According to the CDC’s latest report on powerhouse fruits and vegetables both Romaine lettuce and Collard greens are top ten veggies. Better for you than Kale. This riff on the classic Caesar has zing and crunch and a hundred shades of green. The crispy collard greens are snackable on their own but I love the […]
Sliced and Slow Roasted Rosemary Potatoes Roast these deliciously easy potatoes low and slow for the first 15-20 minutes while assembling the rest of your meal and then pull them out, flip them over and finish them at a higher heat right before you serve. These make a great side or, served with a bit […]
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 […]
This classic milk dough makes soft and tender dinner rolls or hamburger buns. Easily freezable. And bonus your house smells like fresh baked bread AKA comfort and joy. I love the smell of fresh-baked bread it reminds me of childhood and my mother and being warm when it’s cold outside. And as the year comes […]
Enjoy these herb packed sweet potato cakes redolent with softly poached garlic as a side or top with an egg for a quick and easy nutritious and paleo friendly breakfast. Lull time, adrift between Christmas and New Years. The desire to get some projects done so that they don’t have to become resolutions fights with […]
Peppery arugula (or rocket, if you prefer) greens lightly tossed with a festive, tangy cranberry pomegranate vinaigrette. Temper with savory, crunchy croutons and my favorite hard cheese- Pecorino Romano. Add a side of cured salami and this salad is dressed to impress. It’s Christmas Eve and I’m teetering on the edge of having some holiday […]
Bright and tangy Vietnamese style ground pork redolent with the scent of spice and citrus, delicious as burgers or as the filling for rice paper appetizer rolls. Served with avocado and quick pickled carrots and red onions. No dipping sauce required.
Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Potato Salad. I never follow a recipe. And my lunches are the better for it. Always familiar but never exactly the same. I suppose there is a sort of recipe floating in my head; the key components that without would make the salad seem incomplete. The rhythm, the back beat.
Add cheese in the second stage of cooking and transform these fresh homemade tortillas, made with 100% whole wheat pastry flour, into delicious yup you made that quesadillas.
Smoked paprika, fresh ground black pepper, roasted green chilies, and healthy sized chunks of cheddar cheese make these biscuits assertive enough to take on bully eggs or aloof winter soups. I remember three things about high school home economics: chocolate chip cookies to warm up the room in winter and getting a “D” in […]
Sit down at the keyboard with no plan, no plot, no character living on the edge of your brain and scratching to get in. Write a scene with no dialog, very little action, and long rambling descriptions of scenery. Bore even yourself. Netflix, Netflix, Netflix Begin to think about baking. Remember all the baked goods […]
Leftover cornbread seasoned with a bit of chile powder and cumin and pan fried until crispy, farm fresh eggs, roasted green chilies, and sharp cheddar cheese. More of a suggestion than a recipe: an answer to what to do with leftover cornbread. And no matter how delicious an entire pan of cornbread is just […]
Fresh green beans and chanterelle mushrooms baked in parchment with garlic and fresh herbs. Dusted with parmesan, dabbed with butter, and drizzled with a touch of cream and white wine. I love it when a plan comes together. I came up with this idea while fighting my way through the pre-Thanksgiving crowds at the grocery […]
Let’s continue with cranberries. I can’t resist. I love this time of year when bags of fresh cranberries are prominently displayed at my favorite market. I’m not even making Thanksgiving dinner this year but that won’t stop me. This most simple version of fresh cranberry relish is wonderful with cream cheese on a toasted […]
“What’s that?” Her hands are covered in butter but she’s scratching her nose oblivious and the cabinet doors are also buttered and floured- ready to bake. The homey scent of apple and onion floats around her like a homespun halo. She turns towards you and repeats the question, the tip of her nose decidedly not dairy […]
Spicy jalapeño and green chilies mixed with cream cheese and topped with pepper jack, sweet hot peppers, a perfectly baked egg, avocado, and cilantro. inspired by Leite’s Culinaria Breakfast Pizza Recipe You start with a grey morning. Low clouds lick the remaining leaves on the trees making them glisten and drip. A warm bed abandoned, cool […]
A motley crew of hot peppers have been hanging out in my produce drawer for a few weeks now. Top of the to-do list two weekends running. Today I had enough. Today I couldn’t take it anymore. Today I made homemade hot sauce. I’m giving you a recipe but realize that my ingredients were what […]
The tomatoes have finally arrived. After seemingly endless weeks of staring at green tomatoes things have finally started to turn. Straight up, on the rocks, I want to put them in everything. These biscuits are tasty on their own and over the top with gravy. I made a sausage gravy with tomatillos and cilantro […]
I was going to post this recipe weeks ago, even though the pictures were taken with my phone, because it turned out exactly how I imagined it in my head. I’ve never made a pesto with a soft cheese before but it worked. Creamy, substantial and satisfying.
