Thursday, December 31, 2009

Whole Wheat Egg Noodles

with parmesan, with roasted vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, shiitakes).

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Good heavens it was busy, but also, wondrously, totally fun. For Christmas eve dinner we had two extremely good things. The first was a country ham from Benton's in Tennessee. Have you ever had a country ham? Have you ever seen one? They look like giant loaves of bread, or huge sandstone formations. They smell like a smokehouse (I had to put ours outside). But oh man—I have never in my life had anything like it to eat. Except, that's wrong; I have: it was like a leg of the best prosciutto ever. Rich and chewy and subtle and amazingly unlike anything I'd ever called "ham" before. Butchering it was a challenge, and next time I'll order one pre-sliced, but I am a convert. The second thing we had was a vegetable lasagna I made, and if I say it myself, it was excellent. I have discovered that the key to lasagna happiness for me is parboiling the noodles. If I cook them all the way they are slimy and impossible to work with; this time I boiled them til just pliable (about six minutes) and then let them cool on sheets of parchment. Everything else was a breeze (though time-consuming): bottled tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and eggplant.

The pictured quiche was last night's dinner, and contained brussels sprouts and mushrooms sauteed in country ham fat.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Slanting Gretel Tee

My love affair with the short-sleeved sweater continues. Layers! There's just nothing like them.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Country ham prosciutto, from Benton's in Tennessee. I wrapped it around pear slices and it was delicious. We also had baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli with anchovy butter (I had anchovy butter, anyway; the spouse declined. His loss.)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fried Chicken

Ok, this was more like it. Brown rice, roasted cauliflower and shiitakes, with pan-fried chicken thighs and an impromptu sauce of rosemary and garlic in a pan de-glazed with Lillet blanc. Yowza, it was good.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


with brown rice and roasted brussells sprouts. Should have been tasty; was actually kind of yuck.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Zero Maria Cornejo

Here it is, the dress I want. Will it even be made? How much will it cost? Will it be possible to get my hands on one? Pre-fall collections raise more questions than they answer.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Spelt Angel Hair

with shiitakes, bacon, and parboiled collards.

Lamb Chops

with brown rice, and parboiled collards dressed with dark sesame oil.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fried Chicken

with roasted brussels sprouts and baked sweet potatoes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Roasted Vegetables

Cauliflower, carrots, and shiitakes. With bacon (yum) and quinoa (overcooked, yuck).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A New Pair

the first in a while. They turned out nicely, just in time for cold weather.

Friday, December 4, 2009


with fried potatoes and salad.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Steelhead Trout

I don't normally buy farmed fish, but man, I was beat yesterday and in the mood for something good and easy, which grilled fish is. So I did it. And served it with brown rice and swiss chard.

Monday, November 30, 2009


These things are always subject to change, but I think my current favorite flour is spelt. I confirmed this with a double batch of Nigella Lawson's banana bread (in How to be a Domestic Goddess) the recipe for which I followed to the letter except for subbing in a mix of 75% spelt and 25% quinoa flours.

Friday, November 27, 2009


In fact a fair bit of cooking has taken place here recently, but nothing particularly worth blogging (except, maybe, the chocolate-chip and dried cherry cookies, the banana bread, and the pumpkin cake; they were pretty good). Today I made gingerbread, something I always forget I really, really like. This batch turned out extra good, despite some unpromising turns during the baking. My "recipe" is based on the recipe for "Damp Gingerbread" you'll find in More Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin's second volume of food essays. Here's what I used:

1 jar Lyle's Golden Syrup, melted together with 1/2 C coconut oil
1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C coconut flour
1 T ground ginger
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cloves
1 3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 egg
1 C milk (warmed on the stove, with 1 T vinegar whisked in for ersatz buttermilk)

I mixed it all up and baked at 350 for 55 minutes. It's highly spicy and good; I expect it to be better in days to come as the spices bloom.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Buffalo Meatballs

with fennel. Also leftover cornbread and roasted brussels sprouts and kohlrabi.

Goop Gnocchi

Pursuant to my last post I took Gwyneth's gnocchi recipe for a spin, substituting mashed hubbard squash and whole wheat flour where appropriate. I think they turned out all right; I ate them happily. Since I have only a little gnocchi-eating experience and none at all making it, it's hard to judge. But they were tasty. However, they also reminded me why I don't customarily do things like hand-make gnocchi; long about the time the third batch was simmering I found myself weary, and wondering if the little doughy meal in which it culminated was really worth the hour or so of prep (not counting roasting the squash and boiling the potatoes) required.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ahem. I have something to say. This is not easy for me, but it's time to be honest with y'all:

I read Gwyneth Paltrow's blog "Goop" every week.

