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Updated: 2018-03-09T18:09:46.784-05:00


Rhubarb - Black and White Wednesday #142


For Cinzia's Black and White Wednesday #142, the weekly gallery of culinary images in glorious shades of grey scale. Ci's gallery will be online later tonight Rome time. For easy details on joining or hosting, you can check out the guidelines here.(image)

Black and White Wednesday - The Gallery #141


Finally!  After Blogger threw me a nasty little curve ball last night, challenging my tech chops as well as my sanity, I am pleased to present a belated Black and White Wednesday - Gallery #141.  While all editions enjoy a unique and talented collection of perspectives and styles, this one is impressively diverse and was particularly pleasurable to assemble despite Blogger's best efforts to beat me.  Don't ask me what I did right; I couldn't tell you.  Nor can I tell you how these pretty photographs were made.  Part of the joy of photography is in the mysteries of the creative mind.Thank to all who have shared their special work and equal thanks for your patience.  Hats off to Cinzia of Cindystar for keeping BWW on the hob!  Ci herself will be hosting next week's Gallery #142.   I'll be there if Nikon doesn't thumb its nose at me. ; )Peach Tart by Simona of Briciole~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Seat Yourself, Honey by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Figs by Shri of Tiffen Carrier Antic/que's!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Soul Cakes from Lovely by Lauren Hairston~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Elegantly Vintage by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Spaghetti 1 by Soma of eCurry~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Spaghetti 2 by Soma of eCurry~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Egg and Mint by Sudha of Spicy, Quirky & Serendipty~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sprouted Beans by Aparna of Stories from the Mahe Coast~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ancient Cooking in Rome by Cinzia of Cindystar~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Farmstand Baby Dumpling Pumpkins by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook [...]

Baby Dumpling Pumpkins at Farmstand - Black and White Wednesday # 141


Another season is coming, and another season of Black and White Wednesday is already here!

I'm happy to be kicking off Cinzia's weekly culinary gallery today.  There is still plenty of time to send me your BWW shots (see link above for easy details).  The gallery will be online late tonight New York time.

Thanks to all who have already joined in.

See you later!


Kulfi Molds - Black and White Wednesday


What is it about dessert molds?  Be they for charlottes, savarins, madeleines, bundts, or chocolates, their angles and curves are not merely enhancements for the delectables they shape, but are design elements unto themselves.

These aluminum kulfi molds are no exception.  A staple of Indian culinary culture, kulfi is a uniquely rich and dense frozen treat, a magic of condensed milk flavored with exotics such as rose, saffron, cardamom, or pistachio.  Without the fuss of traditional churning, a batch of kulfi is simply poured into individual-serving molds and set in the freezer to cure.

I tip my conical hat to the beguiling genius of this luxurious confection.

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday #140 hosted today by Aparna of Stories from the Mahe Coast.

Black and White Wednesday, the weekly gallery for colorfully colorless food, will return from summer hiatus on September 3.  Do stop by Cindystar, where Cinzia has all the details on how to participate or host this fun event.  Although Cinzia doesn't know it yet, I am re-upping to host September 3.  ; )


Black and White Wednesday #138 - The Gallery


Good evening and welcome to Black and White Wednesday #138. Tonight's gallery was a particularly pleasurable assortment of photographs . We've covered everything from books, bread, and a boat to pasta, pastry, plants, pots, and a portrait.  I hope you enjoy the feast as much as I do.Thanks to Cinzia of Cindystar, head hostess for this event, and to all those who have joined in. Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu is currently accepting your contributions for BWW # 139 to be published next Wednesday.See you soon!On the Shelf by Cinzia of Cindystar~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Latest Pasta Adventure by Simona of Briciole~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Get Funky by Sra of When My Soup Came Alive~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Baked with Love by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Coffee Beans from Coorg by Aparna of Stories from the Mahe Coast~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chef's Smile by Siri of Cooking with Siri~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Demise of the Shrimp Boat Dammit by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Curry Leaf Plants by Usha of Sizzling Indian Recipes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kouign Amann by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook [...]

