Author Archives: Beth

Green Sauce with Arugula & Parsley

Not sure what it is, or why, but I can never seem to get enough green in my food. I go through phases with ingredients (or entire cuisines) where I can’t come out of a grocery store without a certain thing.  I’ve been through avocado, poblano, blueberry, mushroom, kale, cauliflower.  There was the year or so I […]

I Believe This Might Just Be My Masterpiece: Birthday Cake 2014

Who makes the best cakes?  Momofuku Milk Bar makes the best cakes.  I am not being paid or otherwise compensated to say this.  It’s just the damn truth. Here’s the logic: the best food texture is, obviously, crunchy.  Obviously. What makes a good salad better?  Crunchy croutons (or crunchy bits of bacon). Want your mac […]

Five Minute Photo Shoot: Kale, Lentils, Hazelnuts, Manchego

I made a salad.  It was kale, these cool blond lentils I saw at the store, celery, red onion, hazelnuts, a mountain of manchego, and a spicy dressing of piri piri oil + hazelnut oil + sherry vinegar.

Chickpeas in Coconut Milk; or, Turmeric for Dummies

If there’s one food people should eat more of, it’s turmeric. It’s one of those “aw geez how can this be so good for me” kinda foods.  It’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and there’s research going on to study turmeric’s effects on loads of diseases, like: Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart trouble, digestive problems, liver disease, and (most interestingly […]

The Trick to Awesome Lentils; or, Two Reasons I Keep Cooked Lentils in the Fridge and You Should Too

Y’all all need to start keeping cooked lentils in the fridge.  Why?  Two reasons: 1. Dinner 2. Fast I’m referring to firm lentils, like beluga or du Puy.  Brown lentils are too mushy for this, and red lentils are right out.  Save those for soup. Lentils aren’t really a thing people get excited about, so […]

Park Sammiches

It’s still Summer!  I don’t know why, but this year, I’ve been expecting the balmy weather to give out aaaaaany minute now. But enough about that.  I made sandwiches, designed especially for eating in a park. The main ingredients: some quality meat, some bitchin’ mustard, and arugula. Left the bread untoasted, because good crusty bread […]

Five Minute Photo Shoot: Some Boring Salmon with Maybe the Best Carrots Ever

For dinner: coho salmon with oregano pesto breadcrumbs that aren’t browned enough.  Boring.  Alongside: Ottolenghi’s Spicy Carrot Salad, with couscous mixed in (regular and Israeli, because Ottolenghi). I finally broke down and bought myself Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest book, Jerusalem.  I got all starry-eyed over the first recipe I looked at: a recipe in the way, […]

Five Minute Photo Shoot: Bahn Mi

Lunch today: a bahn mi with pork and pâté, from a local place. Enjoyable, but just okay.  Not the best bahn mi ever.  But I don’t think there exists such a thing as a bad bahn mi. Hipster ketchup on the side.

Five Minute Photo Shoot: Arugula + Cherries, Peas + Orzo

Two recent dishes: first, a little salad of arugula, fresh cherries, and some fancy-pants blue cheese.  Lots of black pepper.  Looks like I served it with some soup or whatever. Such a lazy salad.  I couldn’t be bothered to pit the cherries, so I went full-lazy and left the stems on too. Second, orzo with […]

Five Minute Photo Shoot: Noodle Times

Two recent noodle dishes, very dissimilar in character: First, some Sesame Noodles with Chili and Scallion.  This is one of my new favorite recipes.  I added peas because, hey, peas.  Also appearing are soba noodles, because soba + sesame = luuurve. I’ve made this with shrimp added to the mix which is also luuurvely. Next […]