The Prettiest Peppers

Missoula’s Clark Fork Market has ended, but its colors live on. I spent last Sunday in the kitchen, keeping warm beside the stove as I turned the season’s last goodies into batches of soup, sauce and stew. Unfortunately, I couldn’t smell much—I’ve been fighting a cold that continues to linger. But the cooking itself seemed…Continue readingThe Prettiest Peppers

Food Photography: Notes from the Kitchen Studio

A number of readers have commented on the photography here, sometimes with questions about lighting and technique. So we have today a guest post by the photographer himself, my dear husband, Jerry Redfern. As some of you might know, Jerry is a photojournalist with nearly 20 years of experience in an evolving profession—from newsroom darkrooms…Continue readingFood Photography: Notes from the Kitchen Studio

$1.97 Cedar Picket Salmon

So this is what we did: we got ourselves a nice piece of wild-caught salmon, a decent bottle of white, and visions of a perfect fish on cedar. I thought of thyme in the garden and fresh lemons in the fridge. Rock salt from the Cambodian coast. A glug of olive oil. A pat of…Continue reading$1.97 Cedar Picket Salmon

Taking Notes on the Cashew Apple

Just a photo I’ve always liked. Those are my hands in the upper left corner. I was in southern Thailand, learning about cashew apples. I’d spent the hour before exploring Krabi’s Ban Laempho Gastropod Fossil Beach—an ancient cemetery of mollusks preserved in layered beds—when lunch called my name. A few little stalls selling fried chicken…Continue readingTaking Notes on the Cashew Apple

In Love with Mortar(s) & Pestle(s)

Every cook has a little love affair in the kitchen—utensils that bring aroma to life, tools that make it all happen. I was delighted when Renee Schettler Rossi asked me to write about my favored kitchen item for a Valentine’s Day article on Leite’s Culinaria. It took no time for me to choose an object…Continue readingIn Love with Mortar(s) & Pestle(s)

The Chorreador de Café

It’s a good thing Customs doesn’t limit the amount of coffee an American can bring home. As you might imagine, I returned from Costa Rica with a sack of beans—and I’ll get to that. But first, I want to introduce you to our new fave gadget, simple as it is: the chorreador de café. Apparently,…Continue readingThe Chorreador de Café

Brand Names, Baby

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The Rose Roaster

This is Mr. Sua Yee, a Hmong man in the northern Thailand village of Ban Rai, near Pang Mapha. And this is his clever contraption for drying rose petals, which are sent to Chiang Mai, packaged and sold across Thailand as floral tea. Two fans lie on their sides at the bottom of the sealed…Continue readingThe Rose Roaster

Website update and house cleaning

Greetings Fellow Ramblers, The WordPress software on which this site runs was just upgraded, whole hog. If anyone notices a problem, kindly let us know. Also, in going through the myriad nooks and crannies of the WordPress control panel, we found several people (okay, 70) had signed up as subscribers with curious names like, “SxyRussianBlondes”…Continue readingWebsite update and house cleaning

Cool Gift

Not your average pencils — do not sharpen hashi. Do not put them in the dishwasher either. Sometimes good friends have an eye for the perfect present – complete with thoughtful discourse on the philosophy and etiquette of chopstick use.Continue readingCool Gift