the first poached pear recipe at a cooking class at Haley House, … Continue reading

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How to (Not) Cook Kale

I finally get it.  The secret to cooking kale is not to cook it. I enjoy eating most types of greens, and I cook most of them the same way. I rinse them really well because they can often be … Continue reading

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