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Pursuing the Wild Dandelion Green

Food: Thomas E. Jensen

Attention wild food lovers, gardeners, gatherers,  May is the perfect time to harvest and eat local dandelion greens. Right now, right outside, they are tender and perfect, but not for long. Once they go to seed, they become more bitter and less attractive on the dinner plate. 

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Work and a Soaring Imagination

Gardening

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Putting Together A Kentucky Derby BBQ Party

Food

Whether or not you are a racing fan, it is easy to enjoy the first Saturday of May, a great time of year with the fresh spring air, warm days and cool nights, and the possibility of nice weather  for outdoor cooking. 

Time to host a Kentucky Derby barbecue party.

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Eggs for Any Time of Day

Food

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How I Parted Ways With Julia

Food

love and admire Julia Child. She taught us to care about what we were cooking. Consequently, for years I would follow faithfully her every prompt: I bathed vegetables in icy water after a fast boil; I tied chickens and roasted them, basting every 15 minutes; I cooked omelettes speedily and boeuf Bourguignon at length. I even made croissants and larded a roast. Once each. So there was a time I would have heeded to the letter her instructions on preparing cauliflower, that cruciferous vegetable that is not green. 

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Kale: Still Odd, but Tasty

Food

You know kale is good for you. I see from online sources that it lowers cholesterol and the risk of certain cancers; it detoxifies; it antioxidizes; its glycemic index is low, and so are its calories. It also provides 1,180 percent of your daily need of vitamin K. And in a white pitcher it’s quite pretty.

So what. It tastes terrible and the texture is rough and leathery.

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An Asian Treat Two Ways

Food

That spread of Korean dishes at the Hunt Library last week got me hungry for a little Korean home cooking. Mine. Now, like a lot of food from Asia, Korean dishes take time to prep and almost no time to cook — you know, dicing, slicing, grating, mixing, then a minute or two in the wok. You’re done.

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A Winter Visit to Rhinebeck

Expeditions

It’s been 35 years since Donna and I last prowled Rhinebeck, the historic village in Dutchess County.      

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A Wild Place in Our Midst

Country Life

Should you want to see a red panda scooting about its open air shelter in a thicket of bamboo, or maybe a white-naped crane bossing a bunch of ducks around, check out www.millbrook.org/trevorzoolive, any time, day or night. Well, not exactly any time of day or night. Red pandas (also known, ignominiously, I’d say, as the lesser panda) are crepuscular creatures, zoo director Alan Tousignant tells me.They are liveliest at the edges of the day, early or late. 

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Norfolk Farmers Market: Fresh Food, Year-round

The Norfolk Farmers indoor winter market continues  Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Town Hall, 19 Maple Ave.
Vendors will be selling  local meats, cheeses, micro greens and mushrooms along with an assortment of jams, jellies, pickles, eggs, baked goods and olive oil. The products vary from week to week, so go to www.norfolkfarmersmarket.org and the market Facebook page for what’s available and to see pre-ordering options and bad-weather cancellations.

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