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 [...]

My Backup Plan is Chocolate Cake; And a Recipe for Andy’s Sausage Stuffing

This year for Thanksgiving, Andy suggested telling everyone we had already made plans with other people, then staying home and eating pizza in our sweatpants instead.

I can’t say I entirely disagree with this idea; in fact, nothing sounds more appealing to me right now staying home all day and doing absolutely nothing, not exerting ourselves [...]

Simply Delicious Fried Eggplant

If and when you first start thumbing through cookbooks (or the internet) for eggplant recipes, you are going to be faced with a question: To Salt, or Not to Salt?

What I mean is: some recipes call for salting your eggplant after you have sliced and/or diced and/or peeled it and letting them sit in a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Corn Day and The Rhythm of the Harvest

On a recent Saturday we donned rain gear and drove to the outskirts of town, down a rutted muddy road.  There were blueberry bushes, 7-feet-tall and drooping with fruit; grape vines strung up on wire; an ancient fig tree growing against the side of the barn.  And, underneath a cluster of massive trees, two flatbed [...]

Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin Recipe

When I was a kid, broccoli was a persistent companion at the dinner table.

Often, to get us to eat more of it (or to eat it at all) it was accompanied by Cheez Whiz.

And I’m not gonna lie: it was delicious.

Usually the whole jar was microwaved, stirred at 30 second increments until it was hot [...]

Caraway Butter Braised Sauerkraut Recipe

When My Guy and I first started dating we briefly signed up for one of those online genealogy programs, just to make sure that we were not somehow distant cousins.

Because that would just be too Southern for me to handle, and nothing ruins a relationship as swiftly and terribly as finding out you’re related.

I don’t [...]

Mashed Potato Patties Recipe

Let me tell you a story.

A story about a girl who loved potatoes.

And more than potatoes, she loved a good deal.

Now, I don’t have to tell you what happened one day when, at the Food Lion, she saw 10-pound bags of potatoes on sale for $1.99.

She bought them of course.  No story there, except that [...]

Cloudy With a Chance of Pickles

Have you been making refrigerator pickles all summer?

We have.

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 [...]