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Vera Gelder cooks with honey (video)

(Originally published November 20, 2013) In this cooking video, the eighth of the MO Deep Roots series, Vera Gelder of Walk-About Acres in Columbia, Missouri, shows me how to make three dishes featuring the specialty of her farm: honey. Each of the recipes is very simple to make, requiring few ingredients, and all of them […]

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Savoring food memories

  This time of year always reminds me of my Grandma Parker. Wandering through the farmers’ markets amid stacks of big, aromatic cantaloupes—or “mushmelons,” as she would have called them—I can’t help but remember her carefully slicing a small melon in half, scooping out the seeds, and sprinkling it liberally with ground black pepper before […]

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John Corn makes garden pesto (video)

(Originally published on September 26, 2013) Though I posted John’s recipe for his summer garden pesto here a few week ago, you have to take a peek at the video of John making it in his kitchen, with the help of wife Sandy, to get the full picture (see video below). First of all, you […]

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Swiss Chard: The Queen of Greens

(Originally published May 18, 2013) You may have already noticed that I’m kind of fixated on greens. Part of that is the time of the year—leafy greens just rule in spring. They love cooler temperatures and grow quickly, so they’re abundant in farmers’ markets in spring, fall, even in winter if you’re lucky enough to […]

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Grilled Baby Carrot Salad by Chef Craig Cyr

(Originally published October 10, 2013) This wonderfully satisfying grilled carrot salad was created by Craig Cyr, co-owner and executive chef at the award-winning Wine Cellar and Bistro in downtown Columbia, Missouri. Chef Craig and his lovely wife Sarah—who also happens to be the sommelier at the Wine Cellar—invited me into their home early this summer […]

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Comfort in a bowl: my favorite soups, revisited

We’re well into autumn, and though I’ve taken a break from this web site for the past few months, I have an abundance of previously published posts, recipes, and videos that are just right for this time of year. Soup is my very favorite thing to cook any time of year, and to eat any […]

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