This plate of food looks better than it tastes. It’s a work in progress. Here’s the process I go through to create new dishes.
A rich, Italian risotto made with chanterelle mushrooms and sweet corn. Simple, yet elegant.
When I had Chef April Bloomfield’s ricotta gnudi in New York at the James Beard Awards, and I had to recreate them, only with my own twist: A sauce of ramps and fresh porcini I found in the High Sierra.
Fiddleheads are in season in the East and Pacific Northwest, and these crunchy, pretty looking shoots are one of the hallmarks of springtime. They’re featured here in a simple Asian stir fry with wild boar backstrap.
A recipe for a juniper wild ale with pine needles that I call Junipine. It’s a red ale fermented with the yeast on the juniper berries.
Fried mussels done Greek style, with Mediterranean spices in the flour and served with garlicky skordalia dipping sauce.
It should be obvious by now how much I love spring onions in all their forms. This light, lovely Italian rice dish highlights whatever wild or store-bought green onion you have on hand, spiked with fresh spring green herbs.
An Italian classic. Squash gnocchi tossed with butter and sage, and, in this case, with wild mushrooms.