Pink Lemons

30 Jan

I have a new daily habit of awakening 15 minutes earlier to enjoy the quiet over a glass of warm water with lemon juice in advance of coffee, breakfast, and the day’s rush. A dear friend taught me this simple trick, espousing the   [. . .]

Niboshi Dashi (fish stock)

28 Jan

Niboshi Dashi is a dried sardine fish stock, the base for so many Japanese and Korean soups. Sardines are super high in calcium and off the charts in Vitamin B12. This fish stock can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and use   [. . .]

The Coffee Ritual

26 Jan

I fall asleep at night dreaming about my morning ritual, that single perfect black cup of coffee. Sunday mornings allow for a slower drip method using a French vintage enamelware “cafetiere” or coffee pot. There are three sep   [. . .]

A Pampelmousse Trifecta

20 Jan

Pampelmousse is the french word for grapefruit (and so much more fun to say, right!?)  Nothing brightens like citrus in winter . . . but just say the word “grapefruit” and the mouth puckers in anticipation of that tart ting   [. . .]

“Crumbs” is baaack!!

16 Jan

Miette is french for crumb. No better way to celebrate the return of “Following Breadcrumbs” than with a Miette bakery cupcake, n’est ce pas!? It’s the little things that count . . . Enjoy the 3-day holiday!  

Tandoori Masala

14 Jan

Tandoori seasoning is readily available at most grocery stores.  I made my own, adding colorful turmeric and fragrant garam masala for this Tandoori Masala.   Tandoori Masala Powder 7 TBSP ground cumin 5 TBSP ground coriander 2 TBSP   [. . .]

An Octopus Encounter

13 Jan

My local fishmonger stocks these nearly 2 lb. octopuses on a rotating basis.  Every so often, I timidly ask “Is that octopus popular?” or “Have you ever cooked one?”  I recently decided I better dive in and p   [. . .]

Shuckin’ Hand-Raised Hogs!

9 Jan

I took a road trip with my youngest son this summer to shuck and suck the illustrious hogs of Tamales Bay, a 15 mile long narrow inlet of heaven & salt. Grey fog blankets, green brackish waters and tarnished silver oysters create a   [. . .]

Stinging nettles in winter, really!?

7 Jan

  Stinging nettles really do sting. They pop up in the spring like forest weeds with tiny hooked daggers. Handle them with gloves and the minute you drop them in boiling water or a food processor, their barbs will soften and bend, eas   [. . .]

A brand spankin’ New Year!

6 Jan

Every new year offers up the chance to start anew.  I’ve been excitedly chomping at the bit to reinvigorate my blog and the timing couldn’t be better.  Are you ready to go foraging and lots more of it!!??  To the hills we    [. . .]
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