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Eggplant stew on a Saturday

The first farmers’ market of the season took place today.  We shopped for produce between rainfalls.  We brought home a few heavy bagfuls of goodies, but the star of the morning for me was the baby eggplants Miriam was selling at her booth. I gravitated toward Nigel Slater’s book Tender to prepare these gems.  With… Continue reading Eggplant stew on a Saturday

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Cholent

I can recall the crockpot sitting inconspicuously on the counter; the kitchen was dark, though we all gathered around waiting to eat.  From the pot, our dear friend ladled a thick, brown substance into our bowls.  “It’s Cholent,” he explained, and I was dubious.  Yet the first bite of that earthy stew etched itself into my… Continue reading Cholent