Kouign Amann - Black and White Wednesday # 138


Although these buttery Breton pastry parcels failed to rise to the occasion of baking, their angled folds and crisply pleated cups earned them photogenic redemption.  

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday #138, Cinzia's weekly gallery for those who fancy food photos in every shade of gray.  I am hosting the honors today, welcoming your shots until 5:00 pm New York time (thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com).  I will have the gallery online later tonight.  

Thanks to all who have joined in thus far.  I'll see you later tonight. ~


Pistachio Shells - Black and White Wednesday #137


Pistachio Shells, Terracotta, and Wood

They were good.

My quick and dirty VSCO contribution to Black and White Wednesday # 137, hosted today by Simona of Briciole for Cinzia of Cindystar.

Do stop by Briciole later today for Simona's gallery, a weekly presentation of food photography for those like to dial down the color.

My Legume Love Affair #72 - The Round-Up


Welcome to My Legume Love Affair #72 where you will find an impossibly appetizing assortment of legume-centric recipes.  It's been great fun hosting again after many months since I passed the baton to Lisa of Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen.  Thanks to Lisa and everyone else who participated in setting June's table.  Dining with you, as always, is a delight.Food for 7 Stages of Life is hosting the currrent MLLA #73.  There is a particularly special giveaway (perfect for summertime) awaiting one very lucky joiner.  The monthly Hurst Bean and my own sponsored prizes will be drawn for as usual.And congratulations to Usha of My Spicy Kitchen for winning the June drawing!  (Lisa and I will be in touch, Usha, to sort out the delivery details of the prizes.)See you all soon!Authentic Pappucharu by Sra - When My Soup Came Alive~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Soya, Chickpeas and Spinach Curry by Linsy - Home Cook Food~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Salsa Chickpea Tacos by Janet - The Taste Space~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Aloo Gobi with Chickpeas by Lisa - Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tuscan White Bean Salad by Elizabeth - Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Vegan Jamaican Pattie Pie - Shaheen - A2K - A Seasonal Table~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pav Bhaffi by Ree ~ Delectable Flavours~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Soya Bean Gravy by Ree ~ Delectable Flavors~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Butter Beans Gravy by Ree - Delectable Flavours~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Khatta Dhokla by Lata - Flavours and Tastes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Soppina Huli by Aparna - Stories from the Mahe Coast~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Pea, Feta and Sesame Fritters by Terry - Crumpets & Co~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Peanut Panettone Buns by Cinzia - Cindystar~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lentil, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad by Usha - My Spicy Kitchen~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Microwave Roasted Spicy Peanuts by Usha of My Spicy Kitchen~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lentil, Fava Bean and Jicama Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette by Susan - The Well-Seasoned Cook [...]

Lentil, Fava Bean and Jicama Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette - My Legume Love Affair #72


