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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
If you have known me for any length of time, odds are I’ve regaled you with the story of the chocolate shake. At least once, probably twice.
For those of you who’ve forgotten the regaling, or whom I’ve forgotten to regale, lucky you! Today’s your day to be regaled.
My senior year in college I drove to [...]
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 [...]
You know how there are just certain foods that are the essence of summer, of the fresh-luscious bounty of the earth? There is the juicy peach, the corn-on-the-cob, the thick crimson wedges of watermelon; there is tomato pie and fresh pesto and open-faced tomato sandwiches that must be eaten over the sink to catch the [...]
My parents are friends with a man who keeps a farm as a hobby—you know, just for fun.
I’m vague on the specifics (acreage, animals) but what I do know is that every year he grows a bunch of field corn for (horses? dove-hunting?) and since he’s at it—sure, why not—a few rows of sweet corn.