Herb Crusted Dijon Pork with Prunes

The Zen lab is busier than usual as we prepare a new series of 5 minute prep recipes for all of our spice blends. Continue reading

Fennel & Chickpea Soup with Saffron

As my family already knows, I am definitely not a short order cook. I will happily plan make eggs on toast or a quick pasta pesto for dinner, but whatever it is we all sit down to eat the same meal.

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Slow Cooker Braised Niçoise Beef Shortribs

If last week’s recipe for carrot soup with pine nut and caper topping was simple, P1000119wholesome and elegant then this week’s is bold, nurturing and indulgent.  Continue reading

Halibut, Fingerling Potatoes & Bay Spiced Citrus Butter

It’s almost 3 weeks since we crept across Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod and into another world. The only intermission during the previous two day roadtrip from Chicago was a brief spectacular, soggy and sonorous boat trip in the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls.


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Salt & Pepper Flank Steak & Chimichurri Sauce

I was free to putter around in my community garden last Sunday, on a scheduled but very P1010047relaxing “annual work day.” It was the perfect pairing of purging and planting. I’m committed to growing my own, organically, in support of Earth Day every day. Continue reading