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Leek and Celery Root Soup

Celery root is a glorious and seriously under-appreciated fall vegetable.  I rarely see them available in groceries, and they are scarce even at the farmers’ market.  Also known as celeriac, this homely root vegetable has a surprisingly mellow and complex flavor that will remind you of celery crossed with herbal and earthy notes.  Because I […]

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Slow Cooker Curried Tomato Soup

Fall doesn’t officially start until the end of the month, but our garden is already making the transition.  The cucumbers stopped producing after a cold snap last week, and the tomatoes are soon going to be good only for green tomato chutney.  Last week I cleared some beds and planted garlic, kale, and shallots to […]

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Easy Duck Carnitas Recipe with Quick Pickled Onions

Easy Duck Carnitas, Plus a Giveaway

If you crave the meltingly-tender meat with crispy edges that you get with classic pork carnitas, you are going to love this easy recipe for duck carnitas.  This is my one-pot method that braises the meat until it is falling apart and then crisps up the skin and edges to give you some crunchy texture.  […]

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Fresh Herb Soup

Every summer my tarragon plant gets quickly out of control, growing to at least four feet tall and taking over a good third of our large herb bed.  I do a lot of things to try to keep it in check–pesto, tarragon salt, tarragon chicken, etc.–but sooner or later it has to be somewhat aggressively […]

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Whole30: The Wrap Up

Yesterday was our last day of the challenge, so we spent a little bit of time discussing the results.  I noticed a pretty immediate and dramatic improvement in my allergies, which I attribute to once again getting completely off of gluten.  Harrison didn’t notice many changes.  Having said that, the Whole30 protocol isn’t that different […]

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Whole30: Days 27-29

OK, first, an admission:  when we went out for dinner on Friday night our celebratory mood overcame our willpower and we broke the no-alcohol rule–so our Whole30 was thusly tainted.  But note that we really, really enjoyed that wine.  And, we got back on track the next day.  Saturday was our first pick-up of the […]

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