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May 2011 Desktop Calendar

May 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 May is a picture of spring vegetables (carrots, turnips, scallions) grated with the blade of my paring knife, rinsed, and ready to be steamed. The next chapter of their life will then be spent (briefly) on the plate, in the company of a soft-boiled egg and a thin stream of my best finishing oil, or coated in this simple tahini sauce, with a side of pita bread.

Bonus tip to go with this month’s desktop calendar: the young, spring versions of the carrot and the turnip don’t keep quite as long as the more mature ones, and if you’re not expedient about using them, they can go limp and unappealing. Don’t toss them! Just place them in a bowl with fresh water and a few ice cubes, put the whole thing in the fridge, and give it a few hours: the vegetables will perk right up. (It works with radishes, too.)

Instructions to get your calendar are below.

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April 2011 Desktop Calendar

April 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 April is a picture of peas in their pod. I’ve written before about the pleasures of fresh peas, and I am excitedly awaiting the first specimens of the season this month.

I like my peas simply steamed, especially as a side to a roasted duck fillet, in a quick bowl of fregola sarda, or in the peacamole I’ve written about here. As for the pods, they will certainly not get tossed, but rather turned into a chilled pea pod soup. What about you, what do you like to do with your peas?

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March 2011 Desktop Calendar

March 2010 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 March is a picture of a chèvre frais cendré — ash-coated fresh goat cheese — taken at a small market stall that was giving away sample slices.

Not everyone realizes that cheese is a seasonal product too, and that artisanal goat cheese can only be made between early spring and early fall, when the goats are lactating to feed their kids. (Fresh goat cheese sold outside of that time period is usually made from frozen milk.)

So this month’s calendar is all about celebrating the arrival of the first rounds of fresh goat cheese. I hope you saved a little of that multigrain starter bread from last month’s calendar to go with it!

Instructions to get your calendar are below.

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February 2011 Desktop Calendar

February 2010 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 February is a picture of the multigrain bread I make with my sourdough starter Philémon. Read more about natural starter bread, and get the recipe for these crusty loaves.

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January 2011 Desktop Calendar

January 2010 Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year!

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 January is a picture of lemon slices I dried in a dehydrator (see these posts on raw buckwheat granola and raw multiseed crackers to know more about my dehydrator episode). I made a big batch of these, and I am keeping them on hand in a jar, to add to stews, riz au lait, and herbal teas.

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