Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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 […]

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 […]

Campari + Sweet Vermouth + Booze = Love

Name two under-appreciated spirits in the American home bar.  Did you say Campari and sweet vermouth?  You get a gold star. Sure, everyone’s got the sweet vermouth banging around somewhere, because we all need a Manhattan now and then.  But chances are it gathers cobwebs while you’re off drinking other things.  Enter Campari. Let’s talk […]

Herb It Up, Herbface

Have you been made to feel guilty about your lack of freshly-planted, home-grown herbs yet? Please.  Allow me. Look at my beautiful herbs.  Just look at them. These herbs are why I am better than you.  This is why my food will be better than yours all summer long.  I’ll be writing recipes on this […]

Foie Gras au Torchon: Actually Not That Hard

Real talk. Until about a month ago, my experience in the kitchen has had a gap.  Not a huge gap, or one that had ever come up until earlier this year.  Most of my clients would never know, but I was exposed.  And I’m not one to let a chance for self-improvement slip away. I’d […]

Your Favorite Posts of 2012

Hey, how about a top-ten list of the most-viewed posts from last year?  Yes?  Okay, here we go! In reverse order, for maximum suspense: 10. Red Pumpkin Tahini Soup 9. Strawberry, Watermelon, & Arugula Salad with Cardamom-Candied Pistachios 8. Five Minute Photo Shoot: Winter Breakfast 7. Roasted Delicata Squash with Avocado Sauce 6. Roasted Eggplant Soup […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cooking Chickpeas

Part of the reason I never cook beans is because I lack foresight.  I never think about soaking them overnight, partly because I never want beans hard enough.  Overnight pizza crust, I can do; but then, I kinda love bread. Also, you’re somewhat tied to the kitchen when you have a pot of beans on.  […]

Stupidly Simple Salad

You know the old trope, “write what you know”.  And most of the time, the things closest to you are too close to notice.  There are those things that you do and see every day, and you’re too familiar with them to even notice what they are anymore, let alone that they might be special […]

Peach Bacon Jam

Bacon jam, yawn.  So last season.  Peaches and bacon?  Getting warmer, but I’m starting to see it everywhere. Peach and bacon jam?  Disco. This is a fever-dream of a recipe that came to me during a meditation practice.  No joke.  Kind of annoying, too.  You’re sitting there, trying to focus only on breathing, and wham […]