Can I ask you a question?  I’m not sure if you have an answer or not but I’m really trying to wrap my head around this.  All I need to know is: where did our spring go?  At one moment it was frigid and snowy, then frigid and rainy… and then sunny and 80 degrees.  I don’t do well with extreme temperatures and, despite being fed up with the chilly, wet weather, I was not prepared to be slammed by such a shift.

It didn’t really hit me until we were on the Cape this weekend and I looked around the yard.  Now, normally, the weather is a bit unpredictable this time of year.  You never know if it’ll be one of those nasty, gloomy, sit in your house and watch movies all afternoon kind of days.  Or it could be pleasant out… at least enough to not have to wear a long sleeved shirt.  But this weekend was like no other.  The birds were chirping, the rhododendron were in full bloom; people were boating and swimming and tanning on their decks.  Again, I have to ask?  How did I miss the shift between winter and summer?

And with this drastic climate change, I’ve somehow managed to completely neglect some of spring’s prime veggies.  I never found time to cook with morels before the season came to an end and that has made me very sad.  So I’ve been sure not to miss out on one of my very favorite spring treats: fiddleheads.

I can’t really tell you why I adore fiddlehead greens so much.  There’s nothing about the flavor that really sticks out.  But look at them, in all their curlicue glory!  Their shape constantly reminds me of the books I used to read as a child; something out of Alice in Wonderland or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

A few weeks ago, Eric and I were lucky enough to get a bag of fiddleheads in our CSA box.  It was quite the pleasant surprise and as soon as I realized what they were, I immediately got to work thinking about what to do with them.  I did my best to resist the urge to make a pasta dish, but, really, I couldn’t.  It just seemed like the ideal pairing.  Then the question became, what else to add.

When coming up with a recipe, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the possibilities.  Sometimes all you need is some guidance.  And, so, as I walked home from work one afternoon, I decided to stop off at our favorite local gourmet food store, American Provisions, for some inspiration.  Their shelves were stocked with grilled baby artichokes and roasted red peppers and marinated olives.  And then I found the ingredient I was looking for: anchovies.  Yes, anchovies.  Not “eww,” not “gross.”  Oily, briny, with that wonderful fishy undertone.

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  • LirenJune 1, 2011 - 12:28 am

    Hi Brian, I’m wondering where our spring went too. If you can believe, here we are heading into June, and it has actually rained here in the Bay Area. Winter seems to have returned, while the rest of the country has fast forwarded to summer.

    Love this pasta dish – fiddleheads are absolutely whimsical, and I just love the use of anchovies, feta and mint! Salty and fresh, my mouth is watering, imagining the flavors!ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie@lovefoodeatJune 1, 2011 - 12:36 am

    Pasta look delicious. I am new here and just had to tell you how much i LOVE your style of photography… such lovely colours :)ReplyCancel

  • ElJune 1, 2011 - 1:08 am

    I hear you. Looks like global warming is advancing a bit faster than planned. The pasta looks sensational.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJune 1, 2011 - 6:29 am

    Fiddleheads and anchovies? You’re speaking my language!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJune 1, 2011 - 6:52 am

    I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. Summer really snuck up on us this year didn’t it? I want my spring back! I’ve been dying to get my hands on some fiddlehead ferns, but I haven’t seen any. I love the way they look and want to know what they taste like.ReplyCancel

  • Ken⏐hungry rabbitJune 1, 2011 - 6:59 am

    Pasta and anchovies- I can eat them all day long. This certainly will be a weekly staple for us during this Spring.ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESJune 1, 2011 - 7:53 am

    yep . . . 56 degrees and cloudy one day and the next it’s 90 degrees with a heat index of 97 degrees . . . just what in the heck is going on?? love the pasta dish although i’ve never eaten fiddlehead ferns – i’m certain i’d love them because i mean really, how can you go wrong w/pasta and anchovies?ReplyCancel

  • WinnieJune 1, 2011 - 8:12 am

    Beautiful photos and recipe Brian! I love all the assertive flavors of this dish. I did get sick after eating lightly cooked fiddleheads last year so I always boil them now. ps I am hating this HOT weather and longing for a real spring.ReplyCancel

  • YuriJune 1, 2011 - 8:28 am

    With the pasta and the fiddleheads this looks like a bowl of curly delicious umami-rich fun!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer (Savor)June 1, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Brain, I just noticed the fiddleheads in our store yesterday but must say, they are not a hit in this family. Shall I try again?ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieJune 1, 2011 - 9:01 am

    Brilliant & lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Deb @ knitstamaticJune 1, 2011 - 9:03 am

    I was wondering the same thing about spring, I really do prefer the gradual change in temperature. 50 degrees one day and then 80 the next is way too big a swing for my aching bones. :-) Such a beautiful light springy dish…fiddleheads and anchovies, huh? I’ll have to give that combo a try.ReplyCancel

  • spicebloggerJune 1, 2011 - 9:08 am

    I’m intrigued…. I’ve never seen or heard of fiddlehead greens! I love the look of them, and they remind me too of “Alice in Wonderland” or any Dr Suess book. :)
    Thanks for teaching me something new today!

    And I’m missing our spring as well. It’s already reaching 100 here in Louisiana! :/

  • EthanJune 1, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Happy belated Spring! I’m always jealous when I see you receiving your CSA box of goodies.ReplyCancel

  • Chris @ The PecheJune 1, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Lovely stuff, Brian. I haven’t had fiddleheads in years…time to grab some at the market while I still can.ReplyCancel

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)June 1, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Brian this is my kind of dish. I’ve heard that about fiddlehead ferns, too, but I’m glad you said you’ve never had any problems. This is a perfect spring salad, in my opinion.ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethJune 1, 2011 - 11:00 am

    I love pairing the fiddleheads with the armoniche rigatoni. Fun fact: their name means accordion.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJune 1, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    Beautiful pasta dish. I’ve never seen fiddleheads before. Love that you added anchovies, mint, feta…delicous combination and perfect for hotter days:) Have fun on your trip!!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupJune 1, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Love those white anchovies. But fiddleheads are not to be had in CA. Sorta the only thing we can’t get. Well that and a blizzard. GREGReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 1, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    I love that you used fiddleheads, I’ve never cooked or eaten them! Really a gorgeous spring pasta dish.

    We’ve also skipped spring in NY but I am very happy to see some summer weather.ReplyCancel

  • JudyJune 1, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    We’ve had no spring or summer. It’s cold and raining still in Northern California. I’ve only had fiddleheads in a restaurant and I’m pretty sure they were raw. No problems here!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryJune 1, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    CSA box with Fiddlehead ferns? You lucky guy!

    We’ve had similar weather. Snow last week (OK, just a bit, but still!) and now, well, now actually a perfect day but spring really was too cold and too wet but my yard is happy so I’m going to be too!