Sometimes it's maddening (she recommends experiencing the "beachy, seventies vibe" of Los Angeles by staying in the bungalows at the Bel Air hotel; trust me, you don't want to know how much that costs). Sometimes it's tiresome (did you know she has super-famous friends? You will if you read the blog, because she says so over and over). Sometimes it's eye-rolling (if you want to know Deepak Chopra's thoughts on personal growth or Gwyneth's tips on raising perfect children, goop's your site.)

And yet! Sometimes the recipes are delicious. I like seeing Gwyneth's wardrobe recommendations because I think she always looks really good, and I don't care at all if she can spend more on clothes than I can. Mostly, I dunno, I kind of identify: she's a mom, she has a career, she has a blog. I can barely tell us apart!

So there it is. Now I'm going to go re-read this weeks recipe for gnocchi and make a grocery list.

Squash City

We had roasted butternut and delicata squash, with shiitakes, sage, and garlic. On the side a salad, and cornbread (with which I stuffed my face).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ancient Grain Penne

the grains in question being, I think, spelt, quinoa, and...amaranth? In any case, we had it with broccoli, sauteed shiitakes, and garlic. It was great.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fridge-Clearing Soup

I love a soup that takes care of everything. Into mine today went:

one onion
leftover pork butt
1 lb. lentils
four turnips
two red peppers
four carrots
a huge bunch of collard greens
diced ginger

I simmered everything for an hour or so, and served it for dinner with cornbread (made with cornmeal, teff flour, and a generous helping of Italian butter).

Yesterday I made the pictured Nantucket Cranberry "Pie." The recipe is from Laurie Colwin's second volume of essays from Gourmet, More Home Cooking. She accurately says that it's really a cake, except that the one I made is really more of a cobbler: rich biscuit over chopped cranberries and nuts. I hadn't intended it to be that way, but I used kamut flour which absorbs a great deal more moisture than white, and hence produced a thick batter that didn't suck the berries up into itself the way it usually does. It's delicious anyway.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Moebius Knitting

This technique is pretty magic if you're a knitter; the edge of the object is continuous, no inside or outside. One just knits and knits and knits, and gradually this nice cowl emerges. I used handspun yarn I bought at an annual arts fair I love.

PS: I don't know why photos uploaded to blogger look low-res; they certainly aren't on my computer.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bowl O' Butt

Pork butt, that is, leftover from a roast my mother made a few days ago. I shredded and reheated it with sauteed fennel and shiitake mushrooms; we had it with barley. Green salad afterward.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Spooky Birthday Cake

Here is the cake we had for my mom's birthday; it was glorious (and delicious).

A Sweater for the Spouse

At long last! My first-ever men's sweater. Here's what I've learned: men are *big*. I couldn't believe how many more stitches are involved in a man's sweater. It turned out well, though, and the husband is pleased.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Chicken and Bean Stew

with fresh turnip greens and whole wheat penne thrown in.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Shiitakes

and for once I didn't over-roast it. I can't tell you how delicious it was; sweet and sticky and savory and oily. We had it with sauteed bok choy, and scrambled eggs.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chicken Sausage

with quinoa and roasted cauliflower.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Check out what the spouse dug out of the garden this evening!

Hello Kitty Waffles

For Sunday breakfast. Today's flour: equal parts whole wheat, kamut, and teff. I used to use the Hello Kitty waffle-maker for my daughter's sake, but now I don't know what I did without it: perfect portions for toddlers and adults alike. And cute!

Fried Chicken

with roasted brussels sprouts and brown rice. This turned, the next night, into a soup of chicken, white beans, squash, tomatoes, and peanut butter, heavily perfumed with ginger. Mmmm.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


of beet greens, mustard greens, and red peppers; with giant sweet potatoes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ribs and Rice

This never disappoints; I put together barbecued rib meat with leftover brown rice and whatever vegetable is to hand; we're having it again tonight because it can't be beat for ease and deliciousness.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Clam Chowder

Courtesy of Boston's Legal Seafood, via a good friend. Totally delicious; we had it with sauteed red peppers and fennel, and buttered sourdough toast.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I don't remember when I last even thought of the name Kenzo, but I loved everything in the collection. Show me a belt, a pattern, and some color, and I'm all yours.


of potatoes and bok choi, with sauteed bok choi stems on the side.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Those sort of steak-looking leg pieces; with brown rice and roasted cauliflower. On Saturday I made another chocolate-beet cake (from the Hot and Hot Fish Club cookbook) and this time I went whole hog tweaking it: lots more beets, whole wheat flour, 1 C instead of 1 and 3/4 C sugar, coconut oil instead of butter. Still delicious.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Field Peas

with sauteed escarole and bacon, with roasted yellow fingerling potatoes. I ate myself stupid on the latter.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Costello Tagliapietra

Boys, send me this dress. I will never, and I mean never, take it off.

