There is something immensely satisfying about baking something that is both beautiful and tasty, add two notches of oh yeah for using up some garden fresh tomatoes. With just a whisper of sweet, this mostly savory skillet cornbread does double duty as a summer tomato upside down cake. Whether you call it cornbread or corn […]
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 […]
Most days tortillas are one of the few items I give myself permission to buy pre-made, but some days call for homemade, for the flavor and slight imperfections of made from scratch. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a perfectly round tortilla lacks the flavor found in a tortilla just slightly off center. Sure, […]
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 simple side, delicious with coconut curry seafood chowder or with any asian inspired main course. This asparagus came from Mexico because by February buying local kale and collards has become repetitive, boring, blah. I’m ready for spring, for asparagus, strawberries, tulips. For a few days it seemed spring was just around the corner, short […]
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 […]
Imagine a fall day when the leaves have suddenly turned and the sky is blue and the ground is a blanket of gold dappled with orange and red. Imagine bread both familiar and exotic, a soft loaf with the nutty hint of sesame, the golden glow of turmeric, a little spice, a little comfort. […]
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 […]
Pumpkin Ice Cream ingredients adapted from David Liebovitz 1 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 cups milk (whole or 2%) 1/3 cup granulated sugar pinch of salt 6 egg yolks 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 […]
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 […]
Pumpkin without the sugar and spice. Savory snacks for short days and long nights. Roast your own squash and heat up the kitchen (plus, bonus! pepitas!) I love it when a plan (doesn’t) come together. I lie. I had a vision of what I was going to make with the tiny pumpkins I’ve been growing in […]
Bite sized bits of tangy blue cheese and pasta served with a subtly spicy classic Buffalo dipping sauce. These addictive little bites will be what I bring to the potluck this year. I hear there is a football game this weekend. Football and snacks are intrinsically connected- this could be a scathing commentary on the […]
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, […]
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 […]
I rarely make creamy coleslaw; it reminds me of too many unwanted sides at restaurants, sad little plastic dishes filled with soggy mayo coated cabbage of unknowable age. I should know better. Once upon a time people must have asked for slaw on the side because it was fresh and crisp and cool, the perfect […]
Tender moist cornbread swirled with fresh strawberries and honey. The strawberries, in addition to adding a whole new level of yum to the scent of baking cornbread are also the perfect foil for a tangy vinegar barbecue sauce. Delicious slathered with butter and topped with some of the remaining strawberry sauce. Sub this out for […]
Fresh Strawberry Biscuits with Basil Butter Biscuits, tender and buttery: strawberries two ways- roasted, sweet and softly perfumed and fresh, tangy, bright and perfectly balanced with just a hint of finally it’s summer fresh basil. These delicious biscuits are what happens when you want to bake strawberries in something but not something sweet, no muffins or […]
Crisp bacon and beautiful, delicately peppery arugula blossoms take this herb studded rendition of classic potato salad over the top. Mayo optional. A hummingbird built its nest in a crook of one of the branches of the pine tree out back. That little Momma Hummingbird is fierce, swooping in to our feeder while keeping an […]
Vegan Chickpea Salad with roasted onion and dill cream- a delicious and refreshing warm weather salad with sweet onion cream and the bright clean flavor of fresh dill. Bonus points for being vegan and nut free without even trying. This onion cream sauce popped up in my twitter feed last week and I was intrigued. As […]
Spring Greens Waffle Latkes Peppery heat, three kinds of green and creamy potatoes crisped and creviced in the waffle iron. A variation on a theme. Delicious generously topped with a yogurt chive sauce, so delicious that I never quite got to trying these with an egg on top. Or to sharing. I ate them all and […]
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.
Party snack, dinner side, cheesy accompaniment for chili: bread sticks, made with flaky pastry dough, expected and unexpected all twirled into one addictive savory treat. Bread sticks are often a disappointment. Too much bread and not enough topping, or so overwhelmingly large that committing to even one seems too much. Or they’re thin and brittle, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
The house smells amazing right now. A heady whiff of cinnamon and cardamom, the tang of cranberry and grapefruit, and the smoky sweet of bourbon. I love Thanksgiving!