Strawberry Leek Pizza with Kefir-Soaked Einkorn Crust

Picking up where we left off Tuesday, here's a strawberry leek pizza---because nothing showcases summer strawberries quite as well as dolloping them onto a cracker-like crust, alongside sauteéd leeks and cheese. The strawberry-leek combo here came to us after making Sara's quesadillas, which, yes, we already referenced in the last post but, trust us, they're good enough to warrant at least one more nod. The combination of golden, oily leeks with sweet, sliced strawberries is one of those classic pairs that, after you taste them together, you'll want to apply elsewhere again and again. The night I came home from strawberry picking, Tim and I were standing there in the darkening kitchen, eating our slippery, gooey quesadilla triangles, wondering out loud where else strawberries and leeks could belong, "Paninis!" one of us said. "Grilled cheese!" from the other. Then, "Tarts!" "Pies!" "Quiche?" when, like a giant "of course!" it came to us. Pizza. Pizza! … [Read more...]

Strawberry (Basil) Jam + Strawberry Jam Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Last week, my friend Christina and I went strawberry picking. I like Christina. Christina is sharp and funny and unassuming enough to regularly surprise you as you get to know her over time. She's one of the maybe three friends I've ever had who is a twin. I've always wished I were a twin. People sometimes mistook my brother and me for twins (do you see it?) but, as his knee-jerk reaction has always been sheer and absolute horror when these assumptions have been made, I think it's safe to say I'm the only one flattered there. I met Christina's twin, Nicole, a few months ago over tacos at a table barely as wide as a paperback book; I liked her, too. … [Read more...]

Writer Chats, Part II: Cures for Creative Roadblocks

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We're thrilled to share this second post in our Writer Chats series, which comes from the ever inspiring Nicole Gulotta. Nicole blogs at Eat This Poem and founded the food philanthropy site The Giving Table. This post, which deals with creative roadblocks, is excerpted from her most recent issue of the Right Brains Society newsletter, a splendid source of creative inspiration, if ever there were one. Learn more about and subscribe to her newsletter here. If you find yourself sitting in front of a computer screen for long stretches of time, you’ll probably hit a wall. Even if you spent the last hour typing away and have something to show for it, you'll eventually reach your limit or feel stuck, but it doesn’t mean your creativity is gone for good. Instead, it’s a gentle nudge telling you it’s time to take a break. … [Read more...]

The House Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes

I'd eaten at Tim's approximately two times when I started to sense a theme. When that guy makes a salad, he makes it a particular way. Maybe everybody does this? Over the following years and months, I've eaten this same basic salad with him alongside grilled cheese sandwiches, at fancy dinners we've thrown for friends, during Sunday night barbecues, on lazy weeknights and in many spaces in between. I've eaten it so many times with him that it's truly become our salad, the one we always make, the fallback, the standby, the one we're calling The House Salad, with Cucumbers and Tomatoes. … [Read more...]

Not Your Momma’s Chocolate Pudding (Three Ways)

Chocolate pudding has always been my comfort food---and, contrary to what the title of this post might suggest, my momma makes a great one. That hot, creamy Cook N'Serve of my childhood was pure heaven to the both of us more nights than I can count. We'd pull out the tiny cardboard box, rip open a paper envelope, combine the contents with milk on the stove and whisk and heat that mixture until it grew into a thick, creamy, throat-coating dessert. I liked it best when it was hot, almost steaming. But we'd both also eat it cold, having been covered with wrap in the fridge. It was milky. It was rich. It was the first thing I'd reach for when I'd had a rough day. But lately, I've been learning there's more than one kind of creamy, chocolate comfort. … [Read more...]

Writer Chats, Part I: Keep Writing Instead

The following Sunday post is part of what we would love to turn into an ongoing series here at the blog, in which writers conversationally share about the ways they write. If reading this post gets your wheels turning about your own stories, let us know. Submissions are being accepted at WritingSeries [at] FoodLovesWriting [dot] com. From time to time, people email me to ask for advice from a writer. … [Read more...]

Creamy and Colorful Raw Kale Salad

The other night, when Tim and I ate this salad, we'd just come back from a few hours of driving through neighborhoods. Tim and I do a lot of driving through neighborhoods. You could say driving through neighborhoods is our thing. I guess that's good---that there's a thing we have, you know, together. When my friend Julie got married in 2006, I remember the pastor saying something in his homily about how every couple ought to share a hobby of some kind. "Tennis or cooking or sports," he'd suggested, right there at the front of the church filled with people and flowers and music. I hadn't yet met Tim that day, standing up there with three other girls in blue dresses with cap sleeves, but I still like to think about the hobbies we were already sharing, even so. In 2006, for example, I was baking batch after batch of biscotti for favors at that friend's sit-down wedding reception. Meanwhile, the Ohio man I would someday marry was rolling out and topping homemade pizza crusts to keep in … [Read more...]