Succulent Spices



Vanilla and Spice Nuts

May 19th, 2012  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Nuanced Nuts, Succulent Spices

Vanilla and Spice Nuts

Every year around Christmas I make spiced nuts. LOTS of spiced nuts. Everyone gets a jar — family, friends, co-workers, third cousins three times removed… For about a week in December every flat surface in my apartment is covered with cooling spiced nuts. I make lots of different varieties — some sweet, some fiery hot, […]





Polpettone: Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

April 25th, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, Carrots, Garlic, Homemade Sausage and Meat Cookery, Honorable Herbs, Most Popular, Onion, Parsley, Succulent Spices

Polpettone: Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

I daydream a lot about cooking during the week, especially when I’m on the train. Its rhythmic click-clack, the morning fog, and a warm cup of coffee are just the right combination for daydreaming about things I want to cook. During the week not so many of those dreams become reality, but during the weekend […]





Roasted Crab with Fennel and Orange

February 22nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, Fantastic Fruits, Garlic, Honorable Herbs, Orange, Succulent Spices, Thyme, Weekend Projects

Roasted Crab with Fennel and Orange

Here it is, the end of Dungeness crab season and I am *finally* getting around to posting this delicious roasted crab recipe… don’t walk… RUN to get the last…





Orange, Pomelo, Lemon and Ginger Preserves

January 7th, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, Fantastic Fruits, Farming, Gardening, & Food Preservation, Ginger, Lemon, Most Popular, Orange, Preserves and Pickles, Succulent Spices, Weekend Projects

Orange, Pomelo, Lemon and Ginger Preserves

Yesterday I inaugurated my new canning equipment — a huge 12 quart stockpot, a canning funnel, a magnetic lid lifter, and a bright red rubber coated jar lifter. Joy! Granted…





Spicy Pumpkin and Peanut Curry

November 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, Cilantro / Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Honorable Herbs, Nuanced Nuts, Squash, Succulent Spices, Veritable Vegetables, Weekend Projects

Spicy Pumpkin and Peanut Curry

I am back! Back to cooking, back to blogging, back to the USA, back to San Francisco! Steven and I returned from our 10 month German adventure…





Eating Out of a Cardboard Box

October 25th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Beets, Carrots, Garlic, Onion, Potatoes, Veritable Vegetables

Moving across town is hard enough, but a move across the Atlantic kicks the difficulty up to a whole other level.  One of the big challenges lies in the fact that after I pack my things in boxes, I won’t see any of it for approximately 8 weeks — the length of time it takes […]





Oaxacan Pipian with Zucchini and Onions

October 4th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, Garlic, Nuanced Nuts, Onion, Succulent Spices, Summer Squash & Zucchini, Veritable Vegetables, Weekend Projects

Oaxacan Pipian with Zucchini and Onions

There is a serious lack of Mexican food here in Hannover, Germany. Not just good Mexican food (like the lack of good sushi), but simply a lack of Mexican food in general. After 10 months…





Green Garlic Soup

April 20th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, Garlic, Most Popular, Veritable Vegetables, Weeknight Recipes

Green Garlic Soup

Besides the expected potatoes and cabbage, green garlic is one item that I have been coming across with great frequency here in Germany. I rarely remember seeing it back in California…





Sundried Tomato and Fennel Sausage

April 15th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Fennel, Garlic, Homemade Sausage and Meat Cookery, Honorable Herbs, Sausages, Meats, Succulent Spices, Thyme, Tomatoes, Veritable Vegetables

Sundried Tomato and Fennel Sausage

Sometimes you find an ingredient that just inspires you. Usually for me it’s not something that’s exotic or expensive, but rather something that is of such high quality or is so fresh…





Homemade Celery Salt

March 31st, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Most Popular, Succulent Spices, Weekend Projects

Homemade Celery Salt

Hands down, my favorite breakfast is two soft boiled eggs, a touch of butter, a piece or two of good ham or salami, a nice warm crusty roll or some dense wheat bread, and a cup of strong coffee with real cream…




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