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10/06/17 2:00pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO Cauliflower gratin

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO
Cauliflower gratin

Steamed vegetables of any sort never did much for me.

Steaming is certainly one of least caloric ways to prepare them, but if given the choice, I like to cook most vegetables with some type of fat.

I still have grim memories of my middle school cafeteria, where uninspired ladles of steamed, mushy cauliflower were regularly unloaded onto our Styrofoam plates. I also remember the face of the cook doling them out. (more…)

09/01/17 8:00am
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Savory corn soufflé

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Savory corn soufflé

This is some time of year for corn lovers. Go to any good farm stand and you’ll find delicious stalks of the stuff in total abundance. Like asparagus in spring or pumpkins in fall, corn is one of those late summer foods that just doesn’t taste the same any other time of year. Basic steamed corn on the cob with butter, salt and pepper is by far the easiest preparation, but I think Island Bites readers are ready for something requiring just a little more finesse.  (more…)

06/09/17 2:00pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Sicilian pan pizza

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Sicilian pan pizza

Of all the things I tell people I’ve cooked, nothing evokes more of a reaction than pizza. Not soufflés. Not the temperamental hollandaise. Not even a delicate consommé of shellfish. Nope. It’s pizza. It’s become apparent to me that the thought of making pizza from scratch terrifies most home cooks. So I thought it would be a good time to set the record straight. (more…)