Fabulous Homemade Tomato Concentrate inspired by Francis Lam’s blog Gilt Taste

Fabulous Homemade Tomato Concentrate inspired by Francis Lam’s blog Gilt Taste

I stopped buying and using those little tins of tomato ‘paste’ many years ago.  There was that bitter metal edge to the flavor no matter the brand and it indeed had the texture of library paste.  And then there were always the cute solutions to…

Through the Seasons – Peas

Through the Seasons – Peas

Mary Randolph, The Virginia House-Wife Peas To have them in perfection, they must be quite young, gathered early in the morning, kept in a cool place , and not shelled until they are to be dressed; put salt in the water, and when it boils,…

Easter and my special copper pot

Easter and my special copper pot

Forty-six years ago I received this lovely Bazar Français double boiler as a gift.  Over the years it has taken pride of place in my many and various kitchens (a stunning twelve moves over the years since 1966 now that I add it up –…

Through the Seasons: Cauliflower

Through the Seasons: Cauliflower

Mary Randolph, The Virginia House-Wife, pg 123 Cauliflower. Choose those that are close and white, and of a middle size, trim off the outside leaves, cut off the stalk flat at the bottom, let them lie in salt and water an hour before you boil…

In Which Leni Journeys Through the Seasons with The Virginia House-wife: January

In Which Leni Journeys Through the Seasons with The Virginia House-wife: January

Over the next while I am going to continue to explore my fascination with the Mary Randolph’s cookbook.  When we read her recipes we get a glimpse into the skills and daily cooking styles practiced by African American cooks/chefs in the late 18th and early…