Shurpa weather

It doesn’t have to be snowing to be blowing wet and nasty weather out there. Today was a good day to pull together the root vegetables from the farmers markets and make one of my favorite stews, Shurpa Lagman. It’s kind of hard to go wrong when you start out with a little beef, and […]

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Beware the plantains

I love plantains. They’re basically big starchy bananas, and so easy to cook. All you have to do is wait for the skin to get nice and black, really black, then slice them up and fry them in butter.  The best part is if you happen to find them already ripe in the store, they’re […]

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Why farmers markets are dangerous

You might be enchanted by something you’ve never seen before, like these darling egg-shaped, green-striped eggplants. She told me they were Brazilian eggplants, which appears to also be called jiló. But the pictures that I find show a solid green. These are striped, like Thai eggplant. They’re almost as pretty as these. So what do […]

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