At last, life returns to the North Woods. Throughout northern Minnesota people gather surging maple syrup and the first carrots coaxed from the thawed soil, and combine them with the last of the supplies laid in for the winter, including wild rice, collected locally in the fall, and dried fruit. Taken together, all this makes… Continue reading Ojibwa Spring
On India’s southwestern coast, the sun bejewels a sea washing tropical shores fragrant with flowering spices. Can somewhere as lavishly endowed with vibrant vistas, aromas and colors produce anything other than an exuberant cuisine? Definitely, the state of Kerala does, and one of its favorite creations, Chemmeen Moilee, Curried Shrimp and Coconut Soup, headlines today.… Continue reading Malabar Coast
It’s summer – at last – and fresh fruit returns triumphantly to grocery stores, farmers’ markets and roadside stands. It all looks so good, and we’ve waited so very patiently over the off season. The temptation is overwhelming, and soon we fill baskets, shopping bags and pockets with the returning bounty. Upon getting home –… Continue reading Use ‘Em Up
Summer brings luscious fruit in abundance, particularly berries, which lure us all with their juicy sweetness. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries garner loads of attention and acclaim, and justifiably so, but save some love for the blackberry! The generous-sized fruit offers abundant nectar and a subtle sweetness that’s evocative of a cool breeze rustling a shady… Continue reading Remember the Blackberry!