a frittata-inspired pep talk

The above frittata took from me five eggs, three stalks of red chard, half a zucchini, a block of feta, an onion, some garlic and a tablespoon of coconut oil, and what did it give back in return? A giant, sloppy mess. With browned edges. And rose-colored liquid all over the counter. In short, DISASTER. Now can I be honest with you? People, I have days (ok, weeks) like that frittata, and I don't mean in the kitchen. There are times (recent times) where I feel like I'm investing a lot of hours, energy, effort, what-have-you into something (say, self-employment), expecting certain results, and when those results don't come: DISASTER! Panic! Stay out of my way! It's not pretty. Again, kind of like that frittata. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Me! (with Talenti Gelato)

I know I'm only going off a few hours of experience here, but listen: 28 is going to be a very good year. And while I'd love to tell you about the way it's started---with a leisurely brunch at Honey (a favorite local cafe about which, side note, I have some exciting news to share soon!)---or about the way it's heading---leaving again for a Nashville weekend tomorrow!---one thing is especially important, given that birthdays call for celebration and, hello?, celebration calls for ice cream. So let's get to the good stuff: Let's talk gelato (and sorbetto!). From Talenti. … [Read more...]

It’s Not a Blog Party, but It’s a Blog Party!

Food Loves Writing turns two on Wednesday. How did this happen? Doesn't it feel like just yesterday that we were having its one-year party in Downers Grove, and a bunch of you were coming out to say hi, and we were hot and sweaty, but mostly we were eating and laughing, happy, I was happy, thankful for all the blog had done and brought? Yet here we are, and while this second year has been a lot different from the first, it's been no less good, no less filled with surprises, no less something to be very thankful for---because you've been there, each one of you. So to celebrate this August 4, while I'm not having a real-life blog party, I'm having a virtual one! You're invited. … [Read more...]

two new things but no new recipes or, time

There are two things on my mind this morning, seemingly unrelated, and I am sorry to say that while they will involve food, they won't come with a new recipe, just one that's been posted here before. You could say they're two culminations, the kind that build for months and months, the kind that reached fruition this week, like recipes that rumble around in your head until you make them or tastes that stay with you until one day, you're at a party and someone hands you a cracker with an interesting spread, and you say, aha! this is what I been wanting! That's what they're like. … [Read more...]

from up above

I have been wanting to write something about food here---since, you know, this is a food blog or, it's supposed to be. I have been wanting to cook something and take pictures and tell you about it, I really have. And I've tried. I mean, Monday, after being out of town for the weekend, I barely unpacked before I roasted broccoli in coconut oil, which is a new way of making it for me. Tuesday, I ate grilled tilapia and grilled asparagus with my family. Each morning this week, I've made eggs, first over easy, then sunnyside up for breakfast, usually with a smoothie on the side. And last night, using the same method I blogged about here, I roasted golden beets to put in a salad with greens and goat cheese and red onions. But every time I think about blogging one of these things, I come back to that picture up there, the one taken from my airplane window Saturday, bound for Cincinnati. It's crazy how different everything looks from up above, you know? On the ground, I can tell you … [Read more...]

Review: Grow Great Grub

Like I said last month, book reviews aren’t really the emphasis of this site, but we’ll make exceptions. Since Grow Great Grub has inspired me to launch past my existing gardening attempts (i.e., beautiful summer tomatoes and a sad Meyer lemon tree) into the world of potted herbs (stay tuned!), I thought you might like to hear about it, too. Overall: I was so excited to get a review copy of this book because the whole point of it is that not only can you garden anywhere, but also you can grow food anywhere ---even in the city, even in a small space. Rather than fancy pots or planters, you’ll see gorgeous photos of seeds sprouting in repurposed tins, wooden crates, trash cans, even toilet paper rolls in this book. There’s attention given to making these creative gardens aesthetically pleasing as well as practical, which anyone in a small space would recognize as important and which I think makes the process seem much more approachable and worth trying. The Author: I love … [Read more...]

Happy Valentine’s Day (tomorrow)!

The following is a clip from "Feel Love Tomorrow," written by Bryce Taylor of the Yale Daily News, and I think it's just as beautiful and appropriate today as it was last February 13. Love, after all, encompasses a great deal more than romance; it comes in many forms. We can love a spouse, and we can also love cookie dough ice cream. We can love a parent, a place, a work of art — even a stuffed animal. One of the most common forms of love is simple affection. Affection grows out of familiarity and thus depends on regular contact over time. While a new home, a young puppy or an unheard song may bring excitement and adventure, they incite none of the tender fondness of the familiar home, the old dog, the longtime favorite song. Friendship is another kind of love, one that incorporates affection but remains distinct. Whereas affection is a feeling, friendship is a relation. In contrast to mere acquaintance, it springs from and orients itself around a common interest, a shared … [Read more...]