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This March 31, 2014 photo shows pan seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes, and chilies in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Moving Asparagus to the Center of Your Plate

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” But however it is spelled, it makes me happy. Most grocers sell asparagus in a range of sizes, from thin and willowy to thick and stocky. Whatever the size, look for stalks that are …

Rustic Omelet Cake Perfected Over Time

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On the continuum of egg nirvana, somewhere between scrambled and baked, comes this perfectly friendly treatment. It is a recipe perfected over time and circumstance. Longtime Washington Post food section contributor and cookbook author Lisa Yockelson’s formula combines gently pan-cooked vegetables with eggs and cheese, plus paprika and chopped parsley. Once set after a brief oven bake, a savory kind of “cake” is …

Jam Session

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dartmouth senior Kara Hedges browses jams and jellies from Thompson Goat Farm in Springfield, Vt., at the 13th annual Flavors of the Valley event at Hartford High School on Sunday. Valley News — Will Parson …

Chicken Soup With a Chinese Touch

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

When it’s cold outside, I love making soup for supper. Everything goes into a single pot, starting with an aromatic broth and a substantial array of vegetables, then a little bit of protein and finally a crispy garnish. …

Corn Chowder Warms the Heart

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is filled with parties, holiday dinners and lovely meals with houseguests. It can also feel as if every spare moment must be spent in the kitchen or at the market gathering food to refill the fridge and pantry. The week …

Winter Gardening Is Limited, but There Are Useful (and Fun) Things to Do

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For most of us, gardening in January is limited. Water the houseplants. Read the seed catalogs. Dream of flowering shrubs to add to the perennial border — that sort of thing. But there are activities we can do …

Bran Muffins Taste Good, And Can Be Good For You

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New York — I am resolutely opposed to health and diet-related New Year’s resolutions. They fray your willpower at the most depressing time of the year. They cause yoga studios and gyms to be annoyingly crowded in the month of January. And they are usually as doomed as …

The Savory Side of Oatmeal

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It takes a little courage the first time you saute onions with Indian spices and mix them into your oatmeal, but the queasy feeling passes. I promise. I’ll admit that I wasn’t an instant convert. It felt like …

With Legal Pot Comes Pitfalls

Monday, December 30, 2013

Denver — Colorado and Washington state are launching the world’s first legal recreational marijuana markets in 2014. Though pot has been sold for three decades at coffee shops in the Netherlands, the two states are the first to regulate and allow a full industry. Being first to allow …

Farmer Leads Way With Dryland Rice

Sunday, December 29, 2013

When Heinz Thomet decided in 2011 to plant rice, perhaps the first farmer in more than 130 years to do so in the Chesapeake region, he remembered a magazine article he had read nearly two decades earlier. It …

FDA’s Is Just One Approach To Antibiotics

Sunday, December 29, 2013

This month, the Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to address the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food and on farms. The FDA’s effort to tackle the issue began with a 1970 report titled “The Use of Antibiotics in Animal Feed” and has arrived, nearly a half-century …

A Chocolate Roll Is Well Worth the Effort

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

M y mother is both a very good cook and baker, and is unafraid to try her hand at desserts that involved real labor and expertise, desserts requiring molds, gelatins, fine pastry crusts. She was able to turn …

Chocolate Turtles Are a Sweet Treat

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Today marks the end of chocolate week in my holiday kitchen. Homemade chocolate treats are a gift of my time, and since they are delicious and extraordinarily consumable, they don’t occupy valuable space in anyone’s home for very long. On Monday, I created chocolate turtles consisting of five …