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Cattail pollen is one of the great zephyrs of the natural world: One day it’s here, the next, dried up and blown to the four winds. I finally caught it at the right moment this year, and finally got to make a dish I’ve been wanting to make for years: Cattail pollen pasta.
Fish meatballs! What’s not to love? This is a German version, doable with pretty much any fish that swims, and it’s served with a bright, herby green sauce that is traditional in Hesse. Remember the Hessians from the War of Independence? That’s them.
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.
Chimichurri is one of the best sauces for warm weather: It’s an herby, garlicky, tangy sauce usually served with beef. Here I am using wild mountain pennyroyal and serving the chimichurri over venison.
Wild ginger has been used as a food plant in North America for eons, but it also happens to contain a substance that can cause kidney failure. I review the science on the matter.
Even the question is a little ridiculous: What do you do with too much borage? Most people barely even know that borage exists, let alone that a) it is edible and b) what you might do to highlight its flavor. Borage arrived in my garden five years ago when I planted it not to eat, […]
I made braised rabbit last night, and it was good. But the dish was also something more: I made it up. No cookbook involved, although I did get a little help from a very different kind of book that offers was a new (at least to me) way to look at food that is changing the way I […]
Skewered venison is about as old school as it gets. Whatever humans were before they were fully human realized shortly after mastering fire that sticking the meat of whatever deer were before they were fully deer onto a stick and roasting it was pretty darm tasty. Some things don’t change. I file this recipe under […]