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...]

Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers

Like businesses, music, vacations and books, most meals begin as ideas---but as ideas that come more quickly down the mental conveyor belt than sonatas or summer getaway plans. A conversation at the office jogs a memory of Grandma's butter cookies, and the kitchen finds you rolling dough; a blog post inspires dessert and you're beelining for the pantry; or, unexpectedly on a weekday afternoon, a hunt through the refrigerator, opening drawers and crispers, fills your hands with bright red peppers and cauliflower and recalls a possibility you'd almost forgotten---and then, that quick, momentary thought, incubated right away in discussion and action, becomes a recipe you test twice in one week with your husband, the two of you lost together in discovery, in watching the abstract become something you hold in your hands and eat. … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Fried Rice

cauliflower fried rice

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow." Robert Louis Stevenson I hate to admit this but: I think the flowers on our front porch are dying. I know. I bought them back in March, for $7, on a hot and windy day where I had to hold my skirt down just to keep it from blowing, and I repotted them next to our welcome mat, in a place where you could see them from the road, hoping their bright pink buds would add just a tiny bit of color to the green landscape that surrounds our little house. Since then, there's been watering, sometimes, like when I've looked at them out our dining room window and realized it's been at least a few days of forgetting. But there's also been heat, lots of it, enough to make the edges of the flowers brown---just at the tips---prompting me to water them again, until I'd forget again; now, they're dry and crisp-looking. I'm a terrible gardener. And not just of flowers. In an email the other day, my friend Kendra … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

cauliflower pizza

“When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen in her face.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Today is Tim's birthday, the first one since we've been married. And over the last few weeks, as I've been thinking about its coming up, reflecting on what our life together is like now, about how this birthday would be different from all his previous birthdays, sandwiched between our daily rhthyms of working from home and sleeping side by side and sharing breakfasts, lunches, dinners, I've been wanting so much to explain to you, somehow here on this blog, exactly what my face would show if you could see it: I have a good husband. I told Tim early when we were dating, I had a little bit of a fear of marriage growing up, a fact I know some people can't understand and others get all too well. The best I can explain it, I think, is that when you've been exposed to bad marriages, or to their problems, when you're young enough, you don't know how to take it. And for me, I took it … [Read more...]

always, with lemon (roasted cauliflower)

While it’s true I’m easily persuaded about most things, whether it’s trying cookies without flour, taking trips to new places or realizing I’d been wrong all along about that crazy thing called meatloaf, you could still say there are a few fixed aspects of my nature, ones I don’t expect I’ll ever shake. It’s hard to imagine a me that didn't love the sky, for example, who didn't stare at the clouds or gasp at a golden sunset. Would I still be myself if I didn't notice the seasons change? I love the way my dad chuckles when he knows he's wrong, the way my mom only shows her full grin when she's laughing hard, how my younger brother is a better driver, planner and cook than I am. And really, I'll always move towards relationships without pretense. That's just who I am. Since they say a person is defined by what she really loves, you might as well also know, in that case, that I like fall leaves and fresh fruit and people who sacrifice without expecting anything in return. I … [Read more...]