Tangy, sweet, hot and cheesy: Lean ground beef tossed with pickles and pickled peppers and cheddar cheese and then griddled in dark rye bread with even more cheese and spicy brown mustard. Last week was grilled cheese week at our house. No one complained. The excuse? The Wisconsin cheese board hosts an annual contest and […]
Pan crisped sharp cheddar cheese and corn tortilla topped with spicy black beans, egg, and avocado. I’m struggling to find the perfect way to describe this dish, the melding of texture and flavor, the balance between sharp and smooth, acid, heat and creamy cool. The combination is classic for a reason but there was […]
Crispy hash browns and buttery shiitake mushrooms layered with fresh chives for a burst of green and soft onion flavor. The eggs are cooked on top so that the whites sneak into the crevices and just begin to crisp. Add some hot sauce and arugula for a one pan meal that fills you up without […]
What to do when the last few bananas go past the eating stage? Start dreaming of banana cream pie. What to do when someone who has a different idea of too ripe eats one of those bananas ? Start dreaming of fritters. Bite sized, heavy on the vanilla and banana with just a hint of […]
Quick and delicious Individual Irish Soda breads slathered with chive butter. Made without eggs and kneaded in the food processor these rolls, adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, are as quick as biscuits but as versatile as yeasted bread. Feeling Lucky: on finding four-leaf clovers For my fifth and sixth grade years we […]
Buttery sweet potatoes slow cooked with onion and jalapeño. A simple one-dish breakfast you can make on your stove top.
Baked in cast iron, like so many of the best things are, this pie that isn’t really a pie and only bears a corn kernel’s resemblance to a tamale is satisfying slightly spicy comfort food at it’s simplest. I have been craving Frito Pie but I know that it will never taste as good […]
I own a lot of cookbooks but there is only one that is tattered and torn, with bookmarks made from scraps of paper scrawled with recipes shoved between the pages of almost every section, that is the Joy of Cooking. Almost all the staples, the pancakes, the cornbread, started there, those recipes are how I […]
Be still my blueberry heart Biscuit dough subtly scented with vanilla wrapped around blueberry cardamom filling, baked until bubbling. A heart shaped box filled with fruity blueberry love and cardamom. We had this for breakfast but each bite reminded me of shortcake and summer, eating dinner while the sun is still golden on the tips […]
Tender whole wheat yogurt biscuits topped with a silky, flavorful shiitake mushroom gravy. So good and just enough for two. Biscuits do not make good leftovers. But the beauty of the biscuit is you don’t have to make a whole batch. You can be baby bear about your biscuits, always just right. I, on the […]
There is something so satisfying about a deep dish quiche baked in cast iron. The tender crunch of a savory black pepper olive oil crust stuffed with hearty bites of ham and melty sharp cheddar cheese. Simple enough for a week night meal. Impressive enough for guests. Gratifying for even the hungriest diner. Serve with […]
I was hungry when I took these pictures. Breakfast had veered dangerously close to lunch. Hangry. Not thinking straight. Beneath that carefully placed egg is a delicate citrus infused patty made with quinoa and rice. It’s really the star of this show but I hid it underneath that egg. There were three more patties. Three […]
I must be getting old, I’m craving greens for St. Patrick’s day. Spring greens. Chives from the garden. Watercress from the farmers market. Avocados from Mexico. Though I’ve always considered it a stay at home holiday- roving bands of amateur drunks scare me. I’m happy to stay home and worry not one whit whether I’ll […]
Holidays or anytime Apple Tarte Tatin baked in cast iron and made with a quick to assemble food processor Pate Brisee Dough is the dessert you can make while doing other things.
Straight forward, simple, and forgiving of interruptions. My father used to make this when I was a kid. Not for us, for him. So the memories I have of this dish are visual not gustatory, not that most kids want to try leafy greens and eggs- even with cheese melted all over the top. But […]