On a related note, it is so interesting to read reviews of fashion shows one can only see online. It's clear that the difference between clothes in life and clothes in pictures is important; people who actually see them have such different reactions from mine, and the year that Viktor and Rolf made their show available as a Quicktime film was a real revelation to me. This year, the Lanvin show is getting worshipful reviews. I always love Lanvin, so I'm down with it, but I don't see the kind of paradigm-shifitng influence people who actually saw it describe. Partly, of course, I don't know fashion like the experts, but a lot of it, I think, is that clothes really have to be seen in person to be appreciated. Maybe they have to be worn to be appreciated.

Which reminds me: C/P! Send me that orange dress right now!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pesto Meatballs

with yellow wax beans, and whole wheat penne with parmesan and butter. Noodles with parmesan and butter is one of my favorite things to eat; there were times in graduate school when it's more or less all I did eat.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Apple-Pear Tart

We had pizza for dinner, tart for dessert. It was a very simple affair: I rolled out the pie crust left over from the pumpkin pie into a tart pan, and threw in three peeled and sliced pears, and one peeled and sliced Fuji apple, all the fruit seasoned with a little lemon juice and sugar. (In retrospect I'd add a pinch of salt, too.) I baked the whole thing at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, and it was really delicious.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Someone seriously needs to explain the continued existence of Rodarte to me. I don't mean artistically; I loved the first show of theirs I ever saw and I only get hungier for more, season after season. But honest to Pete: they make clothes that cost thousands of dollars, that require endless complex handwork to make, that can only be worn to formal events of the most fashion-forward kind. Who is funding all of this?


It's fashion week in Paris! My heart is singing. Rochas, once the home of supernova Olivier Theyskens, has a new designer and this is his first runway showing. I loved it—it's full of gorgeous color and shiny fabric and flattering silhouettes I'd wear tomorrow if I could; in all it pleases the "make me look pretty!" part of my brain the way Comme des Garcons satisfies the "make me look brave and interesting!" part. I also notice that if there is one runway trend that dominated in all four fashion week cities (NY, London, Milan, and looks to be Paris too), it's socks with everything.

West African Okra Stew

Found a recipe on the internet and followed it loosely. The stew involved:

6 chicken thighs
1 can of tomatoes
a whole lotta okra
one small pumpkin
one onion
four cloves of garlic
one half cup peanut butter
chicken stock
tomato paste

We had it over rice, and it was delicious.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Comme des Garcons

In my head, this is how I dress. (I would not go for the wig and face veil; I'd probably opt for a ponytail).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Grilled Buffalo Filet

with brown rice and roasted brussels sprouts and red peppers. Much pie for dessert.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Great Pumpkin Pie

For dinner we had scrambled eggs and green beans, but tonight was about dessert. I'm a big pumkin pie fan, and have made versions using just about every quash I know. This latest used a lovely hubbard squash we got from our CSA. I made the Cook's Illustrated Foolproof Pie Crust, which is in all ways as advertised, and tried one of their recipes for the filling. It has various fancy touches (fresh ginger instead of ground, e.g.) but the real innovation is in method: after combining the squash pulp, spices, and sugar, one then simmers them on the stove for about fifteen minutes to concentrate the flavors and let the spices bloom. It was a pain to do (I mean, not that big a pain) but I had to agree, halfway through my third slice, that it was totally worth it.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mustard Greens

Blanched, served with whole wheat penne, garlic, and bacon.

Friday, September 25, 2009


of leftover roasted everything, leftover ribs, and leftover quinoa. It was scrumptious, as leftover-based meals tend to be, in my experience.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Duro Olowu

I once tried on a Duro Olowu sheath dress (at Barney's, where it was on deep sale, which is the only reason I'd even torment myself by getting that close to such covetable merchandise) and I'll never stop regretting that it was a size too small. I get near his prints and I go ape.