It's summertime. For those cooks who are attempting to opt out of their hot kitchens for as many meals as possible, this recipe will come to the rescue. It requires only ten minutes at the burners, the time it takes to boil water and blanch some beans in it.  The rest is a quick chop job at the cutting board, and a pour of oil and vinegar.Although fava beans can be conveniently added from a can, it is worth the finger fiddling to prepare the fresh, bright green ones directly from their pods.  The zipping, plucking, and pinching ritual is quite therapeutic, akin to snapping a sheet of bubble wrap, but without the guilty shame of admitting you are either stuck in your tenth year or having a really bad day. You can serve this salad as a side dish to an omelette or grilled meat, but that would defeat its purpose. They don't call it slaving over a hot stove for nothing. ~Lentil, Fava Bean and Jicama Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette - My own recipe Makes 4 filling, fiber-rich, complete-protein servings.Ingredients5 cups water2 cups dried sprouted lentils (or other lentils that cook particularly quickly and retain their shape)4 cups water20 large, fresh fava bean pods1 tablespoon flavorless oil (such as canola)1 medium jicama, peeled and diced (or other crisp ingredient, such as celery)1 cup shredded carrots1 cup walnut pieces1/3 cup minced red onion3 tablespoons walnut oil (or olive oil)8 tablespoons champagne or apple cider vinegarSalt and pepper to tasteMethodIn a medium saucepan, bring 5 cups water to boil. In another medium saucepan, bring the other 4 cups water to boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Add lentils to first saucepan. (My sprouted lentils were al dente in 6 minutes.) Meantime, bend or press open stem end of bean pods to reveal thin string that runs length of pods.  Pull each string down to end of pod. Place a thumb in stem end and zip it down pod to open it.  Pluck out each bean in succession, collecting them in a bowl. Discard the pods and strings. Increase heat to boil simmering water in second saucepan. Tip beans in and boil for 5-7 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse them in cold water. The beans will be heavily wrinkled. Remove cooked lentils from heat, draining if necessary.Tip into a large serving bowl. Stir in flavorless oil to prevent sticking and drying. Set aside.Gently nick open each wrinkled fava shell with a tiny pinch at the smaller end. The shell will be very fragile, as will the bean inside. Pinch the opposite side of the shell to slip the bean out. Add each bean directly to the lentils, assembly-line style. You will develop an easy rhythm.Add jicama, carrots, and walnuts to bowl, mixing gently to avoid breaking fava beans. Whisk red onion with oil and vinegar.  Pour dressing on salad. Add salt and pepper to taste.  For a touch of sweetness, you can add a handful of dried cranberries; for dairy, spoonfuls of soft goat cheese would be a twangy, musky complement.This recipe is for My Legume Love Affair #72, which is being hosted by me for the month of June.  I will have the round-up online in a few days, including the announcement of the prize winner/s. Special thanks to Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen for keeping MLLA going for all these months since I officially retired from the event. And thanks, of course, to all of you who have joined in not only for this month, but for all the years since 2008. As time has told, I am not the only one who loves legumes.See you again in a few days! [...]

And the Winner Is...


Best Wishes to R. Dutta, winner of random drawing for Lora Krulak's Veggies for Carnivores - Moving Vegetables to the Center of the Plate.  I will be be contacting Ms. or Mr. Dutta to arrange for delivery of this very delicious cookbook.

Thanks to all who joined in.

I will be back soon with more recipes, reviews, or giveaways in the following weeks. ~~(image)

Cocktail Tomatoes on the Vine - Black and White Wednesday #132


My sepia-toned contribution to Cinzia's Black and White Wednesday, the long-running weekly gallery for fans of virtually color-free culinary photography.

Click on the link above to find out how you can join in, either as a participant or a host. ~~(image)



