Current category: 'Nibbles.'
Oct 9, 2014
I’ve been joking that I’m becoming a homesteader since we moved to Vermont.
That is an (unintentional) insult to homesteaders everywhere.
Preserving things during the summer is a Big Deal here, and after multiple exposures, I could no longer resist the massive towers of 1-quart Ball jars at the co-op, the regular grocery store, and K-Mart. I’ve been tinkering a lot and after several...
Oct 2, 2014
When I was in Miami in May for the BlogHer Food Conference, I ate seriously ginormous chopped salads for lunch every day, topped with golden raisins and roasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds). This week, I caught “MAKE EVERYTHING WITH PUMPKIN SPICE”-Fever. So I roasted pepitas with ghee and a pumpkin spice blend, amped up with a smidge of cayenne. I’ve been sprinkling them on my food...
Jun 2, 2014
The other day, my friend Jen — who is one of those people with good taste, a quick laugh, and the neat trick of making being cool seem effortless — was raving about this stuff called Greenola. It’s a commercially-produced, grain-free granola with bits of kale included in the salty-sweet nuggets. She let me try a bite, and I agreed: it was delicious! But it was also pretty pricey for a very small...
Dec 31, 2012
You know what says “New Year’s Eve”? Chex Mix!
You know what I’m not eating on New Year’s Eve? Chex Mix!
Need something spicy, crispy, crunchy, flavorful, and totally snackable for a special occasion or, ya know, a random Wednesday? Let me introduce you to Serundeng Katjang, or what I like to call Savory Granola.
Traditionally, serundeng katjang is an Indonesian condiment made...
Apr 18, 2012
When we arrived in Costa Rica a few days ago, our first stop, fresh off the plane, was the grocery store in town because it’s a 30-minute ride over rutted, unpaved roads to get to Casa Muy Grande, our house by the sea. We just can’t make an easy grocery run every day, so we tried to stock up. But we had no plan. We kinda grabbed stuff willy-nilly: avocados, cucumbers, oranges, onions, chicken...
Mar 29, 2012
I’ve probably eaten hundreds (if not thousands) of stuffed grape leaves in my life. And about 99% of them were made by my dad. We always called them “stuffed grape leaves,” never dolmas, and they were pretty straight forward: white rice, lamb, minimal seasonings, and a light coating of lemon-egg sauce. We’d soak the leaves in the sink (never in a bowl), then my dad and I would...
Sep 5, 2011
It’s hormone-poisoning week once again, so my appetite and my hormones are all over the place. Inspired by another food blogger’s experiment with savory almond butter, I got to wondering… what would happen if I made almond butter seasoned with the spices from my favorite spiced nut recipe?
The answer: Danger, Will Robinson! Its salty-sweet nuttiness means it’s the answer to the...
Jul 15, 2011
I’ve never liked cantaloupe. The texture always seems off – either too hard and flavorless, or too soft and sickeningly sweet. Blame our conventional produce production cycle, but, frankly, I’ve never understood the appeal of this melon-colored melon. When it shows up on a restaurant fruit plate, I eat around it or force it on Dave.
But last week, our Farmhouse Delivery included a...
Jun 29, 2011
Summer is about to jump off the hook. We’re just a few days away from the numero uno, all-American, let’s-have-a-giant-food-fest-in-the-name-of-patriotism holiday. I’m joining in the new Whole30 that starts on July 1, so I’m shoring up my commitment to help me navigate our social calendar, which is currently bursting at the seams with get-togethers, travel, cookbook...
Jun 13, 2011
This is barely a recipe, but my kitchen experiment – Man! I really want something salty-crispy right now. I wonder what would happen if I toasted these things then sprinkled them with salt? – yielded such surprisingly irresistible results, I feel compelled to share.
I’m not sure if you’ll compliment or curse me after you’ve tried these. I’m ready for either response (and...
Feb 27, 2011
I can’t tell you how desperately I wished this morning that I could just order a pizza for us to nosh on while we watch the Academy Awards tonight. But I didn’t do it!
Instead, as I lounge on the couch in my ridiculously cute leopard-and-pink-rose print pajamas (with ruffles on the sleeve and pant cuffs, no less), we’ll be enjoying delicious dino-chow snacks.
On our menu: