Sunday, May 20, 2012

"I'd Rather Not Discuss It!"

I’m beginning to wonder if how much money we have may be less important than how we feel about it. I can’t help thinking that if I’d spent as much time exploring how I felt about my money as I have trying to earn it, I’d be a much happier person today. Is the person who is wealthy yet miserable just a cliché? What about people living in poverty who seem joyful and display incredible generosity? Before we dismiss these extremes as stereotypes, perhaps there is more to be learned by looking below the surface.

Time to Grill! Delta Chicken

This is a Stoffer family favorite! When our sons were young, we went to the Sacramento delta almost every summer. One thing they seem to have in abundance in the delta, besides cornfields is wild fennel. During the summer you can find the plants flowering by the roadside. Fennel flowers (aka pollan) for this recipe are common, and once you notice them you'll see them everywhere. They add a wonderful flavor to this red wine marinade. This chicken is absolutely superb when cooked over a charcoal fire. The warm weather is getting me in the mood to grill!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Potato Gratin with Green Garlic

Green garlic is a particularly delicious treat in spring. It looks like a small leek with a purplish hue on the root end. This is garlic before the head forms. It is abundant now in the farmers' markets. The great thing about this recipe is that it is so simple and the potatoes are a perfect foil for the delicate flavor of green garlic. You may also use 2-3 heads of 'green' garlic if it is too late for the ones that look like leeks. Chop the entire head up fine, no need to break into cloves. Stew as per directions here.