Dancing Tomatoes


Before our recent trip to Naples, I lined up a restaurant kitchen so that Sami and I could film a video for you.  I had vague ideas for subjects but knew that once there I’d find something specific.  It turned out even better than that. Go to Video Villa del Carmelo Some background.  We were …

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melon, dill, basil, lemon verbena, sea salt, piment d'Espelette

Go to Recipe Go to Video Each Herb is a Universe The other day Fabien Phillip, the grower at the Marché de Saxe where I go twice a week, came up to me and said “Susan, I’ve got a few tomatoes if you want some.”  He pointed around the back of his stand, and there, …

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Go to Video Pesto, or Pistou?  They’re almost, but not quite, the same,. To Pound Pesto, the green sauce we all know and love, originated in Genoa, in the seaside region of Italy’s Liguria.  There, basil grows with abandon, and it is said that cooks in the Middle Ages were the first to grind it …

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