The great garlic scape of 2021

While perusing Instagram for the 72nd straight minute the other day, I came across a post by The Kitchn illustrating what produce is in season right now. And out of the 8 items drawn, I’ve only eaten 4 of them! So this week, I started making my way down the list by trying what IContinue reading “The great garlic scape of 2021”

Adding pork to the menu

Last week, I signed up for Caroline Chambers’ What to Cook When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking newsletter. So naturally I looked nowhere else for this week’s dinners. It was a Caroline-filled week! The first two dinners were new recipes to me, but all the ingredients were old, familiar friends—a pickle-brined chicken sandwich and sesameContinue reading “Adding pork to the menu”

Accepting that I might like salami

A couple weeks ago, in preparation for my forthcoming visit, a friend of mine texted me asking, “You eat Italian combo sandwiches?” to which I replied “Sure.” It was the perfect, innocent response that showed no signs of my intense hatred of pepperoni and other salamis and, instead, permitted me to still be the low-maintenanceContinue reading “Accepting that I might like salami”

Jambalaya, pants on fire!

Hello, friends! After a brief encounter with the fearsome pollen gods, I’m happy to be back to cooking and nose-breathing this week! And not a moment too soon because just before my untimely allergy demise, I had received not one but TWO new cookbooks to dive into! So it only seemed appropriate to make myContinue reading “Jambalaya, pants on fire!”

Finding fennel’s flavor

Each week, I browse my many recipe reservoirs for that week’s dinner inspiration—Pinterest, Half Baked Harvest, cookbooks, you get the idea. Knowing that I’d have a short work and cooking week (hi, vacation!), I panicked when I realized I didn’t have a plan for the blog. Luckily, NYT Cooking, easily my most “adventurous” recipe reservoir,Continue reading “Finding fennel’s flavor”

Tzatziki? More like tzatz-icky!

As I alluded to last week, this week brings my four-part “Dips and Spreads” series to a close. To recap, thus far, I tried tahini, labneh, and hummus, all with relative success! Given that I never used to think I’d like Mediterranean food (I used to hate feta and refused to try any dips forContinue reading “Tzatziki? More like tzatz-icky!”

The hummus that tried to kill me (maybe)

It’s time for part 3 of my 4-week “dips” series! If you’re not caught up, I tried tahini in part 1 and labneh in part 2, both with relative success, which means the dips series lives on! For this week, hummus was a natural next dish to try. Several people had suggested it, particularly sinceContinue reading “The hummus that tried to kill me (maybe)”

Spreading the love with labneh

After trying tahini last week, I decided I’ll do a little miniseries on different dips and spreads. (This obviously would not be the case if I didn’t like the tahini, but since it was successful, I had the courage to move forward with more dips). So this week I gave labneh a try. It’s basicallyContinue reading “Spreading the love with labneh”