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a toasted almond plum cake

this recipe was originally published in the august 2021 newsletter click here to subscribe & click here to watch me make it This cake could very well be made with cherries instead of plums. In fact, you could use grapes, figs, peaches, blackberries, apricots or nectarines. Maybe even some soft ripe pears or apples, with the addition of some warming spices. Seemingly any fruit would indeed...
cold mint and pea soup by allosimone
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cool pea soup

Back in Quebec, we're used to temperatures reaching the upper 30s in the summer (that's the 90s, for those of you who understand fahrenheit), so air conditioners are pretty common. Here in Norway? Not so much. 26 feels almost unbearable and all I can think of to cool down is to eat a refreshingly cold soup.   let's make a cool soup • Start with a good vegetable stock. You can keep...
A bright and green nectarine salad with tomatoes and almonds, by @allosimone
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bright & green nectarine salad

It's probably not a coincidence that the hottest days of the year coincide with the most produce-abundant times. And thank goodness for that. Because surely the last thing anyone wants to do on a scorching afternoon is get all hot and bothered in the kitchen -- that's where salads like this one come in.   how to make this nectarine salad Slice one or two nectarines into thin crescents and...
White Bean, Chickpea and Spelt Stew by @allosimone
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white bean, chickpea & spelt stew

As much as I love beans and other legumes, I regularly struggle with figuring out what to do with them. Often, what ends up happening is that I'll soak some in the morning (or even the afternoon -- there is a trick) for that day's dinner and then, much like a procrastinating student who's left their essay writing right down to the very last minute, try to come up with a meal idea only once the...