Roasted Everything

Delicata squash, eggplant, red onions, elephant garlic, red peppers, and shiitake mushrooms, all served over barley.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Buffalo Meatballs

made with an egg, some garlic, and lots of fresh oregano. We had them with roasted yellow potatoes and the first turnips of the fall from our CSA.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hot n' Hot Devil's Food Cake

My favorite restaurant, Hot and Hot Fish Club, has published a cookbook. I don't actually like restaurant cookbooks, which I find to be heavy on artsy pictures of food and filled with finicky recipes involving tiny quantities of too many ingredients. This one is no exception, but it is lovely, and has already given me my new favorite chocolate cake. I understand the difference between devil's food and regular chocolate cake to be the use of cocoa, rather than baking chocolate, in the former. It makes a satisfyingly black cake with a light texture; I often find baking-chocolate cakes to be heavy and bland. The Hot 'n Hot version calls for things like homemade creme fraiche, so I admit to some free substituting, but I followed the basics of their recipe and it is delicious. It has two secret ingredients: a quarter teaspoon cardamom, which perfumes the whole thing, and shredded raw beets. You'd never guess the latter—they melt undetectably into the texture—but they make it moist and rich. A winner.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dinner Party!

We had cheese (Irish Cashel bleu, Manchego, and something French) first. Then crab cakes with cheesy polenta and salad. I make baked polenta: you just stir for five minutes and then bake in the oven. For dessert, a cake I am very proud of: two layers of Nigella Lawson's Victoria sponge (you make the batter in the food processor! takes like five minutes) with layers of lemon curd and unsweetened whipped cream between and on top. Chopped pistachios scattered on top. Oh my goodness is it good; but then, most anything with lemon curd is out of sight. Why did I have lemon curd on hand? Because when you make an angel food cake and have a dozen egg yolks staring you in the face, lemon curd is the perfect answer.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Every Way Wrap

The pattern is named for its versatility, a quality you'll have to take on faith because I've only loaded two images, both of the wrap being worn the same way. It is a lovely thing, though, and I am mighty pleased with it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Whole Wheat Penne

with broccoli rappini, elephant garlic, and leftover ribs. This was the extremely rare dinner about which the spouse was a mite less enthusiastic than I. He tactfully suggested that it would be delicious with, say, roasted cauliflower in place of the rappini. Unluckily for him, I am a rappini freak: nothing says hard-earned delicious dinner to me like a big plateful of its mouth-filling bitterness.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Broiled Salmon

with delicious greens and brown rice.

For dessert: the best dang banana bread I've ever had. I followed Nigella Lawson's recipe in How to be a Domestic Goddess, deviating only to sub in whole wheat flour. Really, this stuff is unbelievably good. The secret? Brandy-soaked raisins.

The (un)Enthusiast

It's a sad day when I look at the new Marc Jacobs collection and don't immediately want to go shopping.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Squash Pudding

My second try at squash pudding involved grating four crookneck squash and combining them with leftover brown rice, four eggs, a little cream, a little cheese, a bit of nutmeg, salt, and pepper. I baked it in a water bath for about an hour, and it was really delicious. We had it with sauteed okra. For dessert, angel food cake. I am a *fool* for angel food cake, and always have been. It's not hard to make, but it amazes me every time with its beautiful color and unique texture. I could eat a whole cake at one go, but manage not to.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Roasted Yellow Potatoes

with roasted cauliflower, sauteed okra, and fresh bell peppers.

Friday, September 4, 2009

More Groundnut Stew

with a salad of some dark, succulent, crisp, small cabbage-y stuff, and a whole bunch of fresh red peppers.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Coho Salmon

with roasted purple potatoes and sauteed okra. In my opinion, the key to okra is freshness, even more so than for most vegetables. There's something about our CSA okra on the first day we get it that just can't be beat.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009


of buffalo, with eggs, brown rice, and pesto. With sauteed okra.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Red Snapper

grilled, with rappini and brown rice. Very delicious, ridiculously virtuous. Afterwards I scarfed two ice cream sandwiches, so intense was my need for fat.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


steak, grilled, with a salad of quinoa, red peppers, scallions, and feta.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Happening

Seriously. What happened to M. Night Shamylan? If that is how one spells it? This movie is laughably bad. Bad at every level. Badly conceived. Badly plotted. Bad to the point of embarrassing badly written. How does he keep getting terrific actors to work with him?

Crab Cakes

with roasted brussels sprouts and quinoa.

