Moules-frites {Mussels and Fries}

What songs about foods do you hum as you make dinner?  “Pull up a chair” and share your kitchen tunes in the comments below.  If there is a recipe that prompts your favorite kitchen melody, share that as well.

Garlic Mussels

“Alive, alive oh, alive, alive oh.  Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh.”

Inevitably, this Irish ballad plays in my head whenever I make mussels.  And inevitably, there is a bit of melancholy that washes over me.  Poor Molly Malone, she died of a fever so young and beautiful and now her ghost haunts the streets of Dublin, still hawking her goods with the ethereal cry of live cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh.

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Foraged Pear Galette

Let’s get this table talking.  Share your stories of foraged foods.  New to foraging, that’s ok, pull up a chair and join in the conversation below.

Foraged Pear Galette

I adore old farmsteads with apple and pear trees in the front yard.  I secretly envy homeowners who inherit fruit trees with their dwelling. And I am often disappointed to see fruits in these yards spoiling beneath the trees.  Untended, ignored.  What is a girl to do? Forage, of course.

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Kale Pesto & Fettuccine In Sur La Table’s New Test Kitchen

Do you have a favorite pesto recipe?  Join the conversation and share your thoughts, recipes and experience!

Kale Pesto with Fettuccine

It was easy to locate them standing as a loose group in as close to a circular pattern as several conversations occurring at the same time allows.  And then there was the facilitator holding a sign in a relaxed yet determined font that said “Sur La Table”, making sure that those of us gathered understood that this group did have a purpose beyond excited idle chatter.

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