How To Prepare a Simple Crab Boil Originally posted on August 11, 2011 By far the best meal of the summer was our crab boil during our week in Ocracoke. And like many “best” meals, it was unplanned, a surprise, a gift we were smart enough to take advantage of. Donna has pals from her native Port Washington, NY, who have houses here, and one owns a popular restaurant on this lovely barrier island off the coast of North Carolina (a ferry ride away from Cape Hatteras). So she found us a swank house on the water where we and friends and Donna’s sister and nieces could frolic. In the grass beside the house was an old crab pot. In the house was my sun-averse pal Lester. In the fridge was a beef heart. As Read On »

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Smitten Kitchen shares a twist on a breakfast classic bacon corn hash, via Smitten Kitchen.

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A great recipe for an Indian inspired side dish spicy corn pakoras with mango-tamarind chutney, via NYT.

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Last Saturday at our farmer’s market at Shaker Square in Cleveland, one of the farmers was selling fresh soy beans still on the stalk (above, photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman).  It’s a great way to sell them.  I don’t mind doing the picking of my own beans (he charged $3.50 for what amounted to a pound of soybeans). “They’d be a lot more expensive if I had to pick them,” he told me. These beans, often sold cooked as edamame (their Japanese name), are so good when you cook them yourself, a delicious nourishing snack or a great ingredient. To prepare the soy beans, simply boil them in their pods until they’re tender, then chill them in ice water or in plenty of continuously running cold water. They pop right out of the pod. You can Read On »

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A compilation of healthy corn recipes you should check out for the summer, via Epicurious.com

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