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Meanwhile, Back In The Kitchen

The small, emerald padrón peppers available last week at the vendor’s stand are gone, so instead I scoop up two big handfuls of pale green, slightly wrinkled guandilla (guindilla) peppers and place them into a bag. I adore these slim, elongated chiles that in their immature green stage have a very mild pungency. They remind me

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L’olivier: the Olive Tree

I wish this was made of olive wood. That was the thought that lingered in my mind as I stood at the sink, washing the stainless steel ladle I had used for scooping the evening’s homemade soup (organic broccoli and potato, in case you were curious). Despite my aptitude as a French-trained cook, the kitchen

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A Fine Tool in the Hand: The World’s Most Special Corkscrew

It was billed as ‘The World’s Most Special Corkscrew’. On Christmas Eve, 1999, Paris was rocked by the storm of the century, a maestro of a tempest that ripped up roof tiles, storefront awnings, toppled trees, and wreaked havoc throughout the city and beyond. A week or so prior, I had departed France and returned

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The Soulful Kitchen, Part 2: Sacred Space

When the intensity of summer sunlight begins to wane in the late afternoon, I raise the blinds that lessen the greenhouse effect from the many windows on the upper, main floor of this house. It’s then that you will find me in the kitchen, contemplating what might come together in my hands for supper. If

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