My blogging days were in their infancy. It was before everyone got addicted to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Most bloggers were focused on blogging and developing their styles and readerships, some by design, and some by serendipity. My Legume Love Affair (now run by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen) was my serendipity.  For several months, I'd been banging out posts as participant or guest host for other bloggers' events.  It was entertaining, exciting, and enriching in those special ways that discovery of the novel often are.  But I was soon ready again for something different, something to test my creativity, courage, and commitment.  I wanted to develop my own event with its own theme.All my brainstorming had settled on a niche group of ingredients which I knew was often considered a poor stepchild on the food chain: the legume.  The but of many a bean joke, legumes are as old as agriculture. In their 12,000-year-old history, thousands of varieties of legumes have been cultivated, along with countless ways to prepare and enjoy them.Let me try to count the ways.  Since the very first My Legume Love Affair launched in January 2008, thousands of recipes have been welcomed, featured, and archived, all reflecting the finest diversity of delicious diets. Now in its seventy-second edition, I am very happy to announce that My Legume Love Affair is back when it all began, here at The Well-Seasoned Cook.  Thanks to dearest Lisa for carrying on MLLA with the talent, hospitality, and energy only matched by all of you who have served up your wonderful dishes throughout the years.I'm feeling rather nostalgic now.  Do send your recipes to me this month to feed that feeling. ~~Paraphrasing Lisa's words, here are the details for participation:For your dish to be included in the roundup, it must contain more than just a few tablespoons of legumes. The slight exception to this are legumes such as fenugreek or tamarind that typically are used in smaller quantities. Fresh or dried beans, lentils, pulses, and the sometimes edible pods that contain these seeds, and derivative products such as tofu or besan, along with tamarind, fenugreek, carob, and peanuts are all acceptable. The possibilities are endless. Just ensure that your shining ingredient is in fact a member of the legume family. All types of cuisines and courses are welcome, so long as the mighty legume is the key ingredient and the recipe is vegetarian or vegan.All you need to do is post your legume-centric dish, linking to Lisa's MLLA page, along with a link to this announcement. Email me (thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com) with your name, blog name, recipe title, and picture (500 pixels wide) of your dish, along with a link to your posted recipe. Use of the logo is optional. Your location must be included in your email for prize eligibility purposes and won't be published. The winner or winners (to be announced in the round-up first week of July) will be contacted via email. Prize information:Hurst Beans is the sponsor of their prize to US residents for a 6-pack assortment of products by the N.K. Hurst Company.  In addition, I am sponsoring my own prize each month that I will ship worldwide at own expense. This month's prize is a set of bowl scrapers.  The prizes are awarded through random drawing/s. If the winner is a resident of the US, she/he will win both the Hurst Bean Prize and my offering - otherwise a second drawing will take place for the Hurst prize from the pool of US residents. *Note: my immediate family and friends are ineligible to win a prize. Links to Amazon are for non-commercial purposes and intended as prize descriptions. Neither I nor Lisa are receiving monetary[...]

Pu-erh Chinese Brick Tea for Black and White Wednesday #131


Never heard of Pu-erh Chinese Brick Tea?  Neither had I until I was approached by Teavivre with a sampling of a variety of esoteric and enchanting Chinese teas to discuss here.  While that review will be forthcoming in a few weeks (to include a giveaway) I couldn't resist shooting and sharing these small, twist-wrapped parcels for Simona's hosting of Black and White Wednesday #131.  Black and White Wednesday is Cinzia's long-running weekly gallery featuring culinary photography for those with a fondness for images free from color.

Simona will have her gallery on line later today.  Do stop by for a look and consider joining in as a participant and/or host.  It is an easy and fun gig.


Green and Yellow Summer Squash Carpaccio Salad - A Review and Giveaway of Veggies for Carnivores


