In Typical Fashion

I don’t know what, exactly, to say about the following cauliflower recipe, except that it is very, very good.

My friend sent it to me in an email, with only the comment, “I sent this recipe to my mom and thought you might like it too.  We made it last week and it’s awesome.  I [...]

I Think I Nailed It

When I studied abroad in Austria, I was assigned to live with a Christian host family because I was vegetarian.

These two things have nothing, really, to do with one another, but the housing coordinator was trained to look for commonalities among people based on a brief paper survey. So she decided that the only other [...]

Superfood Soup

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 [...]

Cajun Veggie Chili

In the spirit of, ‘We’ve been making a lot of soups!,’ let me share one with you.

This recipe comes from Parade magazine, via my great-aunt Suzy & Uncle Bert.  Now, say what you will about Parade magazine (that it is stupid and boring and full of fluff and does anyone ever actually read it?) but I [...]

Basil-Gouda Mac and Cheese

I was rummaging around the freezer the other day when I found a tupperware from last year labeled “Pesto 10-28.”  I used the pesto in a batch of bagels (that I just now realized I never posted a recipe for, since apparently I am a lazy idiot).

Anyway, it got me thinking about last year’s first [...]

Pizza Margherita

The summer after my junior year in college, I traveled around Europe with my friend Daneen.  We went to Greece and Italy and a smattering of other central- and eastern-European countries, but most of our time was spent in Italy & Greece.

In Italy, we made our way down the boot.  First Venice (pigeons! disgusting! tourist [...]

Some Things That Are Not Good To Eat and Some Things That Are, Or: My Possible Sleep Disorder and a Recipe for Summer Vegetable Orzo

The other night I was having this dream about food.  We were at a restaurant, or maybe I was cooking at home.  There was a meatloaf terrine-thing—basically a rectangular block of meat with a layer of potatoes all around it, which was then rolled in panko or maybe cornflake crumbs, and then there was a [...]

Engagement Roast Chicken, And Wedding Planning is The Worst

This is, apparently, a thing—the engagement roast chicken.

I first read about it years and years ago in, of all places, Cosmo magazine.  The jist of it is, “Hey, make this roast chicken for your boyfriend.  It is so delicious that he will want to marry you.”

My first reaction to the article was something along the [...]

A Simple Sweet Potato Lunch

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 [...]

Melted White Bean Soup with Cabbage and Lemon, Or: I’m Pretty Certain You’re Going to Buy Cabbage this Week and Then Not Know What to Do With All of It

There are a few things I learned about people and about grocery shopping during my time as a cashier, chief among them being OH MY GOD LADY, Why is your shopping cart full of 80 pounds of ground beef and 1 gallon of bleach?!

I also learned that the only thing more embarrassing than buying a [...]