Do you really need a recipe for roasted spicy sweet potatoes? Maybe not. Let this serve as a reminder instead. Sweet potatoes are awesome, sweet potatoes are easy, sweet potatoes are pretty and quick, and, even pretty quick. And if you do want a recipe I’ve got one of those for you too. If you […]
The pomegranate seeds fooled him. “It’s dessert,” he said. “I’ll eat it last.” It’s onions,” I said. “Onion salad, try it now.” He waited. He ate onion salad for dessert. I like it with rice. As a side for dumplings or grilled shrimp. Not dessert. Salting the onions and allowing them to sweat it out […]
Like all the best recipes these easy sautéed mushrooms allow for substitutions and modifications. chanterelles out of season? shiitakes too darn expensive? cremini cramping your style? switch it out. just follow a few basic principles and you have a most simple, delicious, easy and satisfying side dish or garnish. Bonus points for being vegan and […]
Dead simple and delicious, marionberry or blackberry hard cider poached pears served with luscious honey whipped cream.
What’s more comforting on a cold autumn evening than roasted winter squash? Mostly savory with just a little bit of sweet, this stuffed acorn squash can be an easy weeknight meal or the centerpiece of a delicious vegetarian feast. The sweet and creamy nature of the squash is balanced with a dose of ancient grains […]
Deliciously easy sweet peppers and onions roasted with balsamic vinegar
Some may see this as a desperate attempt to make something other than enchiladas or salsa verde with my bounty of tomatillos but I’m going to stick with sort of genius. Not full on genius, that’s reserved for novels that make me both laugh and cry, math with all sorts of symbols, and world peace. […]
Nothing cools on a sultry summer night like this easy to assemble coconut panna cotta- dairy free and not too sweet it’s the more sophisticated and relaxed grown up version of jello you’ve been waiting for. A dessert with the tang of fresh lime, tropical back notes of banana and coconut milk, and just the […]
This quick and easy mushroom salt is the umami addition to all your favorite savory treats that you wonder why you haven’t tried yet. So quick and easy you can whip up a batch in under five minutes and start spreading it with flair. Go ahead, be the mushroom salt bae. This mushroom salt can […]
Crispy potato wedges breaded with a flavorful mixture of mushroom salt and garbanzo flour then baked to crispy goodness. These Jo-Jos are flavorful enough to eat on their own but oh so addictive when served with ranch dressing (I’ve included my favorite quick and easy off the cuff Ranch dip in the recipe below) Jo-Jos […]
A rhubarb jam where rhubarb is the star. With half the sugar of the recipe that inspired it this not too sweet rhubarb refrigerator jam is addictive on toast or waffles and is the perfect filling for pop tarts or a slab pie. You would think by now I would learn to always write things […]
A bright coconut curry seafood stew with the added comforts of a hearty new england clam chowder. I plan our meals around what’s on sale at the supermarket this week, read the fliers and plot things out. This week- rockfish, asparagus (I try to buy local but right around now I reach maximum tolerance for […]
Up your luck in the new year by adding greens. If the only collards you’ve ever had have been thick cut and slow stewed it my come as a surprise that they are also delicious barely cooked or even raw, you don’t even have to add pork. That’s right these are vegan and like all […]
These easy to make and easy to scale pickled sweet hot cherry bomb peppers are my go to put on everything condiment. Hot and just a little sweet they add a burst of color and flavor to pizza, pasta, salads, or a a charcuterie platter. You can make a single batch- just one jar!- as […]
Do you want a commentary about grits or blue cheese? How much I love savory grits? How in NYC I would describe grits as southern polenta and when I worked in Arizona I told people polenta was Italian grits? Nah?! I thought not. Accompaniments coming soon. Creamy Blue Cheese Grits ingredients 2 cups […]
Persephone leaves the underworld with four pomegranate seeds in her belly. Seeds of winter. She can still taste the fruit, remember how she struggled to stop at just four, licked the bright juice from her fingers, tasted the red stain on her lips. But without fall there can be no spring, without bare branches there […]
Green Chile Tomatillo Corn Chowder It’s that time of year, when the sun sits lower in the sky and the golden haze of morning lasts well past my first cup of coffee. The nights are cool but the days are still sunny and warm. Out in the garden or in the stands at the farmers’ […]
