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Cioppino, from Liguria, via San Francisco

May 16, 2014
By Ari
Cioppino, from Liguria, via San Francisco

Cioppino is a seafood stew that originated in San Francisco, supposedly a creation of the Italian-born fishmonger Achille Paladini. It was originally a stew made with whatever fish was available when the boats came back, aka catch of the day, with some Dungeness crab thrown in the tomato and wine-based broth. Cioppino is thought...

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The Bitterness Belongs

May 16, 2014
By Ari
The Bitterness Belongs

The bright glow of dandelions emerging in springtime is an important seasonal milestone for many creatures. For bees, the golden flowers are an important source of early season nourishment from pollen and nectar. For lawn keepers, meanwhile, the appearance of those persistent weeds marks...

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Lawnicide

May 16, 2014
By Ari
Lawnicide

When Michelle Obama converted part of her lawn into a garden six years ago, she made it look easy. And lawn killing certainly can be easy, depending on your game plan. Or it can be a difficult, frustrating failure. The First Lady’s method was...

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The Toy Ecosystem

May 16, 2014
By Ari
The Toy Ecosystem

I used to garden as if I had something to prove, as if my garden was a measure my worth. I had clear production goals, and took it as...

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The wild and tame sides of asparagus

May 16, 2014
By Ari
The wild and tame sides of asparagus

In the title chapter to Stalking the Wild Asparagus, Euell Gibbons describes a fishing trip along the banks of the Rio Grande when he was 12 years old. On...

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Easter, Eggs, and Bugs

May 16, 2014
By Ari