I snagged all the end-of-the-season red chiles I could get my hands on at the farmers’ market a few weeks back. Red jalapeño, Espelette (a French [Basque] chile), Urfa Biber (a Turkish chile; I grew these in my garden), and a handful of chiles, which I suspect were cayenne.With an abundance of chiles, you can: … Continue Reading

It’s mid-October and the lure of fall (and pumpkin) is strong, but I’m not quite ready to bid farewell to some of my summer faves — eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes, the holy trinity of summer vegetables. They’re still abundant at my local farmers’ markets, so was eager to take advantage of them, as in a … Continue Reading

I recently saw a cartoon in which a couple was at an Italian restaurant. They asked their server, “We don’t eat pasta, what should we order?” to which the server responded, “a taxi.” 🙂 Busiate is a corkscrew shaped pasta typical to the Province of Trapani in western Sicily. The word busiate is of Arabic origin. The pasta was … Continue Reading

This is what I’ve been waiting for…this is what I love soooo much about summer — tomatillos and tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. Add some cilantro, a chile or two, some onion and garlic, and you’ve got yourself the makings of some decidedly tasty salsa. Threw this together for brunch last Sunday, eggs with two salsas — … Continue Reading

Like many, I eagerly await summer and its splendid tomatoes. Can’t think of many things better than a vine-ripened tomato. This year, I have four tomatoes plants in my backyard. Love plucking the (cherry) tomatoes right off the vine and popping them into my mouth. A sprinkling of sea salt and now we’re talking. So … Continue Reading