    Local Korean market has anchovies…a friend with me went ewww too but I bought some because I’ve heard that they are fabulous freshly cooked. Now to find those ferns.ReplyCancel

  • Very pretty dish. I have never heard of a Fiddlehead though! Something intesting to see if I can find though!ReplyCancel

  • BakerbynatureJune 1, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    Anchovies are my hearts desire; I always love adding them to pasta and pizza.ReplyCancel

  • LizJune 1, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    Just a gorgeous pasta dish…I saw some wilted fiddleheads at the market…so had to pass. Maybe next time. Yeah, we went from a week of cold, monsoons to August heat and humidity. Crazy.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKJune 1, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    If this pasta dish doesn’t call our for spring, I don’t know what will. Love the combinations in this dish, mainly fiddlehoods and anchovies. We had some anchovies in Washington in a salad and I was pleasantly suprised. And you were right. It’s oily and briny and the perfect complement to this wonderful pasta! Love!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }June 1, 2011 - 11:05 pm

    Brian – my hubby and I raised the same question – where did Spring go? Living in the Bay Area it is typically really sunny and warm this time of year, instead we have rain storms forecasted for Friday to almost Tuesday. Urrr. On another note, I have yet to cook with fiddleheads – you have inspired me. This salad looks simply amazing. :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 1, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    I’m not sure if any of the CSAs or farmers markets in our area can get their hands on fiddleheads. Good research question for this week. Regardless, your pasta salad with another green veggie is delightful. I’m a recent anchovie convert after putting them into a tapenade.ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshJune 1, 2011 - 11:31 pm

    Yum, I absolutely love fiddleheads!ReplyCancel

  • sweetsugarbelleJune 2, 2011 - 1:22 am

    I have been staring at this post for two days. I am VERY intrigued by the ferns. I’ve googled them, and am generally impressed that you aquired them and instantly knew what to do. Very very interesting post!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJune 2, 2011 - 6:13 am

    Okay, your pasta does not even COMPARE to my pasta! Yours is just uber fabulous! I love fiddleheads…for some reason they just seem so…cute! And yes, straight out of Alice in Wonderland :P

    The anchovies were definitely the perfect touch.ReplyCancel

  • ChristyJune 2, 2011 - 7:50 am

    Fiddleheads, wow, what a unique green vegetable!~:) I can see how they got their name!;)
    This pasta definitely looked like a comfort food eh?;)ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisJune 2, 2011 - 11:26 am

    hi Brian

    I am with you on wondering where spring went! It went from winter to ungodly hot….sigh
    I love spring, so sad that we didn’t get to enjoy it…..
    Your salad looks very good, love those fiddleheads, I have to look for them at our market, which finally opened a few weeks ago…wow…has it been crowded!

    hope all is well my friend, sorry I haven’t been around very much lately….just having a year from hell!


  • Nelly RodriguezJune 2, 2011 - 7:04 pm

    Love the simplicity of this! Confession: I’ve never had a fiddlefernhead! :PReplyCancel

  • Mike@The Culinary LensJune 2, 2011 - 8:24 pm

    Strange thing I was thinking the same thing as Nelly. Never had Fiddleheads,, I also love your photo styleReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoJune 2, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    this looks good I haven’t had like this
    lovely picturesReplyCancel

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  • KimberleyJune 3, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Those first images look like pastoral heaven. We don’t really get a summer in San Francisco, so I’ll be spending the next three months envying everyone else’s, or getting my fill in short, intense bursts. Love your pasta, too. Wish I’d done a fiddlehead pasta this year.ReplyCancel

  • Baking SerendipityJune 4, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    This pasta looks fantastic! Spring dishes might be the only source of spring left in my world too. I live in Phoenix and it’s hot, hot, hot already! Wishing you a fantastic summer weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJune 6, 2011 - 1:03 am

    Mmmm. . . I LOVES me some fiddleheads.

    Voila ≠ Viola ≠ fiddleheads.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJune 8, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Looking good Brian! I failed to try fiddlehead ferns again this year. I need to definitely put them on the top of my to do list next spring.ReplyCancel

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  • YuriMay 29, 2011 - 12:09 am

    I want one of those doughnuts! Happy Memorial Day weekend, Brian :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodMay 29, 2011 - 12:13 am

    The fork cutting into that doughnut… mouth.watering.ReplyCancel

  • MaureenMay 29, 2011 - 12:24 am

    Where was this guy when I was growing up in Maine?? Oh right, he wasn’t born. Heck, maybe his parents weren’t born yet. :)

    This food looks so good!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezMay 29, 2011 - 12:40 am

    You recommended this place when I was looking for places in Boston and we never made it here. Now I need to go back and have a doughnut (or 7)! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For LivingMay 29, 2011 - 7:03 am

    I’ve never been to Craigie on Main {hanging my head in shame}… and this post serves as a reminder that I must go sometime soon!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetMay 29, 2011 - 7:17 am

    I want that food, your photos do a wonderful job showcasing the restaurant!ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameMay 29, 2011 - 7:40 am

    Couldn’t agree more. Maws has one of the best brunches in all of Boston. Hands down. You did the place justice. I have yet to have a dish that wasn’t *winning.* (Darn Sheen and his usage of oddly placed descriptors.)ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsMay 29, 2011 - 7:40 am

    That donut looks yummilicious!ReplyCancel

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwriteMay 29, 2011 - 7:43 am

    I’ve heard so much about this place from Meghan. This confirms that I will definitely have to stop by next time I am in Boston…ReplyCancel

  • Michael RichardsonMay 29, 2011 - 7:50 am

    I enjoy your Silent Sundays.. This is no exception and will be a must do if I make it to Boston.ReplyCancel

  • Steph @ Lick My SpoonMay 29, 2011 - 8:05 am

    My friend is the pastry chef there! Still haven’t had the chance to make it up there, but now I’m even more convinced that a road trip is in order :) lovely photosReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMay 29, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Your Silent Sunday posts are making a wonderful list of travel must-sees and eats. When we get back to Boston, I will be pulling many notes from your site.ReplyCancel

  • LizMay 29, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Wow, that crisp looks crazy good! I enjoy visiting your blog and browsing your gorgeous photos…they evoke such peaceful thoughts…you are a fabulous artist.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 29, 2011 - 8:55 am

    I love that donut and wish I had one now with my coffee. Also, the crisp. And then I could finish my meal the seared scallops and grits;) Looks incredible!ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksMay 29, 2011 - 9:06 am

    This will be a must do if (and when) we ever make it to Boston. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 29, 2011 - 9:23 am

    I have so many must visit eateries in Boston now. This is another on the list and your photos illustrate the beauty of the food and restaurant.ReplyCancel

  • KristenMay 29, 2011 - 9:36 am

    What a delicious looking brunch – as always, love the pics!ReplyCancel

  • RochelleMay 29, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Like many others before me, I’m having issues pulling my attention away from those doughnuts! They are gorgeous with the soft texture. I don’t think I’ll ever get a chance to get to Boston to get me some of this place, but I’m now inspired to try my hand at making some in my own kitchen :DReplyCancel