Friday, August 21, 2009


and okra was what we had for dinner, technically speaking. However, we also had stomach flu, so after about midnight it was, let's say, a moot point.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Little Legwarmers

After mine were done there was a household request for another pair, so, voila. These flew by, as all knitting for children does; the only catch is that you can never be certain things will get worn. I'm trying to give up on that as a criterion of success.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


with potatoes, roasted red peppers, chives, and basil. With broccoli rapinni.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Grilled, with a salad of roasted beets, toasted walnuts, and ricotta insalata. Also some oat groats.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I compounded 1 lb. ground buffalo, 2 eggs, some very old, very stale sourdough bread that I soaked in milk and mushed up, about a cup and a half of leftover rye berries, a big squeeze of ketchup, two cloves of garlic, and some salt. Baked the whole thing at 350 for...45 minutes? and served it with broccoli rappini. Will have the same meal for lunch today (cold), which is my favorite way in the world to arrange lunch.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Traveling Stitch Legwarmers

Legwarmers! Seriously, I last wore them in fifth grade. I've had these on my mind, however, ever since seeing the pattern a year and a half ago, and I'm mightily pleased with them. Once the weather cooperates (in about five months) I'll unleash them on the public.

Rye Salad

Rye berries with cherry tomatoes, red peppers, scallions, ricotta insalata cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper. We had it with sauteed okra. All of the vegetables came from our CSA and were beautiful and delicious.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Squash Pudding

Or, as I think of it, ersatz gratin. My daughter came up with "squash pudding" to describe what I threw together last night: one layer of leftover brown rice, topped with sliced squash, all of it baked for about an hour in a mixture of 4 eggs, a dollop of ricotta, a handful of grated gruyere, a little milk, salt, and pepper. It was delicious; we had it with roasted cauliflower.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Succotash Supreme

I would have called it fish curry, but the plentiful harvest of field peas and corn that went into it probably makes the spouse's title, shown above, the right one.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Broccoli Rappini

With roasted potatoes and canadian bacon. O Canada!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Back from Vacation

I'm sorry I left without saying goodbye! On our first full night back we had: broiled salmon, oat groats, and roasted brussels sprouts.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Vegetable City

In the last two days: field peas with onions, carrots, and bacon, oats, roasted cauliflower, corn on the cob. Also some orange roughy.

Monday, July 20, 2009


and brownies. That's what we had for dinner, because for lunch we went to Miss Melissa's and ate like wolves from their buffet of primo southern cooking.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Grilled Salmon

with brown rice and roasted brussels sprouts.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stewed Tomatoes and Eggplant

that I served over toasted sourdough bread with pesto.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fish Curry

This is the best thing we've eaten in a long time. I put together:

1/2 onion
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
curry powder
coconut milk
3 ears worth of cut corn
2 haddock filets, cut up into little pieces
juice from two lemons

I served it with cut up fresh tomatoes and cilantro as garnishes, and ladled it over brown rice. Honestly, I can't remember a better meal at home, and I used up all the nagging bits of this and that vegetable matter in my fridge.

A note on coconut milk: naturally, I made mine from the coconut concentrate I buy in quantity from the same supplier ( from which I get my coconut oil. What, you still buy yours in cans? Don't be a chump; concentrate is the way to live.

Scrambled Eggs with Herbs

and roasted potatoes and carrots, and bacon.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Corn Pudding

From Frank Stitt's Southern Table. I'm afraid the list of ingredients (eight ears of corn, one cup of cream, two eggs, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg) won't convey the incredible layered deliciousness of this dish. It's rich, it's sweet, it's savory. It was great even though I badly underestimated the time it would need to set in the oven and served it as more of a thickened creamed corn rather than a true pudding. I later baked it to the right consistency, and it was perfect both ways. We had it with sauteed okra and roasted red peppers.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Zucchini Gratin

from Richard Olney's Simple French Food, with fresh tomatoes. I love Olney because he is a terrific writer and his recipes always work and taste wonderful, and because he is so pleasingly strict. In the introduction to his section on zucchini he notes that "large fruit with well-formed seeds are uninteresting fare, and should on no account be considered as a substitute for small ones in the recipes that follow." I ignored this stricture, but probably wouldn't have dared if he'd said it to me in person.

I've noted here before that I don't like zucchini, and that's still true, but there are few things I don't like gratineed: add eggs, milk, and cheese and I'll eat just about anything.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Orange Roughy

with rye berries and roasted brussels sprouts.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Blueberry Cornbread

with sauteed Napa cabbage and bacon. Truly delicious.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sea Silk Sweater

This sweater is knit in a yarn that is a blend of silk and something called sea cell, a fiber made from seaweed. It's a beautiful yarn, but mainly I'm just a sucker for the idea of odd fibers. The sweater itself is a triumph (for me) of experience over impulse: I knit it at a deliberately wrong size because I thought I knew something about how the yarn would behave (and thus, the garment would change size) after washing and wearing. And I was right! Awesome.

