Carrots with Green Coriander

The humble carrot – sweet, aromatic, and crunchy – is a kitchen workhorse.  In the past couple of years my fondness for carrots has grown because of the amazing flavor in the freshly harvested beauties from my Fully Belly Farm CSA box. My simple recipe using carrots also uses another member of the carrot family…

What is it? Olive Oil

Oh. Yes.  I love olive oil.  And I’m all fired up about it after reading “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.”  Again, this is a super basic food to spotlight, but a very important one in my kitchen.  Knowing a bit about cooking oils is a good idea.  We use different…

What is it? Kale.

Kale is a food whose time has come.  This ancient cabbage relative has been a food staple for centuries throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.   One of the most nutritionally dense foods in existence, kale (Brassica oleracea) has been the health food poster child for years here in America.  But I want you to get to…

What is it? Parsley.

This green, green herb has a long and important culinary history.  Often relegated to the role of garnish, parsley deserves some attention as a culinary mainstay.  It’s fresh, nutritious, and mildly savory.  Parsley (petroselinum hortense) is the best known member of its botanical family — the parsley family.  Other parsley family herbs include cilantro, caraway, carrot,…

What is it? Asparagus.

It’s Spring, so that means asparagus.  Distinctive, delicious, and sophisticated asparagus is a seasonal treat in my kitchen.  Taste it raw and you’ll appreciate its grassy, green notes and distinct flavor. So, what is it?  Asparagus is the new, fresh growth shoot that springs out of the ground from the underground root stock of an…