Lemon-Maple Kale Salad with Dates and Almonds

Have you ever massaged your kale?! I didn’t really understand why kale salads were so popular until I learned the massaging trick. Now it all makes sense. Bitter and tough, but loaded with flavor, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, kale has a well-deserved reputation as a numero uno leafy green. And when you break down its defenses with a little salt and a lot of tough love, it yields, becoming less... read more

Tasty Food Writing: A Chat with Dianne Jacob

When I set out to write my first cookbook Well Fed, I read and re-read (and re-read) Dianne Jacob’s wonderful book Will Write For Food to help improve my food writing and to avoid embarrassing recipe faux pas like putting my ingredients in the wrong order, using confusing quantities, or forgetting to edit out nondescript words like “delicious.” Will Write For Food continues to be a... read more

Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

I wrote the post below in 2009 when I was going through a transition in my workouts. I was reminded of it this morning, while I struggled to get comfortable in the position needed for bent-over barbell rows. “Grrrr… I HATE these!” my inner eight-year-old said, in a petulant voice. I did the damn bent-over rows, but I pouted the whole time and wasted all kinds of mental energy on the... read more

I Started My Own Business

I’ve mentioned the wonderful Hey, Eleanor web site and podcast before. In case you’re unfamiliar, Molly Mogren of Hey Eleanor, writes honestly and eloquently about her adventures trying things that scare her. She also does a really nice job interviewing other people who faced their demons head on. It’s all very inspiring and motivating and educational; a delight, really. Molly and I... read more

Snap Peas with Lemon, Mint, and Pistachios

The pick-your-own garden at our CSA Sunrise Farm is twisted with beautiful pea vines right now! Both snow peas and snap peas are on the menu, and I’m delighted to see both of them. They’re two of the three legumes—green beans/wax beans are the other one—that are paleo-friendly (because they’re more pod than pea… YAY!). Snow peas, a.k.a, Chinese pea pods, are the flat ones... read more

Fresh Tarragon Salad

  The herbs at our CSA are busting out in pretty green leaves all over the place. I wander the rows of the herb garden like a hobbit—scissors in one hand, stems of herbs clutched in the other—muttering to myself about all the delicious things I can do with those succulent leaves. “Oooh, the fresh oregano would be so good with the zucchini. Mint! I can make a salad with mint and snap peas... read more

Best Paleo Recipes of 2014

One of the things that pretty nice about the world of paleo cooks is that we all know and support each other, so even though I work at home with only Smudge and Dave for company, I feel like I have colleagues I can rely on for support and fun conversation… It’s just that our “office” is spread out all over the world. Bill and Hayley of Primal Palate organized a bunch of us paleo... read more

Reading Day 2: Recharge

On January 1, Dave and I tried our first official Reading Day. (You can read all about it here, including my lengthly list of favorite books.) It was a reaction to the massive amount of exhausting, awesome fun we’d been having since our move to Vermont. We enjoyed the intense relaxation of Reading Day so much, we decided to put one on the calendar once a month when we were developing our plan to... read more

Rapini with Potatoes and Italian Sausage

There are very few foods I dislike outright (hello, capers!), and I’m pretty open to trying at least one bite of anything I’ve never eaten before. So it’s pretty rare for me to run into a vegetable I haven’t cooked at least once, but the rapini in my CSA basket last week was a new one for me. Fun! Faced with that mysterious green bundle, I fell down a rabbit hole of research. Here... read more

My Newsletter

Today I sent out the second edition of my newsletter! I’m walking around with a ridiculous amount of swag because of it. I mean, my to-do list has include “Launch newsletter” for, like, five years. That’s no joke. So I’m really happy to have launched it, and I’m pleased with the format. I’m playing around with a narrative approach that weaves together things that... read more

Thai Yummy Salad

When I was a kid, we ate dinner together every night at 5:00 p.m., and we decided at breakfast what was on the menu for dinner. My family loves to cook and eat — and now, I spend even more time cooking (and cleaning!) in the kitchen than I ever imagined. Dave and I don’t eat in restaurants very often, but about every other week or so, he insists on treating me to a dinner I don’t have to... read more

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