Padrón Season, Great Cheeses

It’s August and Padrón pepper season is peaking. This is great news, as the price has now dropped significantly!  We carry peppers which are grown locally, in West Seattle, about 5 miles from the shop.  Our cool nights preserve the mild pepper flavor so that...

Celtic Spain

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, which reminds me of a fascinating genetic study by Dan Bradley of Trinity College in Dublin.   DNA research shows that the Irish originated in northwestern Spain’s Galicia and Basque provinces.  This explains why there are...

Citrus Season, Winter Wines

Winter is high season for two of my favorite foods: Dungeness Crab and citrus. Serve them together, in a salad tossed with friseé.  Or, serve them separately. An incredibly simple preparation is cracked Dungeness crab accompanied by a mayonnaise-lemon-smoked paprika...