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I need no excuse to heavily season dishes when everyone lets me... I love curries, moles, adobo-type brasies, and pretty much anything else that requires a chin-stroking perusal of the spice cabinet. But as Spring approaches, even I start making simpler preparations to highlight one of our favorites: nice, crisp asparagus.

For a person of Irish descent, you think I'd get more worked up over St. Patrick's Day than I do. Oh sure, I'm quite proud of my Irish roots. I took Irish step-dancing lessons, and even had a regulation curly wig for competitions (that's as far as I'll go into that matter). I also enjoy drinking beer as much as the next person (hold the green dye, please), but for some reason St.

Salads don't come naturally to me in the winter months. Perhaps it's a sense of pessimism reinforced by my dormant, gone-to-seed garden. It could also be related to the often pitiful salad greens at our supermarket--almost always discolored, wilted, and soaking wet from being sprayed with water for days on end. In any case, the circumstances hardly inspire me to toss a salad.

If you've seen Lillie's blog, Butter Me Up Brooklyn, then you know how delectable and jaw-dropping her sweet treats are. If not, then you're in for a rare treat! For a last-minute Valentine's Day dessert, Lillie created this lovely and absolutely scrumptious chocolate tart for us. It's the sort of dessert that you eat with your eyes closed.

As we may have mentioned before, we frequent the Asian supermarket in the city closest to us. We know the butcher well--he cuts beef bones into manageable pieces for us so we can make beef stock (a freezer staple in our kitchen).

There's something inherently satisfying about making dumplings.

It's a rhythmic process. Fill. Seal. Crimp. Repeat.

The fact that it's almost as easy to make 100 of them as it is to make 20 also makes them a great party food or something to tuck into the freezer for later. They're quick to reheat and very satisfying--call it insurance for a lazy weeknight.

As a teenager, I had very strong opinions about most everything. I'm not even speaking politically or socially--everything I did or ate or spoke came from the deepest recesses of my being. As many teenagers are, I was uncompromising and often harsh about these opinions, preferring to start a fight rather than try to find middle ground. I thought myself very principled and just in doing so.


Joy of Cooking App for iPad and iPhone

After three years of collaborative effort with our friends at Culinate and Scribner, it is our pleasure to introduce the Joy of Cooking for iPad and iPhone! Please check out this full-featured, digital version of the 2006 edition. In addition to the recipes and indispensable reference information our readers know and love, the app has many features that are brand new to JOY:

  • Built-in recipe timers (you can have multiple timers going simultaneously)
  • Search for and filter recipes by key word, ingredient, cuisine, season, technique, diet, and more
  • Create shopping lists from within the app
  • Convert any recipe to metric automatically
  • Give voice commands or have recipe steps spoken to you
  • Create menus in the app
  • Share recipes from within the app
  • Color photography

Truly a JOY for the 21st century! Download by directing your browser to Don't forget to review the app!