Einkorn Cannoli Cupcakes

When I was a kid, my parents would dart around the house in the final moments before company arrived, lighting candles, cleaning bathrooms, setting appetizers out just right. You could feel the energy in the air in those almost-game-time minutes---a sort of nervous, happy energy---something greater than the sound of my mom’s boom box playing its background harps or violins. When the doorbell rang, my dad would rush to the door, opening it proudly, beaming, welcoming guests inside as he took their coats and greeted them, motioning my brother and me to come say hi. Then, my mom would emerge from the kitchen, winded but obviously delighted at whatever was in her hands, prompting oohs and ahs and questions from the ones who’d been invited to come. Each one meal and its accompanying conversation would take two or three---maybe four or five with particularly talkative friends---hours before dishes were being cleared and the food getting wrapped up and people’s coats being pulled back out to … [Read more...]

Lemon Tarragon Pesto Dressing

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of too much [insert green here] must be in want of a pesto---or, at least, that's how this recipe was born, as a response to too much tarragon in the fridge. Now, I realize I won't be telling you anything you don't know when I say making pesto is easy but, it is. Pesto is a basic formula: greens plus nuts plus oil plus cheese plus salt (and plus garlic! and probably lemon!, at least if you're asking me). Pesto is a basic process: combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and spin! But in return for your short ingredients list and easy preparation method, pesto gives you a killer pizza sauce, fantastic toast topper, the kind of thing to make eating a bowl of pasta a special treat. Sometimes, especially when it's a pesto like the one in this post, I eat pesto all on its own, spooning a bite of it to my mouth, smacking my lips together in sheer delight once I do. But, here's a bonus trick I only learned … [Read more...]

Sara Forte’s Buckwheat Harvest Tart + The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook

If you haven't already heard of The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook, named for the blog Sara and Hugh Forte keep by the same name, you're probably not a food blogger (nor someone who follows The James Beard Awards, for which it is a recent nominee). Last summer, when the book first launched, I only slightly exaggerate that about nine out of ten food blogs I followed featured the book at one point or another. And it's not hard to see why. Like the blog, the Sprouted Kitchen book is gorgeous, filled with colorful, crisp images on every spread. The recipes are focused on whole foods, from lentil meatballs in lemon pesto (the closest thing to non-meat meatballs I've ever had!) to flourless chocolate-banana pudding cakes (souffle-esque and wonderful). While, true, we've mentioned this book briefly here before, last fall when we had Sara's mashies n' greens (our kale mashed potatoes), we wanted to highlight it again, partly because we love how kind and approachable Sara is---something anyone … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetable + Herb Salad, for the People Who Can’t Do Everything (and for the Ones Who Can)

I had a lightbulb moment last week where I realized I cannot do everything (including, this post seems to indicate, take a non-blurry photo of a roasted vegetable dinner). I was sitting in the dining room when it happened: Like most workdays, I had my laptop open before me, streaming sunlight to my right, and, just then, I saw the neighbor working in her yard and thought how I'd like to go say hi---right as my inbox pulled in two new emails, my phone rang, I noticed dust collecting on the floorboards and my open Word document reminded me of how much left on this project there was yet to do. In that moment---that split-second moment---where so many of my honest desires, from keeping a clean house to being a productive freelancer, collided, this single thought, clear as day, hit my heart: I am just a person and I cannot do everything. Thing is, saying there are things I cannot do is humbling. In fact, I'm not sure I want to admit it to you. When you ask me to take on a project, I want … [Read more...]

On Banana Bread (but not really just banana bread)

Like cookies and reading and the beginning of spring, banana bread is something I would tell you I've loved a long, long time. In this blog's infant years, I baked Joy of Cooking banana bread, Boston bakery banana bread and a banana bread with streusel topping that stole my heart. I baked Mrs. Newman's banana cake and, a month into marriage, banana muffins. I've baked banana bread waffles and, more recently, sourdough banana bread French toast. I love banana bread; I get banana bread; when it comes to banana bread, what is there that's left to know? But then a few weeks ago, some friends had us over for dinner and served homemade banana bread for dessert, saying quickly that it was "half almond flour and half quinoa flour" and made with "almond milk instead of regular milk," and, a few bites in, I was looking at banana bread in a whole new way. Afterward, I, of course, went home and, two days later, pulled out (yet another) a beloved banana recipe, revising ingredients as I stirred … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Enchiladas with Poblano Cream Sauce

(Psst... Did you hear Google Reader is retiring? Follow my blog with Bloglovin) As promised, here I am again, on another Tuesday, with another recipe---only, after reading your comments on that last post, today doesn't feel like just another Tuesday. In the time since we last spoke, I've received kind emails and comments full of wise words and advice, and I've found myself stepping back a little, at least internally, asking myself what exactly this space should be. (I've also found myself breaking down crying in a Trader Joe's parking lot, but that's just me being real.) Today, while I'm bringing you a recipe for the craziest, creamiest cauliflower enchiladas that Tim and I made last week and ate again for two more meals (it serves four to six, just note that now), I'm also bringing you a few more thoughts, as they likewise come pouring out of me, and not in the abbreviated way I'd originally planned. … [Read more...]

The Value of Blogging

Hi, gang. Happy Sunday. I know, since last April, we've been keeping our chats mainly Tuesday and Friday affairs, but I hope you won't mind my coming in today with one extra post because, mostly, I've got something extra to say. I've been thinking a lot about blogging. … [Read more...]