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  • December 29, 2011

We are eating a simple dish of red wine-braised short ribs and fresh fettuccine by the fire today. There is a big pile of wood stacked next to the Franklin  stove which is working all day warming the place and adding good cheer.

  • December 28, 2011

Today’s lunch is ham steak with a dijon mustard brown sugar sauce and thick slices of country bacon—porc sur porc. We served it with a bowl of Alabama grits and a little green salad. The last blowout before the new year.

  • December 22, 2011

We are off to snowy Vermont and rainy Illinois respectively, to spend the holiday with our nearest and dearest. We toast all of you dear readers, and hope that your festivities are the very very best. See you next week for Christmas leftovers—happy, happy…merry, merry.

  • December 20, 2011

We pulled up the last of the scallions and gathered a big handful of parsley-celery leaves from the garden this morning and added them to a quick, bay shrimp pho. We added lots of fresh ginger, some rice stick noodles, and served it with a big, juicy wedge of lime.


  • December 19, 2011

We roasted a whole chicken in a deep, heavy pot, in a hot oven with a little water, some “late-harvest” spring onions, a couple of garlic cloves, a big nob of butter, and a splash of extra-virgin olive oil. Then, instead of mashed potatoes, we made a dish of freezer succotash to soak up all the rich delicious pot liquor—a very fine lunch to ring in the holiday week.


  • December 15, 2011

On the way to NYC, so today, before we jump in the car, it is a quick lunch of pan-fried shoulder lamb chops with garlic and rosemary (still growing in the window box) and an iceberg and radicchio salad with a lemony vinaigrette.

  • December 14, 2011

We often keep a pot of brothy beans in the refrigerator at the ready. So, today, we’ve warmed up some plump barlotti, drizzled them with really good extra-virgin olive oil, piled sautéed baby kale on top, and served this deliciousness with crunchy hunks of toast. We are eating our greens to build ourselves up for the upcoming holiday debauchery.

  • December 13, 2011

Ripe tomatoes are long gone, so chicken stands in for them in our take on a panzanella salad with parsley, lemon juice, really good  olive oil dressing, and torn hunks of toasted bread.

  • December 12, 2011

Sunday dinner’s leftover lamb shows up for our Monday lunch with cannellini dressed in a lemony shallot vinaigrette, aioli, and a few cornichons.

  • December 9, 2011

Super sweet little white sweet potatoes with crisp cubes of guanciale, salted Irish butter, black pepper, and fresh chives—TGIF.


  • December 8, 2011

We cooked dinner for thirty-five the night before last. There were (happily) leftovers, so we’ve been eating high on the hog for the past couple of days. Today’s lunch is an embarrassment of wild shrimp with pickled celery, garnished with celery leaves and chives, and drizzled with California Ranch’s truly special 2011 Limited Reserve extra-virgin olive oil.

  • December 7, 2011

The fall lunch of all lunches—guinea hen braised in red wine with chestnuts and cipollini, washed down with a splash of Wyatt 2009 pinot noir. We are dozing at our desks.

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