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A Sweet Summer Salad with Arrowhead Cabbage

Right now, we have in beautiful Arrowhead cabbage from Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA – and, the other night, I took the opportunity to use one for a wonderful, sweet and crunchy salad

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A Recipe from Ihsan’s Kitchen: Gnocchi al Castelmagno

Ihsan recently shared with us a few memories from one of his early cheese sourcing trips – a 1993 trip to the Castelmagno region of Italy. In that post, he described one of his revelatory food experiences: Gnocchi al Castelmagno.

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Capturing California Citrus: Candied Blood Orange Peel

Unpacking a box of Moro blood oranges from Rancho del Sol, I was immediately hit with a rich, balsamic fragrance that was only matched in richness by their bright ruby appearance. Having yet to preserve any of this season’s citrus fruit, I immediately decided to snap up a pound to juice and candy.

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Summer Snacking: Fresh Guacamole

What better time than the dog days of summer to whip up some fresh guacamole. It pairs well with beer, doesn’t involve any slaving away over the stove and is a great pre-BBQ snack!

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Ricotta Toasts with Turkish Figs and Spring Blossom Honey

Recently, I have been on a bit of a ricotta kick – incorporating it into salads, dolloping it on strawberries and, more recently, experimenting with it on bruschetta-like toasts. Quick and easy to put together, they are a kind of open faced sandwich. Made with a sprinkling of dried Turkish figs and spring blossom honey, they are very more-ish!

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Mac and Cheese Magic with Toasted Orzo + Parmigiano Reggiano

I recently had the good fortune to dine at B&G Oysters in the South End. With a natural affinity for all things dairy and, in particular, for a good mac and cheese, I ordered the orzo from their list of “Sides” to go with my lobster roll.

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A Friend’s Finishing Touch: Goat Milk Caramel

On weekends, we often have 12-16 people over for dinner. Since neither Ihsan nor I are big dessert eaters, someone else usually brings dessert. A couple of weeks ago, our good friend, John “Doc” Willoughby, brought a gingerbread cake and homemade goat milk dulce de leche.