Spring, in Sum

The house finches have made their nest in the porch again, and every time we go out there we are met with a startled brown flutter of wings. If we dare to sit out there for longer than five minutes to try to enjoy the sunset or an afternoon beer, we are serenaded by angry chirruping [...]

A Bit Like This

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 [...]

Of Habit

Whenever one of us sits at the bistro table in the kitchen, the dog stamps her feet and wags furiously and wufs at us.  She’ll look at us, and then to the the jar of dog bones on the counter.  At us, then the bones.  She’ll stamp her feet some more, and make all kinds [...]

Kale Salad with Nectarine & Toasted Pecans

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 [...]

Salade Nicoise Recipe

Salade Nicoise is not just a dish; it’s a celebration of ingredients.

A celebration of fresh vegetables, lightly dressed.  A feast of the basics, simply prepared, pure and elemental in taste.

The recipe for salade nicoise is not exactly a recipe so much as a list of ingredients.

New potatoes boiled until just-tender; slender green beans, briefly blanched; [...]

Cauliflower Chickpea CousCous Bowl

I was going to call this simply the ‘Three C’s Bowl,’ or maybe actually ‘The Five C’s Bowl:’ Cauliflower chickpea couscous bowl with cumin-curry dressing.

But that’s a little much, don’t you think?

That’s what I thought.

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is an assemblage of ingredients—adjust it to suit your tastes or what you [...]

Gado Gado Recipe

Let’s be honest: the real reason I first made this recipe was because of the name.  I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy going around saying, “I’m eating gado-gado for lunch,” at which point your coworkers will raise their eyebrows and back slooowly out of the break room.

Originally, the sauce is meant to be served atop a [...]

Leftovers Salad

One of two things usually happens to our leftovers, and I’m telling you right now that one of those things is not throwing them away as I’m physically, emotionally, and psychologically unable to throw away leftovers.

No, usually they end up in a tortilla and sprinkled with cheese for an insta-burrito (the most recent [...]

Sardinian Eggs Recipe

To be honest, I’d never thought about frying hard-boiled eggs until this cookbook came along.

Because, you know, hard-boiled eggs are already cooked.

This recipe is a variation on the pan-crisped deviled eggs—and a simpler one, at that.

There’s no messy stuffing to deal with, or salad dressing.  Just hardboiled eggs sliced in half, cooked in oil and [...]

Pan-Crisped Deviled Eggs

If you are from the South, then you will know that any church potluck worth its salt is going to have deviled eggs.

If you are truly a southern cook, you may even have a platter with small divots in it specifically for serving deviled eggs.  In which case you will know that deviled eggs contain [...]