Field Peas

One of the many best things about a southern summer. I poached them in chicken stock, then served them over oat groats with sauteed cabbage and onions. I also sauteed (until mahogany brown) a bunch of beautiful okra; it was a feast.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Crab Cakes

with roasted potatoes (yellow, pink, and purple) and carrots, and orange cherry tomatoes.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


with herbed ricotta, and tabouli salad. I used to have a vague idea about fresh herbs that you had to use the right ones at the right times and that it was kind of complicated. That may well be true, but having a few Aerogardens-worth to deal with has liberated me from caring; now I grab big handfuls of whatever (mint and rosemary excepted), chop them up and throw them in. This method has not yet failed me.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

NYT Beans and Rice

In a nice confluence of consumer energies I was this morning wondering what to do with the pound of tepary beans I had been soaking over night, beans I bought from because the NYT magazine told me to, when I opened this morning's NYT magazine to a recipe for Nuyorican beans and rice. For those who didn't see it, the recipe involves onions, peppers, spices, and orange juice. It was that last ingredient that got me, since I'm a sucker for citrus and had never thought of it in connection to beans. I made it, and it is sublime. We had it over brown rice, with pan-fried mahi.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blueberry Johnnie Cakes

This is my new favorite breakfast. I wish the photo showed the warm, appetizing yellow they actually were. I was inspired by a recent meal I had at a wonderful restaurant called Hot & Hot Fish Club. Everything was delectable, but dessert was the best: johnnie cakes with honey and homemade yogurt. I ordered it without knowing what johnnie cakes were; they appeared to be skillet-fried cornbread, and were outrageously good. So this morning I gave it a whirl myself, using the following recipe (freely adapted from Frank Stitt):

2C white cornmeal
1/2C quinoa flour
1t baking powder
1t baking soda
1t salt
1T sugar
1 1/2C milk
1T greek yogurt (full fat)
2 eggs
5T melted unsalted butter
2C fresh blueberries

I mixed it all up and cooked as for pancakes, then made a total pig of myself. Spouse had syrup, I had nada, delicious both ways.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Crab Cakes

with brown rice, corn on the cob, and "coleslaw." My version of that last is dicing up cabbage and dressing it with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. If the cabbage is sweet, it's great.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Buffalo Meatballs

with oat groats and pesto, and broccoli rappini.

Rye and Ribs

I love leftover ribs: I chop up the meat and serve it with whatever grain I have on hand; it's always delicious. We had it with corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, and lemon cucumbers.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Orange Roughy

with corn on the cob and tomatoes. Yum! I've discovered flash-frozen fish at the grocery store; it's going to change a lot for me in terms of dinner planning.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fresh Tomato Sauce

One of my favorite things about summer. I chop up tomatoes, sautee them in olive oil until they've reduced a good bit, add garlic, salt, and basil, and serve. Simple, and so good. we had it on whole wheat noodles, with a salad.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


with herbed ricotta cheese. Also green beans and blueberry cornbread.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pork Steak

with roasted brussels sprouts and blueberry cornbread. I ate myself silly on that last; incredibly good. I used the recipe for cornbread in Chez Panisse vegetables and threw in lots of fresh blueberries.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sandalwood Socks

I posted these halfway through, but here's the finished pair. The photoshoot was no fun; wool + summer = itch.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Foxglove Tank

Knitting in the summer is so wonderful; it's amazing how fast projects go when one doesn't have to make sleeves! This is made of bamboo, a slinky and light fiber just right for upcoming dog days.

Herbed Buffalo Meatballs

with corn on the cob and buttered wax beans.

Friday, June 5, 2009


Two nights running now we've had hash of bacon and vegetables over rye berries; mighty satisfying.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Chicken Thighs

With quinoa and roasted broccoli.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Herbed Buffalo Burgers

I trimmed the Aerogardens and diced everything up (dill, thyme, oregano, basil, chives) and added it to the ground buffalo. I made patties, fried them, and served them on sourdough toast with cheddar cheese and sauteed turnip greens. On the side we had the turnips (tiny, delicious) and a salad of romaine lettuce.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Farmer's Market Bonanza

Roasted new potatoes, yellow (wax?) beans, crookneck squash, and salad.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Feta and Spinach Chicken Sausage

with fried potatoes and salad. My salt tolerance seems really to have changed; I love it, but the sausages were like little salt-bombs in my mouth.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Chicken Thighs

with roasted brussels sprouts and oat groats with parmesan and olive oil.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Clapotis Two

This is the second iteration of this pattern I've made, and the only time I've ever made a pattern twice. I ran out of yarn before it was done, but, since it's a scarf, it didn't matter too much. I love the colors (which, as always, are much more vivid in real life), and only regret that it's not going to be cold enough to wear it here for a long time.

