And you thought bacon was only a Western thing. Not so. The Chinese make all sorts of fantastic pork belly products, and this one, smoked with chile, cinnamon, star anise and Sichuan peppercorn, is one of the best.
Ramps are just starting to show up on the forest floors of Eastern woodlands. They are a harbinger of spring, and are just one of many wild onions that live across the United States. Take advantage of them while you can!
When life gives you more fresh herring than you can eat, you pickle them! This style of pickle is a Swedish one called glassblower's herring (no idea why). No fresh herring? You can make this with salted herring, too.
Who knew this beguiling digestif could be made so easily? Mirto, the dark, herbal and syrupy after-dinner drink popular in Corsica and Sardinia, is, for the most part, the berries of the common myrtle steeped in alcohol...