  • sippitysupMay 29, 2011 - 11:32 am

    Happy Brunch and Memorial Day. GREGReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 29, 2011 - 11:46 am

    I’ve heard wonderful things about the brunch at Craigie on Main. I’ve got to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }May 29, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Wish I was going to Boston! It sounds like a wonderful place. Stunning photos. Enjoy your memorial day weekend. :-)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyMay 29, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Seared scallops and grits? Yes, please. Actually, yes please to all of it.ReplyCancel

  • JackieMay 29, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    Such stunning photographs, darling! I need to come back to Boston soon…

    Jax xReplyCancel

  • ElizabethMay 29, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    I haven’t been to Craigie but I’ve been fortunate to try Tony Maws’s cooking at various events (i.e. Pride and Passion). I would love to go. I also love what pastry chef Jess Scott churns out. I must try the donuts.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 29, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    So awesome. I love your sunday postsReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetMay 29, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    That doughnut looks so delicious. I love your silent sunday posts. :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryMay 29, 2011 - 10:42 pm

    Seared scallops on grits? Oh my. And dessert? What can I say; looks divine and your photos, as always…just as yummy!ReplyCancel

  • marlaMay 29, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    You are right, words are not needed. Your awesome photos say it all. Looks like a fun & tasty brunch.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMay 30, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Gosh, it must be hard to be silent with dishes like these. ;)ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie@lovefoodeatMay 30, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Hey! New to the blog and just wanted to tell you that your photos are simply STUNNING! I am a fan!!ReplyCancel

  • BakerbynatureMay 30, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    I love Boston, and this place! God, it felt like I was there having brunch with you guys; lucky lucky ducks!ReplyCancel

  • MeghanMay 30, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    This has been on my brunch list for a while now. Your photo of the seared scallops and grits has just bumped it to the top!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 31, 2011 - 12:17 am

    Mmnnn. . . . I LOVES me some brunch, especially when it’s eaten with a dude in a hipster shirt like that!

    ¡Viva los hipsteros!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMay 31, 2011 - 7:28 am

    Oh my word I want to eat at this place! That doughnut looks amazing and is calling my name.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 31, 2011 - 7:55 am

    Craigie on Main was just opening when I left Boston, I think, and I definitely wish that I could have tried it! That donut alone is calling my name. Gorgeous photos Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 31, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    God I love your silent Sundays, or in my case Monday! Why haven’t I heard of this place? I must hit it during our next whirlwind Boston trip as I am feeling the need to try to doughnut!!ReplyCancel

Homemade Gravlax

There’s a rather short (and very specific) list of foods that I could eat every day and never grow tired of them.  Some people don’t have such a list, but when I’m asked what my favorite foods are, there’s no hesitation in my response.   Cheesecake.  Yes, I could eat it every day and it would never grow old.  If I’m ever in a foul mood, a slice will surely lift me up from the depths of my gloom.

Next on the list is sushi.  I don’t think I could pass up the opportunity to eat sushi.  And I’m not just talking about a couple pieces.  Give me the whole boat.

Along the same lines is the third and final food that I can’t resist: cured fish.  Almost any kind, really, but I have a huge weakness for cured salmon.

Homemade Gravlax

Growing up, there were few Sundays that went by without a basket of bagels (NJ bagels, by the way, are the best) and a platter of salmon.  We’d smear a heaping knife of chive cream cheese and layer the fish on top until the bagel underneath it could barely handle the weight. And, to finish it off, a couple slices of cucumber and tomato and maybe a sprinkle of pepper.  If I had to pick a “last meal”, this would be it (maybe ending with an enormous piece of cheesecake).

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  • MikeVFMKMay 25, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Brian, you have some of the items that would appear on my list! And this gravlax looks sensational! I wish I had some here to take with me for lunch! Lovely photos as always.ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksMay 25, 2011 - 8:01 am

    I wish I liked salmon, but my hubby likes it well enough for the two of us. He loves Gravlax and smoked salmon. I will have to make this for him again soon.ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMay 25, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Thank goodness cooks figured out how to make gravlax without burrying it in a hole! I never knew that’s what it mean. Did I miss a step where the gin is used or is that just in a shot glass for the cook ; > Really fabulous photos as always.ReplyCancel

    • TahinaJuly 6, 2011 - 11:33 am

      Cover the flesh side with heaping handfuls of fresh dill. Drizzle with the gin. Place the remaining fillet, flesh side down, on top of the other piece of fish. Fold the ends of the aluminum foil over the fillets so that it completely wraps the fishReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetMay 25, 2011 - 8:12 am

    I need that gravlax and a bagel in my life very soon, it looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezMay 25, 2011 - 8:21 am

    After eggs Benedict and bacon, this might by my favorite brunch staple. Love the fork picture, where it’s just hanging there. Makes me want to gobble it up!ReplyCancel

  • MollyMay 25, 2011 - 8:22 am

    I dream of platters of gravlax, dotted by capers and surrounded by purple rings of onion. Bagels, piled high in pyramids rest nearby, and next to them, bowls of cream cheese, as fluffy as clouds. You have made me very happy this morning.ReplyCancel

  • YuriMay 25, 2011 - 8:22 am

    I’m making sushi this weekend for Mother’s Day brunch, I’ll trade you some for a serving of this gravlax :D this looks delicious and I love salmon. Your photos are inspiring, today I have my second photography class, hope my pics get half as good as yours ;) xoxoReplyCancel

  • The Food HoundMay 25, 2011 - 8:24 am

    I love gravlax!! I would love to make it sometime! Fine Cooking just featured a smoked trout salad as the main dish for a brunch, and I bet it would go GREAT with gravlax, too.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynMay 25, 2011 - 8:26 am

    I have said for ages that if I had to pick one food to eat every day for the rest of my life, it would be smoked salmon. Gravlax is so similar, and they are both wonderful. I love this recipe! I am definitely trying this.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenMay 25, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Not a fish person, but I’m with you on the cheesecake!ReplyCancel

  • Deb @ knitstamaticMay 25, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Yup, growing up my Sunday mornings were the same, bagels, lox, scallion cream cheese, a nice slice of tomato and some cucumber…heaven. Just one thing: NY bagels are the best! :-)ReplyCancel

  • paul jennetteMay 25, 2011 - 9:04 am

    Love Gravlax!!! I use to work at a restaurant where the had a Gravlax BLT, I can’t tell you how many times I ate that sandwich. 100’s I’m sure, yours is taking me back to those days!! I think I will give this a try this weekend;-p
    Thanks- PaulieReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceMay 25, 2011 - 9:24 am

    This looks SO easy! I love putting together a brunch spread and this will be a wonderful new addition. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieMay 25, 2011 - 9:28 am

    I have always enjoyed eating Gravlax in restaurants or purchased at the local market. Though I never thought of making it myself, I reserved this for the pros. And, much like you I never realized how simple it was to make. Thanks for the lesson, in preparing and “buried salmon”, as well as demystifying my theory that this was a tricky task. I’m hungry… everything looks so-so good that I’m craving some now.ReplyCancel