Friday, May 22, 2009


A very nice vegetable soup, with kale, kohlrabi, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and whole wheat egg noodles. Also another meal of buffalo meatballs, escarole, and oats with pesto.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Brah Brah Sweater

Voila, the latest, made up as I went along, of a bamboo/silk blend. The title of the post allows me to introduce an issue I have so far kept off the blog: my devotion to (obsession with) the HBO show "Flight of the Conchords." Have you not seen it? You must; you'll laugh like a lunatic. Are you a straight woman? Then be warned that it is extremely likely you'll fall painfully in love. "Brah Brah" is a reference to an episode in the second series; a sweater is involved, but no one but a knitter would notice.


with pesto and tomatoes, with salad. *Two* ice cream sandwiches for dessert; I went hog wild.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lamb Chops

with quinoa, corn on the cobb, and salad.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pork Chops

with shredded and sauteed brussels sprouts, and quinoa. All tasty. None measuring up the meals I had on a recent visit to Philadelphia, the delights of which included: lamb spareribs, brussels sprouts with truffles and almonds, rapini with hot pepper, dim sum, a lychee mojito, avocado gelato, and more.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Out of Season Sweater

Here a winter sweater, finished just in time for summer. I'll get to use it next week though, in the chill of the library archive where I'll be for a few days.

Monday, May 4, 2009


A loyal reader (thanks Naunihal!) informs me that teff is the grain used to make Injera. Google informs me that injera is that delicious fermented pancake-like bread one gets at Ethiopian restaurants. Google also says that it is the smallest known grain, and fairly bursting with good-for-you things. I may be trying my hand at some injera-making; stay tuned.

Skirt Steak

with brown rice and roasted cauliflower.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Made of ground buffalo, seasoned with ketchup and an egg. I sauteed them with turnips, carorts, and spring onions, and we ate them with pasta and pesto.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Hello Kitty Waffles

Daycare is closed today (!), so I am home with The Three. Eldest Child wanted waffles in her new Hello Kitty waffle maker, so that's what we did. Today's improvised recipe:

1 1/2C whole wheat flour (King Arthur's new "white whole wheat")
1/4 C teff flour (don't know what teff is; but if my local organic grocer sells it, I buy it)
1T sugar
1/2 t salt
2t baking powder
2 eggs
6T (more or less) coconut oil
1 3/4C milk

I have to say, Hello Kitty makes a nicely portioned, tasty waffle.

New Scarf

Voila, my latest, knit in a bamboo/silk blend suited to the heat of a southern summer. As ever, the colors (of both, thank goodness, my skin and the scarf) are not true, and are more vivid in real life.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Skirt Steak

marinated in soy sauce, with steamed brocco-flower (Frankenstein vegetable!), and leftover oat groats with parmesan. The steak leftovers became a treat for our god-dog, Rodney.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CSA Rapini

Sauteed with garlic, chopped up, and mixed with oat groats, parmesan, salt, and pepper. With salad mix. I wolfed mine and stole some of my spouse's.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

I turned 39 yesterday, and celebrated with a little dessert party. Over the weekend my kind spouse brought home a dozen of Miss Sue's eggs (I'm on record as being crazy about those eggs). Naturally I was thrilled, but since we already had four dozen eggs in the house, I was also a little abashed about how they'd ever get eaten. Then it came to me: cake and ice cream. Specifically, Frank Stitt's strawberry ice cream (six yolks) and an angel food cake (twelve whites). Both were successful, very delicious. The angel food cake brought back childhood memories to me, since that was the last time I'd had angel food; it's very, very good. I made two batches of ice cream base, one of which worked, the other of which didn't (I overcooked the custard and ended up with scrambled eggs). I regretted the second batch, but the first was perfect so I suppose I don't need to ask for more.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Vegetable Pasta

Sauteed broccoli, yellow carrots, and spring onions, with a smidge of bacon, over sprouted-grain pasta. if the Ezekiel company makes it, we eat it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Salad

One of my favorite signs of spring (actually, it's a sign of late spring) is the appearance of sage flowers in the garden. I can take sage or leave it alone, for the most part, but I love how pretty its periwinkle flowers look in a salad. They taste mildly sage-y. For dinner we had the salad, rye berries, and the last two nights' leftovers (meatballs in soup).

