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 [...]

Our Favorite Sauce

If there is a way to take an appetizing photo of a white sauce, I've yet to find it.

I was on the phone with my friend Jane recently and, I forget how or why, but I mentioned that Andy & I were trying to eat better.  “What?” she remarked, “But you always eat so [...]

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 [...]

Garlic Scapes: 3 Ways to Enjoy Them

Here is a thing that usually happens in my garden: I plant garlic in the late fall/early winter when I finally remember to get around to it, and when there is absolutely nothing else to do. Then I completely forget about it for a good six months and then, about this time [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

No Boil Pasta Bake Recipe

We make a lot of pasta around here.  And we also make a lot of casseroles.

So it seems only natural that we’d end up making baked pasta casseroles, too.

One of the first dishes I ever learned to make was lasagna.  I mean, how hard is it, really?  Lasagna just falls into the ‘tedious’ rather than [...]

Mama P.’s Spinach Dip Recipe

Pretty certain I will never be a hand model as there is always dirt under my fingernails. Sorry.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking, geez, couldn’t you have posted this recipe before the Superbowl, so that I could’ve had something easy and delicious to eat while we watched the game commercials?

Well, yeah.

But [...]

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 [...]