Zucchini Carpaccio with Baby Arugula and Spicy Globe Basil.Lora Krulak, the lifestyle author of the vibrantly healthy cookbook, Veggies for Carnivores, Moving Vegetables to the Center of the Plate (Changing Lives Press) is blessed with an effervescence one would think is only available through the popping of a pill.  But Lora's energy is the creative combustion of what she prepares in the kitchen through recipes that are as innovative as they are simple.  I highly recommend her Zucchini Carpaccio. It has repeatedly dazzled me with its colorful presentation and flavors.  It makes an elegant appetizer when plated, but can also be piled high in a salad bowl for casual dining.               A world traveler, Lora spent some time with me to discuss her culinary style, why it works for her, and how it can work for you, too, even if you are a meat eater.  (Details on the giveaway are below.)Q:  Why Veggies for Carnivores?  What is the concept, and what are your goals in sharing the recipes you have developed in this cookbook?   Are you a carnivore who eats veggies?  What is a typical daily menu for you?A: The goal behind Veggies for Carnivores is to show readers how to flip their vegetable ratio. I illustrate how vegetable-centric meals don't have to focus on tofu or beans and can be delicious - beautiful meals that can either complement a "carnivore's creation" or easily stand on their own. I'd also like to teach my readers how to use the recipes as starting points for their own creations, to learn techniques allowing them to incorporate more vegetables into their daily routines.Regarding my own eating habits, I'm a vegetarian, mostly. I do eat fish and sometimes eat sheep or goat cheese. I can go weeks without eating any animal protein and not really notice.I'm a creature of habit and will go through phases with foods. I'll find something I like to eat and will have to eat it every day. I recently went through a hummus phase and I'm pretty sure I ate it for lunch, snack and dinner every day for six months.On a typical day for me is a breakfast of avocado, lacuma powder and dried mulberries, but I always have my green juice first. Lunch normally is a salad of some sort, and dinner is a vegetable and perhaps grilled fish or a roasted squash. Sometimes it's just soup and salad. My weakness lately is frozen yogurt. I like to make it myself, which is easy to do in a Vitamix.Q: Tell me about your background. You have a degree from Parsons. You've mentioned that it has been very helpful in getting you to the place you are today. How have you applied your formal education to the career path you have now chosen?A: You wouldn't think a BFA would have much to do with cooking or nutrition, but to me it's been the most useful training. I studied graphic design so I was trained to think in layers and in 2D. A professor at Parsons once taught me that if you limit yourself to two typefaces and only use those two with no other elements, you'll be able to design anything. I did that for 6 months. So when I was faced with food intolerances and began to re-create recipes, I applied that principle to cooking. I call it "creating in a small box." I actually approach everything that way. I find it easier to be more creative when I limit ingredients or choices. Anyone can create a masterpiece if given everything. Creating one with almost nothing makes cooking and eating more fun, don't you think?Q: You have mentioned food intolerances. Which ones do you suffer from? What suggestions could you offer to those who do about making wise decisions to accommodate their own particular dietary requirements?A: I[...]

Black and White Wednesday #128 - The Gallery


Welcome to Black and White Wednesday #128, the long-running gallery of monochrome photographs of all things food.It's been nearly eighteen months since charming Cinzia of Cindystar assumed the ultimate hostess role in her administration of these weekly presentations.   I know I speak for everyone in thanking her for her time and effort in seamlessly managing the banquets.  In fact, Ci will be hosting next week's BWW; here are all the details you need to join in as a participant and/or future host. And I thank you for sharing your talents here tonight.   It is always a pleasure to see you and what you have created for this very special table.  Turmeric and Chia Seed Smoothie - Sudha of Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fresh Jackfruit Curry - Sanhita of Pocketfull of Spices~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Roll Out the Cookies - Aparna of Stories from the Mahe Coast~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Four Eggs - Haalo of Cook Almost Anything~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Would You Care to Join Me? - Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Crane Fly on Parsley - Simona of Briciole~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Strawberries and Meringues - Cinzia of Cindystar~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Greek Gyros - Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook [...]

Greek Gyros - Black and White Wednesday #128


Here is my sepia-tinted contribution for Black and White Wednesday, Cinzia's weekly culinary gallery of photos dedicated to all clicks without the usual color.  I am very pleased to be hosting today's presentation and will happily welcome your photographs until 6:00 p.m. New York time for inclusion in my post later in the evening.  The history of the gallery and easy details to join in are provided in the link above.

Thanks to those who have already sent me their lovely photographs.

See you later!


The Bendix Diner for Black and White Wednesday


Built in 1947, the Bendix Diner is one of the last of the old school eateries in New Jersey.  May it enjoy its reign at least until 2047, before the inevitable urge to upgrade its Art Deco design into yet another strangely ostentatious palace of sterile stone and grand staircases.

This shot is for the lovely Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu who is hosting Black and White Wednesday #126, the weekly culinary gallery of monochrome photography presided over by charming Cinzia of Cindystar.