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 love my food processor, we have processed a lot of food together. But the top two are easily pastry crusts and pesto. I’ll pesto almost anything. My pestos never have nuts but that mostly has to do with my nut allergy and that pine nuts are so insanely expensive. I know that there […]
Strawberries are almost in season here. At the very least they are now arriving from California not Mexico. Baby steps toward spring. Though I guess we are already entering spring’s second stage here. Daffodils have given way to tulips and the lilacs are just starting to bloom. I have a confession. I didn’t follow a […]
Kicking it old school today. I’ve had Pomegranate Molasses on the brain and tongue and an occasional fingerprint on a cabinet door (it’s sticky stuff). All this thinking about pomegranate molasses got me nostalgic for the salad wherein I learned to like beets
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 […]
Sunny weekend. Fuel needed for yard work. My usual craving for cheese. I could eat cheese with every meal. Quick forage through the refrigerator. Oh look there’s that half of an avocado that I forgot about. Perhaps this was extra delicious because it was the first meal of the season eaten Al Fresco- out under […]
The Pillsbury Bake Off deadline for submissions is approaching and my brain is jumbled with ingredients haikus: limited ingredients, limited time, and an unexpected twist at the end. Buttermilk Biscuits and an item from list B Million dollar wow Last night I was standing outside watching the moon blur and sharpen with the passing clouds, […]
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 […]
What is it about Macaroni and Cheese? It’s my happy food. My all better now snack. My I can’t decided what to make for dinner dinner. I even like the vegan variety which, in truth, tastes nothing at all like mac and cheese but is still comforting just in its similarity.
No one taught me how to make pie crust (or pate brisee). Throughout my twenties I viewed pastry crust as a mysterious shadow figure made by others, crafted only by people who wore aprons. I’m no expert but, despite my ineptitude and impatience, my food processor allows me to make consistently flakey and tasty […]
I first had a variation of this years ago at a restaurant in Brooklyn. Over the years it has varied depending on the veggies on hand. Always onion. Red pepper only when organic is on sale. I love the combo of flavors and textures. A little creamy a bit of crunch- heat from the harissa, […]
Sunday night and the refrigerator is a jumbled mess of leftovers. Just a cup of this or a bowl of that, one sausage link– all the little bits that are apparently only visible when I open the refrigerator and immediately disappear if anyone else goes hunting for a snack. I guess it’s time for a […]
Tarts are one of my favorite things. Flakey buttery crust and what ever happens to be in season/in the fridge for filling. I don’t want to get into a debate about how to make the flakiest crust, okay, maybe I do- but I’m pretty entrenched, I’d need physical proof to convince me that there […]
What to do when the morning has slipped away and guests are stopping by at any moment but whip up some muffins. Because nothing says welcome like the scent of fresh baked goods. Luckily I’m the kind of gal who keeps sun-dried tomatoes on hand- ‘just in case’
Ah, happy accidents. I knew I wanted to make savory monkeybread. Red and green chilies for the holiday season, perhaps a cornmeal dough to compliment the southwest flavors. The recipe I decided to adapt for the dough was for rolls, I knew there was going to be way more dough than I needed. I’ll make […]
I made these ages ago and I took pictures and I never take pictures of all the steps because I get caught up in the moment and my fingers get dirty and there are already enough food smudges on my electronic devices. But I did take a whole slew of pictures because this really […]