The Simple Spatula

Category: Onions

right back where you left off.

If you’ve ever been a runner you know what it’s like to get into a rhythm and a routine. You run often and it comes easily and you miss it if you don’t run. Then one day you’re a little too busy and you skip your run. A few more days like this go by [...]

Roasted Lola Duck

Last Saturday a woman walked up to my stand at this market and shyly said exactly this “I’ve never roasted a duck before”. The words tumbled off  her tongue in a rush like a confession that she could no longer keep to herself and then smiled as if she accidentally let out a secret. It [...]

Of Celery, Soup and Lola Ducks.

I won’t even pretend I have recipe for you in this post. I originally intended to write one but honestly I couldn’t even begin to guess on the quantities of what ultimately went into this soup. It was almost a disaster and certainly could have turned out better – another reason why I won’t bother [...]

Sauteed Purple Cabbage with Apples and Red Wine

Have you ever wondered why a cabbage is so heavy? Its because that homely crucifer has far more layers tightly wound inside than you could ever imagine. Seriously, I cut up a medium-sized purple cabbage on sunday, sauteed it, served it to several guests and ate it every day for 3 to follow. I STILL [...]

Brisket and "Goop"

Everyone has a few household items or foods that they call by an odd name. Maybe it originally descended from a family member who speaks another language or maybe one day someone was at a loss for words and just made one up that stuck. Whatever the reason, the words become a natural, integrated part [...]

On the topic of favorites.

rus·tic  adj. 1. Of, relating to, or typical of country life or country people. 2. a. Lacking refinement or elegance; coarse.      b. Charmingly simple or unsophisticated. 3. Made of unfinished or roughly finished wood 4. Having a rough or textured appearance I’m happy the summer is almost done. There I said it. I know there are summer-lovers everywhere shaking their [...]

Pickle Failure

It seems like everyone has pickle story. Some have long been singing the praises of all-things-fermented or brined and some are just learning to like them but never-the-less, recipes are popping up everywhere. If you follow me on flickr, you saw my pickles in their early stages. Plump, kirby cucumbers – nestled together with spices [...]

Lisa’s Rainbow Black Bean Salad

Lisa’s Rainbow Black Bean Salad I made this salad up based on the brightly colored rainbow peppers I found at the farm stand last week. After I served it at a bar-b-que Sunday night I had a few requests for the recipe so I thought I would post it here. If you can’t find rainbow [...]

Getting used to the idea.

Everywhere I turn someone likes to point out that I only have 11 days of classes and 3 weeks until I graduate. Whoa.   Put another way that’s 38 hours at my internship, 11 days of class, 3 weeks, 3 short assignments, 1 take home final, 1 online final, 3 regattas, 1 banquet, 2 excessively [...]

April Daring Cook’s Challenge – New Brunswick Stew

Kitchen shears are my new favorite utensil. Why are they my new favorite utensil?  Well, I was having a wrestling match with a 3lb chicken and it was winning – until I remembered the kitchen shears. The beautiful, sleek, seriously sharp kitchen shears. They sliced right through those chicken bones with ease and grace as [...]