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Yes, it’s true. This is a vegetarian recipe… although it’d be good with some bacon. I have a fondness for unusual vegetables, and odd roots most of all. Many of my favorite oddities are in this simple ragout: Hamburg parsley, crosnes, salsify and hopniss.
Cardoons are an old relative of the artichoke, tasting like a mash-up of artichoke hearts, celery and endive. They can be tricky to work with, so when I found a recipe for cardoon risotto I had to try it.
This is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever made: Jalapenos, fire-roasted, then smoked, then preserved with a little vinegar and oil. Put that on a taco and you will absolutely not be sorry!
This is my favorite way to eat zucchini: It’s an old Sicilian method where you dry the zukes and then saute them with oil, chile and mint. I grow zucchini almost solely for this recipe.
Not everything on this site needs to be exotic. Sometimes you want a simple, easy dish you can make on a Tuesday night after work. This is one of those recipes. Salmon and avocado are naturals together, and this salsa is basically a deconstructed guacamole.
One look at a garden will tell you something about the mind of the gardener. A well-tended garden is a symbol of stability, and of peace. A weedy one betrays neglect or indifference. Now, after a long time fallow, my garden is full of seedlings.
Salmon and sorrel sauce is a French classic, a harbinger of spring. This is my updated, albeit fancy version, done with steelhead trout from the American River. Getting the fish cooked perfectly is pretty easy with this method. It’s the sorrel sauce that’s tricky.
I have a thing for odd garden vegetables, especially roots and tubers. Meet Stachys Affinis, the crosnes or Chinese artichoke. Looks like a grub, tastes like water chestnut. Cool.
We’re heading into Tuber Time, and one of my favorites are jerusalem artichokes, which are native to North America. Although these tubers will keep for months in the fridge, the best way to preserve them long-term is to pickle them. I’ve been making this recipe for years, and I am pretty proud of it.
There are a million recipes for pumpkin or squash soup on the Internet, but I’d like to think mine is a little different — thanks to bacon and creme fraiche. You stew the squash with diced bacon, then puree everything. It’s made of win.