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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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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.)

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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!

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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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