Participation and/or hosting BWW are very easy and do not require a great deal of time investment.  If you've got the shot, Cinzia has the venue.  All details are a click away at the link above.


Weekend Herb Blogging #425 - The Round-Up


Welcome to Weekend Herb Blogging #425.I am happy to present an intriguing assortment of recipes that either feature novel ingredients or novel uses of ingredients. All will peek your interest and prompt your appetites. Thanks to Haalo of Cook Almost Anything for continuing to keep WHB's burners glowing (or on the hob, as she might say).  Haalo's Italian edition of WHB appears here for your reading pleasure.Thanks to all who shared their delicious, creative recipes this week.  I know I want to load up my plate with something from everyone.Lucia of Torta di Rose is currently hosting WHB #426.  Raw Broccoli Stalk Pesto with Walnuts - Cristina - La Cucina di Cristina~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Broccoli and Salmon Patties - Terry - Crumpets and Co.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sea Vegetable Salad - Haalo - Cook Almost Anything~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sklandrausis-Inspired Vegetable Tart - Simona - Briciole~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Artichoke and Garlic Semolina Casserole - Susan - The Well-Seasoned Cook~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  [...]

Artichoke and Garlic Semolina Casserole for Weekend Herb Blogging #425


The Sunday-afternoon plan was to prepare Roman semolina gnocchi, but the perils of an untried recipe got the better of me.  The dough, far too moist, refused to set as it cooled, rendering it recalcitrant to cutting into charming circles or squares to layer in a casserole.A quick try to save the porridge by fashioning it into quenelles meant to bob buoyantly in a pot of broth produced excellent flavor but with all the appeal of waters muddied by a fish feeding frenzy.When mush fails to take any sort of shape whatsoever, it is best to close the oven door on it and hope for the best.So I did.  An hour's bake produced a golden-crusted, spoon-able pudding, denser than a soufflé but lighter than a terrine.  I was not complaining.  It made an excellent accompaniment to eggs fried in olive oil, balanced by a bracing arugula salad with a simple splash of red wine vinegar.I didn't get what I wanted, but I did get what I needed. Artichoke and Garlic Semolina Casserole - My Own RecipeServes 4.Ingredients4 cups milk, divided into 2 cups each (I used 2% fat)2 tablespoons olive oil1 can artichoke bottoms (7-9 count), drained and rinsed to freshen. (Do not use artichoke hearts; they are too tough.)2 large eggs1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic 2 teaspoons salt1/4 teaspoon white pepper1 cup Parmesan, divided into 1/2 cups1 1/2 cups semolina flour  MethodPre-heat oven to 400° F.In a large saucepan over low heat, bring 2 cups of the milk and olive oil to barely a simmer. While the liquid is reaching its temperature, whip the remaining 2 cups milk with the artichoke bottoms, eggs, garlic and 1/2 cup Parmesan in a blender until it's smooth. (Keep in mind that the artichoke bottoms with provide some fibrous texture, so your mixture will not be quite as smooth as custard.) When milk and olive oil are steaming and vibrant with tiny pre-boil bubbles, quickly but evenly whisk in semolina flour. It will almost immediately thicken the mixture to a loose paste. Remove from heat and whisk in contents of blender, beating vigorously to smooth any egregious lumps. Return to moderate heat, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken more but still be fluid. Pour mixture into un-greased 8-cup, oven-proof casserole. Place on middle rack of oven and bake for 30 minutes. Open oven door and slide rack out enough to carefully cover casserole with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Serve immediately, very hot from oven.This is my contribution to Haalo's Weekend Herb Blogging #425 which I am hosting in English this week.Thanks to everyone who joined in.  I will have the round-up online early afternoon tomorrow, Monday, March 23, New York time. Lucia of Torta di Rose will be hosting next week's WHB #426. [...]