  • abby dodgeMay 25, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Inspiring Post Brian! I haven’t made “Grav” since the holidays .. and I think it’s about time I did & just in time for the long wk’nd. ps.. gorg pix as usualReplyCancel

  • sippitysupMay 25, 2011 - 9:45 am

    It’s time I tried this again. My last attempt was just so-so. It shouldn’t be hard right? But when it’s good– gravlax is really something special.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 25, 2011 - 10:18 am

    This looks incredible! I love this post! I have made this before but your version is awesomeReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMay 25, 2011 - 11:03 am

    Oooo, I love salmon with dill. This looks utterly fantastic. :)ReplyCancel

  • tiina { sparkling ink }May 25, 2011 - 12:51 pm

    Oh, that my childhood fave, and still is!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryMay 25, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Me bacon and you salmon…and the technique is very similar. Now…I know you won’t be curing your own bacon anytime soon…but I’m on a roll. Gravalax it is! Soon.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ A Cambridge StoryMay 25, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Wow, I never would have thought that I could do this at home. The salmon looks incredible – and I love that there is gin involved in the process :)ReplyCancel

  • kankanaMay 25, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    I am with you in cheese cake. It can boost up my mood any time!! Salmon with dill is one of my fav combination but I never had salmon or any fish this way .. would love to give a try!ReplyCancel

  • Jean @ Lemons and AnchoviesMay 25, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    I’m so impressed that you made your own gravlax but not surprised at the wonderful results. I also have a list of “last meal” foods–too long, probably, but I can see how this would be on yours. :-)ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyMay 25, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Totally with you on this one! I could eat sushi every day. Also eggs. And fish. Why have I never made gravlax? Your photos are gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Island VittlesMay 25, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    delicious! Now that you’ve got your gravlax feet wet, how about a variation or two? My Austrian Chef Instructor had us make a blueberry/star anise gravlax that was super tasty, but the best thing about it was the colour — beautiful! TheresaReplyCancel

  • PolaMMay 25, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    Never thought of curing Salmon my self, but I guess I am growing intrigued!ReplyCancel

  • JanisMay 25, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Sweetie, I have a great recipe for Tequila and Lime Gravlax if you ever want to try it. I can snarf down the whole thing myself it is so good.ReplyCancel

  • JanMay 25, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Looks fabulous! Always wanted to try making gravlax. I especially love that you’ve made it twice this week ;) Awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie | My Baking AddictionMay 25, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I am sooo with you on the cheesecake!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckMay 25, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    Sushi would certainly be on the tops of my “never get tired of” list. I became rather addicted to gravlax when we lived in New York, but haven’t found a decent version since moving away. I am bookmarking this and making it at home. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • SriVaniMay 25, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    This looks divine! I love your list of foods that you could eat everyday and devour with no problem. Sushi and gravalax are definitely on my list. There are several other things I would like to add to that list, but I think I would cause some concern with the amount I enjoy eating. I also adore your photos, I wish I had a camera and your keen eye!ReplyCancel

  • Marian (Sweetopia)May 25, 2011 - 5:56 pm

    Oh, you’re making me want to go grocery shopping right NOW so I can make this.
    Stunning! Looks mouth-wateringly delish.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaMay 25, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    So this is the gravlax you were making the other day! Brian, this looks gorgeous! My husband would likely be a lot more impressed by my making this, rather than another cake, I’m sure. :) It looks incredible, and the photos are stunning. Thanks for sharing! xoReplyCancel

  • TessaMay 25, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    We made gravlax at school a few weeks ago and to my surprise I enjoyed it (had never tasted before). Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshMay 25, 2011 - 10:48 pm

    I LOVE gravlax! I didn’t know it was so simple to make – definitely trying this!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESMay 25, 2011 - 11:59 pm

    beautiful – i could eat this every day too!!ReplyCancel

  • JoyMay 26, 2011 - 1:26 am

    and this is why you’re my favorite. I love cured salmon — the french restaurant I use to work at use to cure all their salmon in house and used a recipe very similar to this minus the fennel. I am interested in trying your recipe but I’ll have to wait until my fennel comes in my garden! Can’t wait to show you the results :)ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia@bascookingMay 26, 2011 - 6:28 am

    I thought it was difficult, but it is very easy to do. I love the salmon and will take this recipe into mind t. I love your blog, I have not visited before.I Sure you will see me over here.ReplyCancel

  • KristenMay 26, 2011 - 7:22 am

    i’m with you on the cheesecake! I’ve never made cured salmon before. Will have to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 26, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Mnnnn. . . I LOVES me some gravlax, especially when it’s just like that. (nice and gravlaxy)

    Una vez por semana suena como sólo la frecuencia que me gustaría comer. Sobre todo, una vez que están fuera de la costa este y se puede participar con ustedes.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 26, 2011 - 11:34 am

    I love that we see eye to eye on sushi. and cured salmon…I mean…I am totally addicted to the stuff. And I’m amazed that you actually made it. I’ve always pictured it as the kind of thing that you just buy and don’t think twice about it. But apparently, I’m wrong!

    Although…being a born and bred NY-er…we have to discuss this NJ bagel business. Outside.ReplyCancel

  • kitaMay 26, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    Ive never had cured salmon. It just seemed so foreign and different to me that I have never tried it – which I think is a shame as I love salmon. The idea of salmon on a bagel (where I have heard of it before) is another one of those foreign concepts to me. This does sound very easy to make, and I’ve been on a kick making my own bagels lately so perhaps I just need to brave it out and try it. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and wonderfully tempting description of gravlax to get me motivated.ReplyCancel

  • LizMay 26, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    Brian, thank you for the beautiful inspiration…I adore smoked and cured salmon and have wanted to make my own for some time. I now vow to get it done this year…yours looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 26, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    We share some favorites! Well, I like all 3 of yours:) This gravlax looks delicious. I’m with Nelly and love Eggs Benedict for brunch…and your gravlax:)ReplyCancel

  • SaraMay 27, 2011 - 12:25 am

    I would never trust myself in curing salmon myself but I would totally trust yours! With a bagel, please, for tomorrow’s breakfast :)ReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistMay 27, 2011 - 2:08 am

    I’m with you, I loooove me some cured fish. When I go to Norway to hang out with my boyfriend’s family I get spoiled – their salmon is so fantastic there, and I always come home craving something just as good. Could your recipe maybe be that good? :) I bet it is! Congrats on foodbuzz top 9 today!ReplyCancel

  • LirenMay 27, 2011 - 2:34 am

    Brian, this is why I get along with you – I would be utterly satisfied with cheesecake, sushi and cured fish. You know by now that I have a special place in my heart and tummy for a good bagel, cream cheese and lox, and I fell in love with good gravlax when I traveled to Scandinavia years ago. A good friend of mine started making her own gravlax a few years ago, and it has become a staple in her holiday menus. I remember being so intrigued! I have yet to try it, and now you’ve inspired me.ReplyCancel

  • RochelleMay 27, 2011 - 11:57 am

    I finally can get my hands on beautiful fresh fish in quite a few different varieties, and I’m lucky enough that that includes salmon. Not only can I get fresh fish but I also can get it for fairly cheap (hooray for countries close to the ocean!) , making this recipe a no brainer for me to try (plus my quarter Norwegian heritage is screaming at me to do something from the homeland besides Lefse :D).ReplyCancel

  • ElianaMay 27, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    Swoon! This looks amazing Brian! One of the reasons why I love coming to your blog is because you do everything with such class and sophistication but without any fuss. And as fo NJ bagels being the best…I dunno about that Mister. NY bagels are the best baby.ReplyCancel

  • Meagan @ Scarletta BakesMay 27, 2011 - 2:17 pm


    Always yes to cheesecake and salmon.

