I returned home after a lengthy trip to Texas to find spring had sprung: the daffodils were spent and the ferns unfurling. Nestled amongst said ferns on the shady side of the porch were dandelions, just emerged, with slender leaves and nary a flower in sight. Which of course meant they are at their peak… Read More Risotto of the Week | Spring Broad Bean and Foraged Dandelion
Playlist included Mr. Sun, by Kina Granis.
It’s simply the best of the last of the garden. Eight ears of the last of the sweet corn. Cobs scraped completely clean, releasing all that sweet corn “milk.” I think it’s what makes this soup special. But perhaps, too, it’s that I added in the last few peppers still standing on my counter. Another… Read More Final Harvest | Corn Milk Soup
After nights of pierogies and mounds of mashed potatoes and roast chicken, I yearn for something light. Almost ethereal. This dinner is the lightest of light. Nary a protein to be found. Strictly vegetables. And a bit of white chocolate. What? Tonight’s dinner took the oh-so-seasonal cauliflower and transformed that single veg into both a… Read More Aggressively Vegetarian | Cauliflower “Steaks”
I haven’t made a whole lot of pork lately. I’ve been swooning over spice-rubbed chicken, braising all manner of cuts beef, and grilling plenty of fish. I think pork needs its due. I am a big fan, particularly of bacon and pork belly. It must be the fat. But what about the old standby favorites? … Read More Local Foods Week | Brining Two Kinds of Pork
I’m excited! It’s Local Foods Week again. Coordinated by the wonderful Local Matters, the week is designed to heighten awareness about the benefits of eating local foods (it tastes better! it has more nutrients! it’s benefits small businesses!). All week long there are fun events and activities for the whole family. To encourage participation in… Read More Hooray! It’s Local Foods Week!
Honestly in the summer I can’t be bothered with much. Dinner of a meat and a veg. Perhaps a second veg. If it doesn’t require cooking. And if Cherub loves it. Only then. So if you’re like me and don’t feel up to much, stop by the farmers’ market in your town on Saturday morning… Read More Simplicity from the Farmers’ Market | On the Grill