Nearly every day after school when I was a kid, I would go over to my best friend Ashley’s house and go inside without knocking. Their kitchen was a galley-style affair, with black appliances and a side-by-side refrigerator before the days when those were even really popular. The refrigerator was closest to the entrance and [...]
Andy and I made the mistake of going to Whole Foods a few weeks ago.
I say ‘mistake’ because, as someone who has a thing called a ‘budget’ for the weekly groceries, Whole Foods is not exactly an uplifting place to be. “Hey!” it says, “Look at all this beautiful, artisan-crafted food that you cannot afford [...]
Kale is a bit of an ‘it’ food these days, and why not? It’s a nutritional powerhouse–at least as healthy as spinach but without the oxalates, and it’ll keep longer in the fridge to boot.
And while I’ve never had luck growing more than, say, one leaf of spinach, the kale seems to grow itself–I toss [...]
Back in my hippie-est, crunchy-est of days, back when I wore socks with birkenstocks (only occasionally) and juiced organic carrots, celery & apples every morning, I aspired to make my own sprouts.
I would see the seeds at the health-food store–tiny black specks labeled ‘Broccoli’ or ‘Alfalfa’–and I would see also all kinds of sprouting contraptions [...]
Several years ago, Andy’s workday looked like this: Teach from 8 to 3:30. Bring a turkey sandwich (2 slices turkey, mustard, whole-wheat bread) and an apple for lunch. Get home by 4. Walk the dog. Prep for next class. Eat something, but not too much that it will make you [...]
Last fall I did something that could either be called brilliant or insane (I’m leaning towards brilliant): I bought a 45+ pound box of sweet potatoes. For $12. At a hardware store.
It was for a good cause, okay? (I think it was a church, or something?)
And they were dug from a farm just a few [...]
I wish I could say that I was a master of tofu recipes, a guru of soybean curd cookery.
And I wish I could also say that I loved tofu every time I ate it, in every permutation.
And while there are so many different things you can do with it—burgers! stir-fries! vegan cheesecakes!—most all of these [...]
I only recently stumbled across the idea of putting oatmeal into smoothies and I have to say, it totally blew my mind. Adding a whole grain? To a drink? It’s more delicious than it sounds.
The first time I made this, I found out (the hard way) that my blender wasn’t quite up to the task [...]
Have you been making refrigerator pickles all summer?
I wish I could say that they’re from my own cucumbers that I grew but, save for one, they’re not. For some reason I have bad luck with cucumbers, and by ‘bad luck’ I mean that there is some virus or pest that always kills them, but [...]
It’s getting to be that time of year when hot breakfasts become—to me at least—sickening. The blast of heat and humidity that sucker-punches you in the gut when you walk out the door—even though it’s not even 8 a.m. yet.
It’s mornings like these—when the humidity makes it feel like 85° and I can’t even [...]