Turn that water into wine. Add sweet summer berries, and you have a warm weather dessert that’s just a little sweet and just a little boozy. A palette cleanser if you will, something to wash away the memory of potluck desserts or that hangover in a Dixie cup disguised as a childhood snack. For the […]
Salsa verde using fresh romaine lettuce is so simple and, well, obvious that I can’t believe I didn’t try this years ago. It’s in the arsenal of non recipe recipes now. Bright and tangy I ate this easy salsa verde on a few corn tortillas with melted sharp cheddar cheese but I can see it […]
Cauliflower Fried “Rice” A quick, delicious, grain-free stir fry. Add egg and call it paleo. Add tofu and call it vegan. Add an extra swirl of siracha and call it spicy. Just don’t call it Sue. As someone allergic to cashews I have a healthy fear of food in quotes. “Sour cream” almost sent me […]
Like so many recipes originated in restaurants the secret ingredient here is butter- that’s all classic buffalo wing sauce is, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and melted butter. The premade sauce uses oil and butter flavor. We can do better than that. I’m not trying to get fancy or buck tradition but served any other way […]
Pan Fried Brussel Sprouts with crispy garlic and all those resolutions left unresolved. You have not heard from me because I vowed to post every day for ten days straight and failing that I have not posted at all. I’ve thought about it, taken a stray photo or two, berated myself, vowed to do better, […]
When I was a little girl being sick meant Mom would bring me ginger ale and hot lemon and honey to sooth my throat. It meant staying home from school and watching Perry Mason and the Price is Right on daytime television, Mom’s cool hand on my hot forehead. Comfort. Love. Like christmas being sick […]
Bright autumn leaves, the sun low in the sky, the desire to hoard foodstuffs for winter, a sudden craving for soup, not writing that novel but feeling guilty about it every single day. It must be November. Green Cherry Tomato Refrigerator Pickles Another summer over and it’s time to pickle the last of the cherry […]
Bright and briny with a subtle heat and just a little sweet this homemade harissa has what I want for a catch-all hot sauce and condiment for everything from eggs and sandwiches to party dip or pasta. I spend my free fall time storing up for winter- pickling green tomatoes, plotting for thanksgiving, making hot […]
These crackers don’t mess around. Like the man who came up with the recipe they are not a mindless snack, they require some chewing. Chock full of flavor and fiber and adaptable up to a point, a batch takes some time (mostly unattended) but these addictive snacks are worth it. Wally, my Dad, would make […]
Fresh Tomato Salsa or Pico de Gallo A few months ago I realized that even when vine ripened tomatoes were over two dollars a pound it was still cheaper to make my own fresh salsa rather than buy it pre-made. Now that the tomatoes in my garden are coming I don’t even have to do […]
Garden Harvest Chilled Cucumber Soup Basil, Cucumber, Sweet and Spicy Red Peppers combine to make a delightfully cool and refreshing summer soup. It’s taken a month of extreme hot to get me to warm up to chilled soups. After a weekend filled with showers (never thought I’d hear Portlanders gleefully exclaiming “RAIN” on any weekend […]
One bowl, one pan: one amazing dense and rich dark chocolate cake. This baby was flourless before gluten free was cool. The brown butter and the deep berry notes of the unsweetened chocolate make this marvelously chocolately and not too sweet. Delicious on its own sprinkled with a bit of confectioners sugar or serve with […]
Harissa Chicken Lettuce Wraps with spicy cucumber salad Lettuce wraps are one of those meals that when I remember to make them make me wonder why I’m not eating these things all the time. There is something inherently satisfying about protein wrapped in lettuce, satisfaction in the taste and texture department with a bit of […]
Not too sweet and spiced how you want them these simple to make gluten free graham style crackers are delicious on their own and amazing in pie crusts.
Buttery sweet potatoes slow cooked with onion and jalapeño. A simple one-dish breakfast you can make on your stove top.
The chicken: crisp flavorful skin, tender fall off the bone meat. The red cabbage: bright, cheery, and full of antioxidants- like a velvet painting of a sunset if velvet paintings were tangy tasty. Three minutes of prep. Paleo, if that’s your thing. Simple and easy and ready in 40 minutes, if that’s your thing.
May. Suddenly spring veering toward summer. A garden to plant. Warm sunny days and days where the weather changes every ten minutes. And two weeks where nothing went as planned. Not in the kitchen and not out in the real world. Nothing earth shatteringly good or bad just not as planned.
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 […]