    This looks absolutely lovely!ReplyCancel

  • BrooksMay 27, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    From the storytelling, to the photography and the finished dish…splendid in every way! My simple adaptation of this recipe would include 3 oz. of gin in a martini for the chef! :) Always enjoy visiting your thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • Mary @ Delightful BitefulsMay 27, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    This looks incredible! What a perfect dish for summer!

    Delightful BitefulsReplyCancel

  • chopinandmysaucepanMay 28, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    I love sushi too we get a fair bit of variety here in Sydney. Best of all, it’s healthy and yes, you can eat the whole boat and not feel guilty! :) :)ReplyCancel

  • MonetMay 30, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Maybe it is because I grew up in Texas and Colorado, but I haven’t had nearly enough cured fish in my lifetime. Your post made me realize how this needs to change! Thank you for sharing with me today! I hope you are having a lovely holiday. Have a week full of good food, laughter and love!ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 31, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Oh Brian! Your timing is perfect. We are getting a shipment of fresh salmon on Thursday, and I was tossing around the idea of curing of of it!! Thank you for the motivation to do so; you made it look so easy, and so delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleJune 10, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing the etymology of the word gravlax; it’s fascinating to see the foods that come out of hardship, the medieval version of gravlax reminds me a lot of hákarl, which is an Icelandic “delicacy” of fermented shark prepared in much the same way that gravlax was originally (look it up on wikipedia) which reeks of ammonia, and really isn’t very appealing. When we first started dating, my boyfriend tried this at a fundraiser for Iceland in a mock-Fear-Factor that had each table send up a participant to try various frightening Icelandic foods (think pickled bone, sheep testicles, etc). He was clearly aiming to impress, and to this day likes to rant about Icelandic food like hákarl. On the other hand he LOVES salmon in any form, but especially gravlax, so I was planning on making this for his upcoming birthday, so all the better that it has a bizzare connection to one of his least favorite foods.

    A quick question about the slicing procedure, do you just slice against the grain as thinly as possible, or is there more to it than that?ReplyCancel

  • Platanos Mangoes and MeJuly 12, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Well done. I make my own also, but I use vodka..trying gin next time….ReplyCancel

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  • Nelly RodriguezMay 22, 2011 - 12:16 am

    Darling, you have a beautiful family! And I love love arts and craft shows… I want that penguin butter dish!ReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoMay 22, 2011 - 12:36 am

    lovely crafts beautiful bowlsReplyCancel

  • DeebaMay 22, 2011 - 12:37 am

    What a gorgeous post and beautiful family. A wonderful way to spend the day. I am a sucker for ceramics and love each piece. So much depth and character. Oh, and I LOVE the geraniums too!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesMay 22, 2011 - 3:20 am

    I love those ceramic crafts…every single one is different. Thanks for sharing such a happy post!ReplyCancel

  • Jazz RulesMay 22, 2011 - 3:51 am

    Just another reason why the North Shore is so great. Wonderful photographs too! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 22, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Even in a different city in a different country there’s always room for Silent Sunday. Love the crafts and bowls and the families coming together for an outing. Great stuff!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetMay 22, 2011 - 7:20 am

    Looks like a wonderful day! We also were SO happy to get a little sunshine yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMay 22, 2011 - 7:51 am

    How fun to get your families together to enjoy the weather, crafts and eachothers company. Those geraniums are gorgeous – my mom always planted a bunch around her patio. Happy Sunday Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 22, 2011 - 8:34 am

    wow how fun! That pottery is awesome. I want a piece!ReplyCancel

  • FlaviaMay 22, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Love the pictures, Brian! Especially the ones of the ceramics. I really enjoy how you photograph local businesses and events. Your family is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksMay 22, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Those few days of sun are really welcome in your part of the world during the Spring months. Looks like a really fun event!ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeMay 22, 2011 - 9:18 am

    What a sweet picture of your family. The pottery is wonderful and I love your diptychs. I am trying to figure out how to do that!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelMay 22, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Dammit I wish I knew about that. It’s not exactly nearby but closer than Boston. I’d have loved those flowers or canisters. Looks like it was a fantastic day too!ReplyCancel

  • LirenMay 22, 2011 - 11:38 am

    I’m in pottery heaven! It would be so hard to resist buying all those gorgeous pieces. So glad you enjoyed a beautiful day at the fair :)ReplyCancel

  • Island VittlesMay 22, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    I want that butter dish with the penguin on top! You take great people pictures too — that group shot near the top is just gorgeous. Have a great Sunday…TheresaReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }May 22, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    What a perfect day with your family! Love, love the pottery! Great photos. Enjoy your Sunday! :-)ReplyCancel

  • YuriMay 22, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    Whoa I want every piece of pottery, beautiful! Look at your Gemini husband ;) God bless your family, Brian. xoxoReplyCancel

  • GloriaMay 22, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    Oh, how I miss the annual arts and craft fair! The pictures are beautiful and I hope to make it next year!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 22, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    Mmmmnnnn. . . I loves me some arts & crafts fair, especially when there is live banjo accompaniment

    La mariposa se va, la mariposa no venga.
    Sé como la golondrina, para que siempre regreses.ReplyCancel

  • MonetMay 22, 2011 - 11:37 pm

    This post made me smile. So many lovely faces…so much creativity. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful collection of pictures with me. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. You and your sweet blog always makes me smile, my Boston friend.ReplyCancel

  • kimberly (unrivaledkitch)May 23, 2011 - 1:27 am

    So beautiful! brunch and arts and crafts friends and family sounds like the perfect day.ReplyCancel

  • katMay 23, 2011 - 9:45 am

    love those pots with the squirrels on themReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshMay 23, 2011 - 10:32 am

    What a fun time – I love that pottery!ReplyCancel

  • SandeeAMay 23, 2011 - 11:06 am

    Wow! you make gorgeous pictures! and have a lovely family… Thank you for visiting my blog :)ReplyCancel

  • naomiMay 23, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    you know i’m a huge fan of your silent sundays. love the family pics. the whole series is so warm and inviting. it’s like tuning in every sunday to a favorite show.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 24, 2011 - 6:12 am

    It looks like such a bright spring day! (Can you somehow get those to return?) You really captured that essence perfectly.

