Plate by Plate: Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

2015.Oct.21 Wednesday
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“Best rabbit I’ve ever eaten!” New plate that’s been in the works for a bit: Rabbit Loin with Semolina Gnocchi. Rabbit: Salt and pepper a rabbit loin inside and out, roll, and tie. Sear until lightly browned on all sides, finish in hot oven for 6-7 minutes, until just medium. Rest. Untie. Slice. Separately, saute […]

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The Bread & Soup Project #5 – Anguilla

2015.Oct.16 Friday
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First, a little “business” – I’ve gotten a couple of emails and some facebook messages asking about whether all is well at Casa S, as I haven’t been writing up dinners. All is. We’ve sort of moved into a phase where we’ve pretty much got a solid repertoire of recipes that we’re using, the long […]

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Where There’s Smoke…

2015.Oct.12 Monday
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I was going to start this post with a disclaimer about how rarely I eat red meat and this and maybe one or two more might be the exception. And I don’t eat a whole lot of it, but I also don’t avoid it. Much of it tends to be in the form of my […]

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The Bread & Soup Project #4 – Angola

2015.Oct.11 Sunday
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We’re chugging right along, into week 4 of this project, and alphabetically, we’ve moved on to Angola. Now, along with Mozambique, Angola is probably the most heavily influenced African country by Portuguese colonization many moons ago, and looking through dozens of websites with info on the cuisine, it tends to fall into two categories – […]

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Wines of the Week

2015.Oct.10 Saturday
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Luigi Bosca Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – pale yellow, almost clear at the rim; fruit forward nose with grapefruit and green bell pepper on the nose; on the palate, upfront moderately high acidity, dry, lots of grapefruit, bell pepper and hints of grass; medium finish heavy on the grapefruit. $17 (all prices in dollars, estimated average […]

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Festivals of the Boot

2015.Oct.08 Thursday
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I was sure when I posted a week or so ago about the various gastronomy festivals sponsored by the city in the “BA Celebra…X” series, that the huge multi-ethnic Festival de las Colectividades was the culmination of them all. I was wrong. Another two this past weekend – Croatia & Italy. The first, a mere […]

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The Bread & Soup Project #3 – Algeria

2015.Oct.04 Sunday
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Although originally I started out thinking about this project in terms of breads, some sort of vaguely formed idea in my head that every culture has some sort of stuffed bread similar to an empanada, samosa, turnover, pasty, etc. – that’s turning out to not be as true as I surmised. So the bread part […]

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Sunchoke and Sundry

2015.Oct.01 Thursday
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I’ve written in the past about the annual BA Food Week event. It’s one that in general I’ve ignored, I sort of gave my reasons there. That was 2013. Last year, I decided to throw myself into it and give it a shot, rather than just whinging, and made it to six spots (here, here, […]

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The Bread & Soup Project #2 – Albania

2015.Sep.29 Tuesday
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There are a myriad of ways I could go with this project. I decided alphabetically by country. Accept it. Embrace it. I can see already that the difficulties, too, are myriad, but I’m game: I have to decide what soup and what filled bread or turnover-ish thing really represents an entire country’s cuisine, and then […]

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