Pasta with Chanterelles

Savannh, Georgia; October 30, 2017: Pasta with Chanterelles I am loving the cool weather which just began yesterday – though daytime highs will approach 80° F  by the end of the week. I have probably foraged the last of the chanterelles for the season, so I wanted to have a dish that featured them. I had just enough for a hearty pasta dish for one, but I am including a recipe for four. I am not particularly fond of grocery store mushrooms...

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An 80s favorite, revisited

An 80s favorite, revisited

October 19, 2017; Savannah, Georgia. The written history of the flourless chocolate cake is full of exaggerations, suppositions, and just plain bad history. I’ve seen it linked to Vienna’s famous Sachertorte – never mind that the Austrian cake contains flour and is coated with both an apricot and a chocolate glaze. Some claim that Torta Caprese from the storied Italian isle of Capri is its antecedent, though it is held together with ground...

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The Best Oyster Knife I Have Ever Used

The Best Oyster Knife I Have Ever Used

The Best Oyster Knife I Have Ever Used While vacationing in the Languedoc, in southern France, in November 2014, I found myself again and again eating the delicious local oysters. In Carcassonne in the great gourmand épicerie, La Ferme,  I purchased one of these knives because it was not only “the best” that they had, but the one that felt right in my hand. (You can read about my vacation here.) The knife is made from nickel-free surgical...

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