    What an awesome festival! I spy some killer food props and plates and bowls!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 24, 2011 - 6:19 am

    Both sets of parents are as lovely as their children are. I would gp broke buying all that pottery! I’m with Nelly and love the penguin butter dish…adorable:DReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMay 24, 2011 - 9:41 am

    Wow everything looks so beautiful. I wish I could have gone to this fair! It’s just my kind of thing. :) Gorgeous photos once again. I can’t wait for the next Silent Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • Brooks at CakewalkerMay 24, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    Pictures really do say a thousand words…brilliant work here Mr. Samuels!ReplyCancel

  • ElleJune 7, 2011 - 10:44 am

    The day couldn’t have more gorgeous, could it? I love craft fairs like that one. I could spend a fortune. Beautiful photos, Brian, as always.ReplyCancel

Writing a food blog can be overwhelming.  The amount of work that it takes to create a post (and to do them on a consistent basis) — to write, shoot, edit, and then promote each entry — well, it can be a daunting task.  But I love the payoff, the stories and recipes that I not only get to share with all of you, but the experiences you all share with me.  That’s what continues to inspire me.

And inspiration is key in the food blogging world.  Without it, one can feel lost.

From time to time, I even feel blocked.  It can be the words, or the photographs, or the recipe… but something just isn’t right.  I’ll sit in front of my computer for hours, trying to make it work.  And when this happens, the only remedy is to go to my favorite food blogs and relish in their brilliance.

Now, I have a lot of sites that I read (most of which, but not all, are listed in my “Blog Love” section).  I enjoy them all for very different reasons.  I go to certain blogs for their photography, others for their marvelous writing and outstanding recipes.

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  • merry jenniferMay 18, 2011 - 7:03 am

    Green Kitchen Stories really is a beautiful blog. I’m so glad you’ve introduced me to it.
    The photos of the pesto are gorgeous – I love the bright green color.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki @ Wilde in the KitchenMay 18, 2011 - 7:18 am

    This sounds like such a fabulous pesto! I can only begin to imagine all of the things it would be great with. Great photographs to go along with a great post!ReplyCancel

  • AggieMay 18, 2011 - 7:20 am

    I can completely relate to all of your words. I could go weeks in a rut then suddenly feel like I’m going to explode with ideas!

    I recently bought a huge bag of broccoli at Costco & it’s starting to stress me out :) I also bought same huge bag of spinach & made pesto…I guess broccoli pesto is next :)ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeMay 18, 2011 - 7:23 am

    This looks delicious. I can think of so many ways to eat this and the colors are vibrant and so healthy looking. I agree, my blog has turned into something that takes so much more work than I ever imagined. It amazes me how much I am so passionate about it!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetMay 18, 2011 - 7:24 am

    I think that we all have writer’s block from time to time, but I also find great inspiration in other blogs! Wonderful looking recipe.ReplyCancel

  • A Plum By Any Other NameMay 18, 2011 - 7:26 am

    Completely agree. Keeping a food blog afloat can be so anxiety-producing. (Not to mention, deadly to maintaining a figure if you get into a dessert-touting kick.) ;) That said, it’s worth it. The source of inspiration from fellow bloggers is endless and the feedback is priceless. I love pesto as well, thanks for posting this fresh new twist!ReplyCancel

  • Kate from ScratchMay 18, 2011 - 7:30 am

    This looks wonderful. I’ve never had broccoli pesto before, but the recipes sounds delightful and definitely like something I would love. I may have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing. Your photos are gorgeous! Well done.ReplyCancel

  • anhsfoodblogMay 18, 2011 - 7:30 am

    Oh yes! I planned to make some brocolli pesto, too! You have inspired me further!ReplyCancel

  • The Café Sucré FarineMay 18, 2011 - 7:33 am

    I think I might have to make this just for the beautiful color! Great pictures and such a unique sounding recipe! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • bunkycooksMay 18, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Yes, it is definitely a daunting task to keep up with a blog. Inspiration many times for me comes from some time away from the computer, but I do agree that Green Kitchen Stories is a lovely blog, so I am glad that it has inspired you. :)ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 18, 2011 - 8:08 am

    I love the vibrant colors of this pesto. I’m planning on making some parsley pesto for lunch this afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 18, 2011 - 8:15 am

    I also love varieties of pesto but have never attempted one with broccoli before. This is vibrant and colourful and, I’m sure, delicious! These photos are beautiful too!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokieMay 18, 2011 - 8:27 am

    What a unique and awesome way to use broccoli. Over the years, I’ve learned you can make pesto with just about anything! But the green ones…those are always the prettiest! :-)

    Thanks for the heads up, I’m heading over to their blog now…ReplyCancel

  • Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMay 18, 2011 - 8:36 am

    I can totally see why Green Kitchen Stories is a favorite of yours. I’m not alergic to nuts but would love to try this with chickpeas. Your Blog Love list has terrific inspiration on it. And I always find inspiration from your posts and photos.ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetMay 18, 2011 - 8:42 am

    I loveeeee pesto. This is a fab idea brian. Must surely give it a try soon. :)ReplyCancel

  • YuriMay 18, 2011 - 9:11 am

    What have you done to me? Now I want to add all those blogs to my already crammed reader :) this pesto looks fantastic, so green and nutritious. Curious about the taste with both hazelnuts and roasted garbanzos… Happy Wednesday, Brian :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Lin AnnMay 18, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Sounds like a great place to go for inspiration, I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing this broccoli pesto recipe. I’ve made different pestos but haven’t tried broccoli. Very nice!ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshMay 18, 2011 - 9:44 am

    Like you, I’m a huge basil pesto fan, so I’d love to try this broccoli variation!ReplyCancel

  • JackyMay 18, 2011 - 9:56 am

    Your blog is undoubtedly an inspiration to me. The photos, the recipes, everything. This recipe is no exception. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Michael RichardsonMay 18, 2011 - 9:56 am

    This looks very good.Simple and tasty I guess you could do it with fresh garden peas or such.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 18, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Mmnnnn. . . I LOVES me some Broccoli, especially when it’s been pestinized.

    Cuando algo que hemos optado por hacer se convierte en una carga, tal vez sea el momento de elegir hacer otra cosa.ReplyCancel

  • Brooks at CakewalkerMay 18, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Thank you Sir for the introduction to Green Kitchen Stories…a fabulous website much like yours. I also appreciate your candor regarding the (at times) overwhelming aspects of putting together a blog post. Sometimes the thought behind it is just as important as the food.ReplyCancel

  • heatherMay 18, 2011 - 10:56 am

    I’m not even a full-time blogger, actually quite the slacker lately since we’re in the middle of moving cross-country, but I agree with you whole-heartedly about its propensity to overwhelm. You do fairly well to keep it together over there, though! And always gorgeous photos, delicious recipes — this post no different. I can see how broccoli, lemon and hazelnuts would work wonderfully together, and though I’m not allergic, the swap of chickpeas for hazelnuts is intriguing. When we’re settled I must give this a whirl in the food processor.



