Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ingredient: Little coosa, little summer squash

It’s true that the Lebanese love to stuff it—grape leaves, cabbage, coosa. The coosa refers to a particular light green, medium-sized squash that is sweet, tender, and so good. But they’re difficult to find, so we …

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Postcard from Up North

When I examine myself and my method of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein

(Birch tree and painter on the waterfront. …

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Garlicky Cabbage Rolls, some little gems.

My name is Arikhia, not Rita, she said. They say Rita in this country.

That was the first thing my Aunt Rita said when I interviewed her one afternoon several years ago. I was there to ask questions, to …

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Technique: How to blanch cabbage for rolls

Cabbages, like onions, are made of tightly wound layers. Leaves of cabbage want and need to be softened so that they are pliable enough to be pulled off of the head and rolled up with stuffing.

Here’s the simple blanching …

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Ingredient: Cabbage

This was supposed to be a week of brilliant red bell peppers here on Main Street, a week of shiny patent-leather red vegetables and a simple recipe to make and to love. That, however, was not meant to be.

Rita …

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