Archive for June, 2010

Basil, yellow squash, and green beans mean it’s summertime in my kitchen.

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Next Thursday, June 17, Marcus Samuelsson will give a step-by-step demonstration and sign books at Macy’s North Point Mall in Alpharetta. His latest cookbook NEW AMERICAN TABLE was named  “Best Overall Cookbook” by Epicurious.com. You also may have seen him on Bravo’s current season of Top Chef Masters. Lucy’s a big fan, so she and I are making the trek next Thursday. If you’re in that neck of the woods, let us know if you’re coming and we can meet up.

Here are the details:


Chef Marcus Samuelsson will give a free lesson in new American cuisine inspired by the recipes from his latest cookbook, NEW AMERICAN TABLE. Following his cooking demo, Marcus will be available to meet customers and sign copies of his cookbook, which will be available for purchase the day of the event.

Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden and his international background continues to influence his cooking. When he arrived in the U.S., Marcus made his mark at restaurants such as Aquavit.  His impressive list of awards and accolades includes three awards from the James Beard Foundation.


The event is free. Seating is limited. Please call 1.888.MacysNY to reserve a space. For more information, visit www.macys.com/culinarycouncil.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

6:30 PM


Macy’s at North Point Mall

1000 North Point Circle

Alpharetta, GA 30022-4853


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Got flies?

We have our first fruit flies of the season, so I laid out a couple of the fruit fly traps that worked so well for us last year.

Here are some other trap ideas from Instructables.com.

And this fruit fly article just has the best title: Time flies like the wind — but fruit flies like bananas.

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Saturday 5/29, I went to the opening of Farmers’ Fresh indoor market. It’s in downtown Carrollton just off the square and is open four days a week:

  • Tuesdays 10-6
  • Thursdays 10-2
  • Fridays 10-6
  • Saturdays 8-2

The market has beautiful, fresh, local produce… (more…)

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Last week, I planned to sauté some oyster mushrooms with green garlic and onion…

along with Fran’s newly discovered combination of lovage, fennel, and parsley flowers.


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Hey, look – I made goat cheese!

I followed this recipe from Gourmet Sleuth, paraphrased here. (more…)

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Last Saturday I went to the Cotton Mill Farmers’ Market in downtown Carrollton. It wasn’t very busy because of the holiday weekend, so even though I was late I still got some nice stuff.


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Here’s this week’s haul.

  • ground beef
  • Chinese cabbage

I’ve got a back log in my fridge, so the beef’s going in the freezer for future deliciousness. Unless we make cabbage wraps with the Chinese cabbage and need some spicy beef to go inside. Hmmm…

  • garlic scapes
  • corn grits
  • summer squash!

I’m going to have a garlic pesto competition between these scapes and some green garlic I picked up at the Cotton Mill Farmers’ Market in Carrollton last Saturday. Who will be the big winner? Chris, who loves all things garlic. (more…)

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