  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 18, 2011 - 11:54 am
  • GeorgieMay 18, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Beautiful & Brilliant! You’re one of my favorite bloggers! I’m so glad I stumbled upon you… I have learned so much with trying new ingredients, unique and incredibly yummy recipes, breathtaking photography and the chance to meet new friends.ReplyCancel

  • RavieNomNomsMay 18, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    THAT is fantastic!! Really…it is so genius I wish I would have thought of it myself haha. I will definitely be trying it in the near future though. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • BeckiMay 18, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Oh my gosh! I totally did the same thing during a December cooking demonstration, using Australian native nut, Macadamia nuts which have a naturally creamy texture.

    Definitely a winner and packed full of cruciferous goodness!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMay 18, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Honestly, I would have NEVER thought to use broccoli as the base for pesto, but it sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • MelissaMay 18, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    I came across their blog this week and fell in love with it. I love how they tell stories with their pictures. I tried broccoli pesto for the first time a few weeks ago and I loved it too. I used one from Supernatural Everyday. It has lots of possibilities! Gotta try this one next.ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupMay 18, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    We all get blocked. But when this pesto does the unblocking you know you have done something right! GREGReplyCancel

  • MeganMay 18, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    Is it bad that I immediately imagined putting this in a grilled cheese sandwich?ReplyCancel

  • RochelleMay 18, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    I understand all too well the amount of work that goes into a blog and then how disappointing it is when you loose inspiration to do something with it. I am always looking for new places to get inspiration from, so thank you for sharing a site you frequent so I too can become enamored with them!

    Oh and broccoli pesto? Brilliant :DReplyCancel

  • Wendy IreneMay 18, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    This month I am trying out a Vegan diet for the first time. I really appreciate you sharing this recipe because I need all the inspiration I can get :) Happy Wednesday!ReplyCancel

  • joleneMay 18, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    how long can i keep this pesto?ReplyCancel

  • Squash Blossom BabiesMay 18, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is brilliant!! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing the Green Kitchen blog, it’s great!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 18, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    I came over here as a study break and now you’ve given me even more material for distraction! Love it. Food blogging can definitely feel…suffocating…at times, always having to come up with new food, words, and photos…but it’s for this kind of inspiration that I keep coming back! Gorgeous pesto!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryMay 18, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    Sounds wonderful; I love the idea of using hazelnuts. Now that pinenuts have become so ridiculously expensive and I’ve found a source for purchasing hazelnuts in bulk…they are more likely to be in my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • PolaMMay 18, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    Never thought of putting broccoli in a mixer to transform in a pesto, but it sounds really good!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMay 18, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    This sounds fantastic… I make a lot of pesto during the summer, but never thought to use broccoli!ReplyCancel

  • Kate@DiethoodMay 18, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    I have never had a broccoli pesto – it sounds fantastic! Copy/paste onto my grocery list!ReplyCancel

  • I wonder if this would be a way to get my family to eat broccoli! I love how it is such a bright green – wonderful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • ShannonMay 18, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    love the sounds of this :) and since i haven’t been eating broccoli in awhile it’s especially enticing!!ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyMay 18, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    This sounds FANTASTIC! I’ve made spinach pesto before with cashews… so this would be right up my alley!ReplyCancel

  • kitaMay 18, 2011 - 7:30 pm

    I hate when we fall into those ruts. Thank goodness for all the other beautiful sites to help motivate us! I’ve been on a huge pesto kick lately, and the idea of a broccoli based one has my eye brows raised. Can’t wait to tryReplyCancel

  • BestfoodiesMay 18, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    I typically don’t like pesto but do love broccoli and this sounds like a good replacement for dishes that would normally need pesto! I love all of your great photos!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESMay 18, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    this is really great Brian – love it, love it, love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckMay 18, 2011 - 10:45 pm

    You are so right about the extremes of food blogging – the wonderful highs of creating new recipes, taking photos and putting the post together and the times when you draw a blank and feel as though you need a break. Whatever you do, please don’t ever stop. You have a wonderful blog and this broccoli pesto recipe from one of your favorites looks fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • kankanaMay 18, 2011 - 11:01 pm

    I started blogging in Jan this year and never knew that this will become such an important part of my life . It sure does take such a lot of time and effort and when the post is published and people share their thoughts.. all those long hours with the camera and in front of the laptop pays off :)
    I love steam broccoli and that’s the way we mostly enjoy .. and hubby likes it only that way. But I like pesto sauce and make it with lots of greens .. so am gonna try this sometime for sure !ReplyCancel

  • YesimMay 19, 2011 - 5:44 am

    it s really creative. i m sure taste s great.. i saw on tv in a food programme that one guy made pesto with nettle and everybody loved it..ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethMay 19, 2011 - 7:58 am

    This looks and sounds wonderful. I’m not a fan of raw broccoli on its own but I think I would love it blended like this. Also, big fan of GKS. Except, sometimes I kind of don’t believe their life is real. Who spends several months traveling the world with a baby?! And cooking gorgeous food and blogging about it all the while?! Can you tell I’m jealous? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenMay 19, 2011 - 8:46 am

    Oh I love their site as well, it’s a beautiful place to find inspiration. I’ve made broccoli pesto before but never with hazelnuts like this version.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 19, 2011 - 10:16 am

    Hi sweet Bri-Your post expressed what I think we all feel from time to time. What I feel recently. This is stunning…stunning broccoli! Only you:)My MIL makes a pesto w/broccoli. She also makes a wonderful sauce w/cauliflower (no basil), and it is wonderful w/pasta. Simple and delizioso! I have to check out that cool blog-thanks for talking abou them!ReplyCancel

  • ChristyMay 20, 2011 - 7:56 am

    What a lovely pesto, and thanks for recommending another blog for me to read/follow too!:)
    I liked what you mentioned about the blogging part, and how we enjoy the blogging part (and also meeting different people virtually, yet forging a strong and lasting friendship for the rest of our lives:)/
    I do have a long list of blogs I follow, and some of them have become personal friends, and like you, I try to go through them each day, and sometimes it is for various reasons and also the mood I am in that I go to certain blogs (not being biased at all, of course). There are just times when you enjoy just the photography and sometimes, I just want to read and enjoy the photos at the same time:)
    Ahhhhh…the life of being a blogger, I just find it fascinating and fulfilling at the same time, and I hope I can be a writer one day too:DReplyCancel

  • DanaMay 20, 2011 - 8:17 am

    This seems like the perfect recipe for foodblog writer’s block…. so creative!ReplyCancel

  • Cookie and KateMay 20, 2011 - 8:50 am

    Oh yum! I just posted an arugula and walnut pesto on my blog. I’ll have to try your broccoli pesto next! I can’t wait to make traditional basil pesto later this summer… My favorite!ReplyCancel