Black and White Wednesday #120


Welcome to Black and White Wednesday, Cinzia of Cindystar's weekly gallery of food photos for those who enjoy the unique visual discoveries of textures, highlights, and shadows when we put the brakes on the color wheel.Thanks to Ci for her gracious administration of this long-running event, and to all those who have joined in with their special work. If you would like to participate and/or host a future gallery, you can click on the link above for the very easy details.  Deepali of Lemon in Ginger is hosting BWW #121.  She is now welcoming your submissions for her gallery on Wednesday, March 19.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Moong Dal Sprouts by Sreevali of Ammaji Recipes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dragon Fruit by Aparna of Stories from the Mahe Coast~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A Basket Full of Celeriac by Simona of Briciole~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Egg Muffins by Sanhita of Pocket Full of Spices~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Taste 2014 in Florence by Cinzia of Cindystar~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lentils and Opinions by Sudha of Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oatman Wild Burro by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Burro Food by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Me & My Cute Apron by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~White Peppercorns in Olive Wood by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook [...]

Variegated Lemons for BWW #114


Yes, Virginia, there are striped lemons with pure pink flesh.  Alas, you will not find the pink here.

This is for Simona, hosting BWW #114 for Cinzia of Cindystar.  See all the B/W culinary images this Wednesday on Briciole. They are food and related images for thought in a world removed of chaotic color.

Black and White Wednesday #113 - The Gallery


Welcome to Black and White Wednesday. It gives me great pleasure to present today's gallery of lovely food-friendly photographs. Thanks to all who have contributed this week.  I will be happy to add any latecomer entries. Cinzia of Cindystar, mistress of this event, has all the details on how you can participate and/or host.  Simona of Briciole will be hosting next week's gallery #114.Wishing you the warmth of cocoa in winter or the chill of a Popsicle in summer.  ~ Until soon.~~~~~~~~~~Fruits and Veggies in Delhi by Cinzia of Cindystar~~~~~~~~~~~Seen Better Days by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu~~~~~~~~~~Deadly Potion by Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu~~~~~~~~~~Blood Orange by Haalo of Cook Almost Anything~~~~~~~~~~~Meditating While Making Gnocchetti by Simona of Briciole~~~~~~~~~~Gathering Gnocchetti for Transfer to the Cooking Pot by Simona of Briciole~~~~~~~~~~ Cauliflower and Star Anise by Rinku of Cooking in Westchester~~~~~~~~~~Vineyard Tag by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums~~~~~~~~~~ Spicy Cluster Beans Stir Fry by Usha of Sizzling Indian Recipes~~~~~~~~~~A Slice of Still Life - Dried Persimmon by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook [...]

Dried Persimmon for BWW #113


A Slice of Still LifeBlack and White Wednesday, Cinzia's long-running weekly gallery of all-things-food photography in black and white, is being hosted here by me, tomorrow January 22.  There is still plenty of time to join this fun and funky event.  The guidelines are quite painless:* Create a blog post featuring at least one black and white, sepia, or cyanotype culinary photograph. The image/s can be of anything related to the eating life (ingredients or plated meals, restaurants, equipment, farmstands, tablesettings - you name it). There is no recipe requirement, but please do link to Cindystar, Cinzia's blog, as well as this announcement. * Your image files should be resized to 500 x 700 pixels, either orientation, and bear a title of your choosing for each one.  Send them on to me at thewellseasonedcook AT yahoo DOT com along with your NAME, BLOG NAME, and POST URL.I will be publishing the gallery late tomorrow night New York time, so latecomers at zero hour are welcome.Thanks to all who have already sent me their contributions.  I will be blog hopping over the next hours to leave formal comments.  Special thanks to Ci for graciously keeping the torch lit for this event, and allowing me the opportunity to guest host the child I put up for adoption. See you soon! [...]

Holiday Stars - Black and White Wednesday # 110


For Cinzia's Black and White Wednesday #110.  This is the last BWW until January.  Details can be found here for future participation and host opportunities. ~ (image)