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I Am an Infidel

I Am an Infidel

How can I be faithful to my Poblano beanpot when Bram comes along and produces this gorgeous little number in Egypt? All the perfumes of Araby cannot hide the stench...

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Xoconostle on a Clay Comal

Xoconostle on a Clay Comal

My local Mexican grocer had some xoconostle (sour prickly pears) and even though they were a little sad looking, I bought them all. We have a new shipment in from...

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One of the Reasons I Love Napa

One of the Reasons I Love Napa

There are dozens of reasons why I love living in Napa, almost none of them involving wine. My fellow Napans make great neighbors and when there's a call for a...

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My Favorite Bean Pot

My Favorite Bean Pot

Until you get obsessive, a normal pot is fine for beans. Once you start down that slippery slope, you'll want several different pots for different beans and different cuisines. I...

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Bean Bowls

Bean Bowls

I can't tell you how many conversations I have with people who just don't know what to do with their beans after they've bought them. Even after I tell them,...

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Making Chicken with a Mattone

Making Chicken with a Mattone

I bought a mattone after I read about them in Paula Wolfert's Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking and so far I've been underwhelmed. The piece is fine but all the chickens...

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Cooking With Clay No.9

Cooking With Clay No.9

Thanks to a hot tip from Paula Wolfert's Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking book, I ordered this handsome clay pot and lid from Turkey. It's very crude and very heavy and...

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