Recipes Ten Thousand Picnics, One Custard Baklava

Our extended cold, damp spring was all forgiven this past weekend. For those of us who stuck around for the holiday, three glorious days of sunshine, blue skies and idyllic chirping birds reminded us that New York can actually be a pleasant place to live. From my informal survey of city parklands, I estimate there were roughly oh, somewhere in the neighborhood of ten thousand picnics happening around the city this weekend.

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Q. What is Kritamo?
Recipes Q. What is Kritamo?

I recently found myself with a vegetable on my desk wondering, “What is kritamo?” You, dear reader, may have the same question. Is kritamo: A. Wild rock fennel. B. Briny, Grecian shoreline weed C. Exclusive Whole Foods weed. D. All of the above. Yup. It’s all that and more! Kritamo (also known as rock fennel, sea beans, salicornia or samphire), is the Greek word for a wild seaside herb that’s reportedly a bit difficult to harvest and transport.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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