Desktop Calendar

October 2011 Desktop Calendar

October 2011 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our calendar for October is a picture of the patty pan squash and pesto soup I like to make with larger patty pan squashes. It’s perfect for the transition between summer and fall. (The smaller patty pan squashes I will roast and combine with chickpeas in this warm salad.)

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September 2011 Desktop Calendar

September 2011 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our calendar for September is a picture of the fresh fig and rose smoothie I contributed to a book of smoothie recipes — you’ll find all the details here. Have you been making smoothies this summer? Any new favorites you want to share?

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August 2011 Desktop Calendar

August 2011 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our calendar for August is a picture of a fig and thyme tartlet from my favorite Paris pastry shop, Pain de Sucre (14 rue Rambuteau in the 3rd, +33 1 45 74 68 92, see map).

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July 2011 Desktop Calendar

July 2011 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our calendar for July is a picture of water kefir (kefir de fruits), a thirst-quenching fermented beverage I’ve written about a couple of months ago. It’s wonderful in any season, but it is exceptionally refreshing during the summer months, and if you can lay your hands on some crystals, I recommend you start a batch of your own.

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June 2011 Desktop Calendar

June 2011 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our calendar for June is a picture of fresh garlic (ail nouveau), which you can find on market stalls in France starting in early June.

For the longest time I never really stopped to think about the fact that the large majority of garlic heads the cook uses are dried, and if they’re dried, they have to have been fresh at some point, right? And if so, what does a fresh head of garlic look like?

Well, it looks like the above picture: the outer layers of skin, which will later become paper-thin and brittle, are lightly ribbed and quite thick. They offer some resistance when you pull them away to reveal the cloves beneath, and the latter are whiter and more satiny-looking than when they’re dried.

Fresh garlic can be used the same way you would dried, but it is softer in flavor, less pungent, and more discreet on the breath. It should be handled like a fresh vegetable, kept in the fridge, and eaten within a week or so. If a whole head sounds like too much to consume in that time span, you can either share it or freeze the extra cloves.

[Read about pink garlic from Lautrec too!]

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