November 9, 2013 |
My birthday is Sept. 21, and when I was a child, my mom would sometimes call me "the last rose of summer. " It was a sweet turn of phrase, but just an ordinary one for my mom. With her melodic Irish accent, she delighted people with virtually anything she said. My mom was raised on an Irish country road that led to the rocky coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Her family raised chickens, grew vegetables, and tended roses. She could run up and down the verdant green hills, or dip her toes in the sea. She truly lived in nature, and could never get enough of it. When she and my father came to America in the 1960s, they were lucky enough to land in Elmira, N.Y. A river ran through our town, giving her miles of banks for walking.
June 7, 2012 |
1-pound piece of boneless, skinless salmon, preferably wild, cut into 2 even pieces Kosher salt ? cup extra-virgin olive oil; more for drizzling 1 small shallot, finely diced 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar; more as needed 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish; more as needed Freshly ground black pepper ? cup creme fraiche 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon 4 handfuls arugula (about 4 ounces total)
March 29, 2012
1 pound sugar snap peas 2 small cucumbers, unpeeled, thinly sliced (Persian if you can find them) 1 cup (about 1/2 pint ) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Grated zest of 1 large lemon 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from one large lemon) 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 (14.75-ounce) can of boneless, skinless pink salmon, drained 1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat.
June 9, 2011 |
BERLIN - Cucumbers were back on the radar of German health authorities Wednesday as the possible cause of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed at least 26 people and sickened more than 2,700. Two weeks ago, investigators blamed cucumbers from Spain for the deadly outbreak and then later ruled them out as the source. Then, the focus shifted to sprouts from northern Germany, but none that were tested turned out to be contaminated with the bacterium strain blamed for the outbreak.
June 4, 2011 |
BERLIN - Schools have pulled raw vegetables from menus, piles of cucumbers sit untouched on shop shelves, and farmers say they are losing millions. As scientists scramble to find the source of an E. coli outbreak linked to raw vegetables that has killed 18 in Europe and sickened nearly 2,000, consumers are swearing off lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes just in case. "Cook it or don't eat it," Hamburg kidney specialist Rolf Stahl said at a news conference Friday. "That's my personal recommendation.
June 1, 2011 |
BERLIN - A large and unprecedented outbreak of bacterial infections linked to contaminated vegetables claimed two more lives in Europe on Tuesday, driving the death toll to 16. The number of sick rose to more than 1,150 people in at least eight nations. Nearly 400 people in Germany were battling a potentially fatal version of the infection that attacks the kidneys and kills up to 5 percent of patients. A U.S. expert said doctors had never seen so many cases of the condition, hemolytic uremic syndrome, tied to a foodborne outbreak.
August 19, 2010 |
PARIS - There's a reason the cucumber is the star of its own cliche. Slender and elegant, bumpy or smooth-skinned, cucumbers really do have a cooling effect on the body, which is why they're perfect in summer salads, soups, and sides. Part of the gourd family, which includes watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and squash, cukes have a great nutritional profile: They're low-cal (just 13 per cup), and contain Vitamins C and A, as well as potassium, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, and the mineral silica.
July 8, 2010 |
This light dish, from Williams-Sonoma's Cooking From the Farmers' Market , is a perfect summer supper on the grill. It's quick and easy enough for a weeknight, yet elegant enough for company. Grilled Black Cod With Cucumbers and Ginger 1. Prepare a grill for direct grilling over high heat, or use a stovetop grill pan. Oil the grill rack. 2. In a bowl, combine the cucumbers and onion and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let stand for 15 mintues. Stir in the ginger, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the canola oil. Set aside.
August 13, 2009
Makes 4 servings 1. Lightly toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown, about two minutes; set aside. Cut cucumber halves crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Cut each piece lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick julienne sticks. 2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add cucumber pieces, salt, and pepper. Cook until cucumber is opaque, about four minutes. Sprinkle with water. Cover; cook until just soft, two minutes. 3. Uncover skillet; raise the heat to high.
August 23, 2007
Vintage veggie Little lemon cucumbers are making a comeback. The pale yellow cukes - in season now - are juicy and sweet, with succulent white flesh. They have a bigger seed cavity than traditional cucumbers. And no, they don't taste at all like lemons. Pictured here are lemon cukes from Weavers Way Co-op grown from seeds dating back to 1890. Lemon cucumbers, 95 cents a pound at the Fair Food Farm Stand at Reading Terminal Market or area farmer's markets. - Dianna Marder Sweet salsa Don't be confused by the label "jam.