  • UrvasheeMay 20, 2011 - 7:07 pm

    I just discovered your wonderful blog! I love this idea of broccoli pesto. I’m not a fan of broccoli usually but when it’s mixed with the right things I’m happy to eat it. Can’t wait to try this out.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyMay 21, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    Gosh, you’re the sweetest. I totally know what you mean about sometimes feeling stuck or needing inspiration. Lately, I’ve been turning to cookbooks more for that (Plenty, btw! You would love it!) but blogs have this in spades! I saw their post on this broccoli pesto but this is the one that’s convinced me that I must try it.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceMay 23, 2011 - 12:49 am

    Love broccoli pesto. I like to toss a few spoonfuls with cooked farro. Add tender broccoli florets, toasted almonds, sliced avocado and chile oil to make one tasty entree. My version uses almonds, but I think I might try hazelnuts next time! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • JuanitaMay 23, 2011 - 7:33 am

    I agree, writing a blog can be overwhelming. One thing I appreciate about it, though, is that it’s made me appreciate the visual of food so much more. I’m more careful to arrange food artfully, or cut cake carefully now :-)ReplyCancel

  • Maggie at Eat BoutiqueMay 23, 2011 - 11:51 am

    I cannot wait to try this recipe – I love broccoli anything. :)ReplyCancel

  • David & LuiseMay 23, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    Wow Brian, thank you SO MUCH for your incredibly kind words!
    We are glad that we inspire you, but quite honestly we get just as much inspiration from you.
    The world of blogging truly is amazing. It sure takes A LOT of effort creating each post, but it always gives so much back when you read the comments or see your recipe on another blog.
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • naomiMay 23, 2011 - 6:49 pm

    LOVE this recipe and great a post. I agree, blogging isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s alot work and often times like you I am inspired by my fellow bloggers – you being one of them. :)

    Thank you for sharing David&Luise’s blog-they’ve been added to my Google Reader.ReplyCancel

  • saraMay 26, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    how sweet. Their blog is great and I love how they let you in to their lives, feels so personal. Wonderful photos, too, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • ElianaMay 27, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    Food Blogging can be daunting indeed but your blog provides a constant source of inspiration for me. Love you Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea@cleanupandeatupMay 27, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    What a grand idea! I love pesto but have never thought to make it with broccoli! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • DaisyMay 15, 2011 - 12:11 am

    Your beautiful photographs have transported me from my couch to a favorite south end restaurant!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezMay 15, 2011 - 12:24 am

    sigh, new england how much I miss you. lobster rolls….drool. gorgeous pictures as always :)ReplyCancel

  • JessicaMay 15, 2011 - 1:21 am

    All I have to say is that these are gorgeous photos. Love all the dishes too!ReplyCancel

  • Hester aka The Chef DocMay 15, 2011 - 2:20 am

    God, Brian, you make me really jealous of you living on the East Coast. You’ve captured such amazing beauty with your stunning photographs! I want some oysters now… PRONTO :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetMay 15, 2011 - 7:15 am

    Gorgeous! We had dinner at B&G when we were in Boston a few months ago and the food was wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Kate from ScratchMay 15, 2011 - 8:08 am

    I love your photographs. Amazingly beautiful. Truly.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMay 15, 2011 - 8:16 am

    Brian, Boston has more great dining spots than I ever would have imagined. I love lobster rolls and oysters and these pictures have been weak for a seafood spot. Love Sundays!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ Baked by RachelMay 15, 2011 - 9:43 am

    mmm those onion rings and fries! beautiful shots as always!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsMay 15, 2011 - 9:58 am

    I agree those fries I wasnt some for breakgast!! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Boulder LocavoreMay 15, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Beautiful! A great view to start the day, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Snippets of ThymeMay 15, 2011 - 11:40 am

    These photos are great! That fried squid looks delicious. I would love to try out some restaurant shots.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie at Eat BoutiqueMay 15, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Really lovely, Brian. One of my favorite spots in Boston! I may have to go there tonight for dinner now…ReplyCancel

  • Laurie@Food is LoveMay 15, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Brian, you make me hungry for home. Remind me of B&G when I come up in June, please…! I will so love the exquisite Lobster roll and of just right crispy Calamari! Wow!!ReplyCancel

  • fooddreamerMay 15, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    I haven’t been to B&G, but now it’s on my list!ReplyCancel

  • CeliaMay 15, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    This has me jumping out of my seat with excitement about moving to Boston for the summer next week…watch out, fishies! Totally going to hit up B&G as part of my seafood binge…keep the pics and recs coming.ReplyCancel

  • LirenMay 15, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    I seriously need to plan a trip to Boston. Those oysters and lobster rolls are calling my name.ReplyCancel

  • serena @bigapplenoshMay 15, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    YUM. Looks absolutely amazing, and great atmosphere too :)ReplyCancel

  • Jason PhelpsMay 15, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    As always a great photo journey!


  • SuesMay 15, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    B&G’s lobster rolls are amazing!! Can’t wait to spend some time hanging out here this summer :)ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 15, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    Bri-This all looks wonderful ! I am craving lobster rolls. I can’t stop thinking about your fabulous lobster rolls post. Hope you and Eeic had a great weekend:)ReplyCancel

  • YuriMay 15, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    Every Sunday you take me with you to all these wonderful places. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photography with us. Wishing I had a glass of bubbly right now :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • elizabethMay 15, 2011 - 9:17 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous, as always! You need to come down to NYC and visit Zabar’s if you haven’t already. The smoked mussels are…a revelation. Especially with fresh horseradish.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 16, 2011 - 8:09 am

    B&G has the BEST lobster roll in the city!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For LivingMay 16, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    How is it possible that I am JUST finding your blog?! Gorgeous photos in this post. I adore B & G, and plan to visit again soon.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMay 16, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    Lovely photos! I need to add this place to my agenda the next time I’m in Boston :)ReplyCancel

  • Jazz RulesMay 16, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    B&G’s lobster roll is one of the best in the city!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 17, 2011 - 12:04 am

    Mmnnnn. . . I LOVES me some oysters, especially when they are silent and don’t try to talk back before I shuck them!

    Las ostras son las perlas del mar.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyMay 17, 2011 - 12:05 am

    Oh, I have a weakness for oysters. And Brian – while there was so much value to the workshop with Penny, I think you kind of operate from a similar place as her, that intersection of food and culture.ReplyCancel

  • JoytiMay 17, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    I have a sudden craving for garlicy fries and lobster. Your photographs are amazing – they make me feel as if I am in the scene, you make the places and food come to life. I can smell the salt air, hear the hushed voices and laughter in the restaurant…ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 19, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    Thanks for making me HUNGRY!

    Oh, Brian, I think I need to check this place out. That lobster roll looks amazing, and I am always up for slurping some oysters. Gorgeous photos!!!!ReplyCancel