On Friday I received my new copy of Fine Cooking, a magazine that I generally love. But it did nothing to raise my spirits this time. Outside it was 102 degrees and inside we were dragging around, thankful for air conditioning but too hot and cranky to want anything but watermelon for dinner.
Haven't these people heard of immediate gratification? There was nothing in the magazine that I even wanted to think about until the temperature drops 40 degrees. Besides roast turkey, we got articles on brussels sprouts, chili and beets. By the time fall actually comes, this magazine will be long disappeared into my piles of lost ships.
While I was leafing through the magazine I came upon a recipe that mystified me. It called for "1 tsp. green cardamom pods, cracked, black seeds removed and pods discarded." What's left?