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Redbud Jelly Time!

An old friend of mine sent a delicious parcel to me this week: a jar of redbud jelly. One look at the color and I was smitten. It has a nice sweet/sour tang that is fantastic on toast. Many people … Continue reading

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Montreal Style

For those of you who are not bagel connoisseurs, Montreal-style bagels are very different from the usual savory, crisp New York style bagels: Montreal-style bagels are sweeter, chewier. Spread Bagelry off of Rittenhouse Square in Philly is a specialist in … Continue reading

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Paw Paw Season

My apologies for being so silent for so long, friends: the Whitman book has kept me quite busy over the summer, but I did venture out recently to seek out the handful of local clonal patches of Paw Paw (Asimina … Continue reading

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Recipe: Whimsy’s Bog Bites

Better than any trail bar you’ll find in a store. Healthier, too. 2 cups old fashion rolled oats 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds 1 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/4 cup flax seed 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup … Continue reading

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The Czarina of Hojicha

Rebecca Goldschmidt, proprietress and owner of one of my perennial Philadelphia haunts, The Random Tea Room. Working on tin labels for the Tea Room at the moment. Mellow atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable staff, and damn fine teas, from pu-erh to mind-blowing … Continue reading

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Colonial Tofu

My friend Joel Fry, archaeologist, historian, and curator of Bartram’s Garden, invited some of us out to the Bartram house this week. Chef Walter Staib of Old City Tavern is going to be cooking in the kitchen hearth at the … Continue reading

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First Morels of the Season

This Monday, I trekked into the fresh green curtain of forest to hunt morels with my friend Laura, who really seems to have a knack for finding the little devils. This is a very modest batch, but it’s still early … Continue reading

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The Hunt is Nigh

I’m off to my mushroom hunting grounds tomorrow, for I have a strong hunch that this warm, rainy night may herald the start of wild morel season. Morels have an earthy but delicate flavor with a creamy texture. Lovely on … Continue reading

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