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Green Thumb Sunday: Banana flower, Vanuatu

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Simple, brilliant, stunning, gone

I only saw Judy Rodgers in person once. In September 2008, I was on a tour of the Monterey Market in Berkeley, Calif. Bill Fujimoto, who owned the market at the time, had taken us to look in the back loading and storage area, where fruits and vegetables were stacked in boxes on pallets, and [...]

In a pinch: Pick-a-pepper pizza sauce

Warning: This is not a seasonal post. It’s not seasonal because it addresses a problem that none of you, unless you are Australian and/or in that hemisphere, should be having at the moment. But store it away. Tuck it into your mental file. You, too, may run into the very same problem that I did, [...]

Alinea and my 40th

A couple of weeks ago, I turned 40. 40! It hardly seems possible, since most of the time I feel more like I’m 39. The occasion had to be marked properly, and therefore, I bought tickets for The Unicorn and I to dine at Alinea on my birthday night. I had been dreaming of eating [...]

Soleil, dimmed

I was cooking dinner when I heard Soleil Banguid had died. I stepped away from the stove for a moment to gather myself. The pinto beans I was making could wait, and if there’s one thing I learned from watching Soleil cook, it’s that food should only be cooked from a place of love and [...]

Getting virtual with one’s farmers market

Though many might say half the fun of a farmers market is getting to see, touch, and sometimes even sample the fresh produce, fruit, and other food available, sometimes getting to the market just isn’t convenient. Since The Internets can fix everything else, why shouldn’t it be able to fix this issue, too? I explore [...]

The Edible Movie: Soul Food Junkies

Fried chicken? Collard greens? Corn bread? Yams? Yes, please. Sure, I know it would be healthier to have a salad, but every now and then I have to get my soul food fix. I’ve always been aware that some of the most traditional soul food dishes are made from ingredients that could generally be bought [...]

Dining alone

I have always loved dining alone. You can order whatever you want. No one else wants to share, no one else will judge, no one else will even pay you mind. Except for your waitress or waiter, who will, on occasion, stop before writing down your request, pause for a beat, and say, “Wow. That [...]

Eat something scary in 2013

It’s resolution season, folks! Time to get out your Moleskine and make lists of all the things you swear you won’t do in 2013…or, well, at least not before February 10. When it comes to food-related resolutions, the possibilities are endless. I resolve to cook complicated things! I resolve to participate in Meatless Monday! I [...]

The Edible Movie: Best Picture Dinners

Though I know I promised I’d profile a movie each month as part of my The Edible Movie series, I’m going to already take a time out from that structure to tell you about something slightly different. Yeah, I know. I’m The Inadvertent Gardener, and I breed inconsistency. But I want to invite you to [...]