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  • Gazpacho–si señor!

    Labor Day has come and gone but summer’s heat and humidity linger. What better excuse for a bowl of chilled gazpacho for lunch? Or dinner, or an…

  • Aquaculture in Maine’s future

    This is the talk, with a few illustrations, that I was invited to give on August 15 at the Island Institute, a remarkable organization headquartered in Rockland, Maine, that promotes, celebrates and…

  • Cool: Summer minestrone

    Last week I talked about il battuto, that savory combination of minced pork and aromatic vegetables that is the basis of so many great Italian dishes. These…

  • How Do You Say Delicious in Italian?

    How do you say delicious in Italian? You could start with battuto. That’s Italian for a combination of chopped vegetables, sometimes with a little added cured pork (pancetta, guanciale, prosciutto, even a slice…

  • Strawberries (Again?!?)

    Yes, they come back every year, some years more prolifically than others. This has been an especially bountiful year here in Maine where I’m settled right now.…

  • Lentils & Green Olives

    I just love these tiny lentils from the Abruzzi—the colors remind me of the beach-stone paintings of my painter friend Alan Magee. Or of the roof tiles…

  • A Killer in the Kitchen

    I lived in Cyprus off and on in the early ‘70s before the Turkish invasion that split the island into two irreconcilable political entities, one Turkish, one Greek. Our village, on the…

  • Ode to the Egg

    It’s the simplest, most basic of foods, the one cooks turn to when there’s nothing to eat in the house—because there’s almost always an egg or two in the pantry, ready to…

  • Snowy Day Soup

    What to do in a February blizzard on the coast of Maine? Snow day: No school, downtown shops all closed, and the snow falls so hard and fast that I can’t…

  • Salty Lemons

    It’s a lemony time of year, these waning days of January when the air is chilly, the earth is covered with no longer fresh snow, and a…