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Simona Carini
Northern California
An Italian transplanted in California
Interests: creative cooking, cheese making, bread baking, food writing, blogging, book and box making, kayaking, photography, classical music You can contact me at simosite [AT] mac [DOT] com
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I didn't realize rhubarb had such a short season there. Our locally grown rhubarb starts later, but it lasts for a while. I tried growing it once a few years ago, but was not successful: it's a pretty plant.
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I do too, Deb, and am trying to use it in new ways.
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Thank you, Claudia. I read that there are sweet and tart varieties of starfruit, so I would choose a tart one and see what happens. Let me know if you try.
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Thank you, Debra. I am planning to experiment some more with rhubarb.
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I wonder if it is a case of farmers not offering a product for which they think there is no market and consumers not learning about that product because they don't see it offered. Maybe you can ask some farmers.
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Thank you Debra for the information. I like the idea that bees find thyme beneficial. It's the one herb that I cannot do without: it goes well with so many foods. Even simply smelling it cheers me up.
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garden flavors (tablecloth by La FABBRICA del LINO) Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather start a catering company in Dublin, Ireland, and in so doing bring together the large cast of characters in Maeve Binchy's novel Scarlet Feather, the current selection of our Cook the Books Club. Such cast includes the protagonists' families, spouse and spouse's family (for Cathy), girlfriend (for Tom), friends, clients and more. While some characters have more elements on the negative plate of the scale than on the positive, all of them have something on both, and the story for me is about how even well-intentioned, generous, good... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at briciole
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Quando passi da queste parti te la faccio assaggiare ;)
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We are lucky to have easy access to good avocados: they seem to be able to bring up a notch any dish to which they are added. It is a really nice book and am now looking forward to reading more from the same author.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2016 on celery omelette / omelette con sedano at briciole
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Have you thought about growing it in your garden? I honestly have no idea how difficult it is to do so. Having to buy a large amount at a time makes one think about various ways of using it. It has happened to me in the past to discard celery that had become too old and I don't like that. I also like the idea of moving to the foreground a vegetable that is usually in the background.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2016 on celery omelette / omelette con sedano at briciole
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No worries, Deb. Thank you so much for participating!
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2016 on Novel Food #27: the finale at briciole
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onion and ricotta tart in good company (tablecloth by La FABBRICA del LINO) In her memoir Unearthed: Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden1 author Alexandra Risen2 tells two stories of discovery: one pertains the garden around the house into which she moves with her husband and young son and the other pertains her Ukrainian-born parents, who were displaced by WWII and finally migrated to Edmonton, Canada, in 1953. The book is a pleasure to read. Each chapter moves forward both the story of the garden's restoration / development and Risen's personal journey through her earlier life and her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at briciole
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Welcome to the roundup of the 27th edition of Novel Food, the literary/culinary event that Lisa of Champaign Taste and I created in 2007 and that I continue to host with great pleasure, as it brings together two of my passions: literature and food. Novel Food is about literary works (prose or poetry) that inspire the preparation of dishes. Like all its predecessors, the current edition includes some lovely posts, each describing a literary work that the blogger read and the dish that the reading inspired. Please, follow me on a short literary/culinary tour. For each contribution, I will offer a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at briciole
Now you got me curious, Ruhama. Any chance you can use the book for the next edition of Novel Food?
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2016 on Announcing: Novel Food #27 at briciole
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So glad you found hemp seeds, Claudia. Let me know if you make the crackers and/or the cod.
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Thank you so much, Deb!
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2016 on Announcing: Novel Food #27 at briciole
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I agree, Frank, and that's why I am experimenting with it.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2016 on celery omelette / omelette con sedano at briciole
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[cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] celery omelette topped with some mashed avocado (tablecloth by La FABBRICA del LINO) Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson called out at me from a table at a library book sale and just like the country in which is it set, Norway, it grabbed me immediately. The sky, the woods, the water, everything is expansive in Norway, majestic, yet quiet. Petterson's prose is like that. Life's familiar themes—friendship, love, loss, betrayal, coming of age, aging—play a role in the story of Trond Sander, the 67-year-old protagonist. I imagined to be sitting in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at briciole
I also was tempted by the chili, but then I would have had to host a party, since these days I am the only one eating beans at home. I would like to taste a bowl of yours!
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on Midwest Beef & Beans Chili at Delaware Girl Eats
And you may discover you like them too, Cathy ;) They are quite tasty.
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Thank you, Amy :)
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You are welcome, Debra :)
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You are welcome, Wendy :)
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I know, Frank, the recipe sounds strange. The chia seeds, when placed in water, develop a gelatinous coating: when the other seeds are added, the mass still keeps together and that allows you to spread it into a thin sheet. I hope you give this recipe a try, especially if you are a fun of nuts. Let me know if you do.
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They are so quick and easy to make, Claudia, I totally recommend them. I noticed hemp seeds for the first time not too long ago in the supplement section of a Whole Foods, where I was looking for something else. Trader Joe's carries them, at least in the Bay Area, together with chia seeds. Both are quite nutritious and have become popular so I would also try any of the health food stores in the area.
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