Kamut Pasta

with sauteed greens and meatballs made of the following: ground pork, an egg, chopped fresh sage, grated apple, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Impromptu Soup

of sweet potatoes and kale, using a Christmas lima bean soup base. The Christmas lima beans were my first booty from, a website that will make you want to order beans. They were beautiful and delicious. So was the soup, which I served with a dollop of pesto, and toast with a spread I made with ricotta, plain yogurt, scallions, and dill.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pork Chops

with rye berries and roasted brussels sprouts.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Grilled Mahi

with quinoa and the first turnips of spring.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lamb Chops

with brown rice and sauteed red cabbage. The cabbage was particularly good, though I didn't do anything special: sliced it fine, and sauteed in olive oil. The key, in my opinion, is to brown it a little bit. This takes a while, but is worth it.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Violet Sock (Part I)

Half the pair done, and normally I'd wait to post until they both were, except that I'm so excited about how well the yardage worked out. See that little coil at the bottom, under the sole? That is the foot or two left from the skein. If you don't knit you will not maybe be as thrilled about this as a knitter would. Usually, you see, one either doesn't have enough in the skein or ends up with lots leftover; rarely does the Yardage Goddess smile and allow you exactly as much as you need for the project. (This sock, for example, used exactly one 135 yd. skein, so you can see how finely cut it was to have only a foot or two left.)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sauteed Pollock

with rappini, and oat groats with parmesan and dill. I hoovered my plate clean.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chicken with Preserved Lemon

This was my second attempt at this dish; this time I had the nigella seeds (thanks Mom!) the recipe calls for. They are also called black cumin, as well they might be, since that's what they taste like. I served it with rye berries and no vegetable, because I just couldn't get it together to make one. Very delish, and lots of leftovers for lunch.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crab Cakes

with spinach and coconut rice. I made the latter by making brown rice in the rice maker as usual, adding a dollop of "coconut concentrate" (basically, what's left of the coconut after oil is pressed from it). I thought it was delicious, but the texture could have been improved in a few ways, starting with less coconut (and hence, less slight graininess).

Speaking of delicious though in need of improvement: I tried, two nights ago, to make chicken, potatoes, and sprouts in my tagine. The first time I tried it I used too little water and ended up with raw vegetables. This time I used too much water and boiled it into mush. Said mush, however, was incredibly tasty, as I have just re-confirmed by having its leftovers for lunch.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit

Will I in fact do anything the food section of the NYT Sunday Magazine tells me to? All signs point to "yes." Today I ordered five different kinds of heirloom beans from a grower in Napa Valley for no better reason than the NYTSM made it seem like a good idea. More than that: I became instantly certain that beans are my future, my new staple of choice, the Answer to Everything. Never mind that I'm the only one in my family who likes beans, that I've had them before, that they are in fact just *beans*. The food section of the NYTSM has spoken; I have obeyed.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Meatballs (An Underrated Comestible)

I made them with ketchup, garlic, salt, and an egg. We had them with brown rice, and roasted brussels sprouts and shiitakes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chicken Sausage

with rappini and oats with pesto.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Home Again

After a trip to NYC. Celebrated with sauteed perch with dill, spinach, and oat groats with parmesan.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Chicken sausage with feta and spinach

with brown rice and broccoli rappini.

Grilled Mahi

with brown rice and roasted brussels sprouts.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


with pesto and spinach. I'm assuming it was delicious.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Placeholder Post

I have not actually been able to taste anything for about four days now, which has cut into my food-posting energy. I can say that I made a banana-orange-walnut spice loaf this weekend that smelled so good it made me unable to stand still (from The Best Recipe, a favorite of mine). I'll let you know if it tasted as good as it smelled as soon as I'm in a position to say.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Nina Ricci

In case anyone was wondering, the very next time I'm invited to walk and be photographed on a red carpet, this is what I'll be wearing.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cap-Sleeve Vaila

The short-sleeved sweater: a garment I love. Doesn't feel bulky under a coat, yet keeps one warm; offers endless color and textural possibilities through the magic of layering; is much faster to knit than long-sleeved varieties. This pattern is called "Vaila," and worked out pretty much just as I'd hoped. Sweaters can change a lot in the wearing, but so far so good.