Try something new…

Try something new…

It is with sheepishness that I write a new post, now, after so long of not. Longtime readers will know my struggle to blog: I am a freelancer, with lots of little kids, so the more I get paid work, the more the blog gets neglected. I have considered retiring the blog, and I may … Continue reading

Dinner, like, right this minute

Dinner, like, right this minute

I have long been a proponent of homemade dinner, every night, no excuses. No time in the evening? Do some stuff in advance, and pull everything together in the last half hour. Right? Well, I have been eating some crow lately. My (very small) kids have been taking karate lessons, which land us arriving home … Continue reading

Happy new year! (Get inspired!)

Happy new year! (Get inspired!)

Pardon my silence since the year turned; I have been slammed with some new, fun work, which usually means neglecting this blog. But I have been struck by how inspiring, foodwise, 2014 has been already, and this coming from someone busy enough (the small kids, blah blah blah) to generally cycle through the same workhorse … Continue reading

Pork rubs I have loved…

Pork rubs I have loved…

Do you love rubs as much as I do? They are brilliant—mix up, rub on your meat, pop in the oven (or on the grill), and reap the deliciousness. What could be better than something this easy for this insane time of year, when we’re lucky to emerge from our houses fully-dressed, right-side up, each … Continue reading

Holiday desserts, no oven required

Holiday desserts, no oven required

For those of you joining us from SELF.com, welcome! For those of my regular readers who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out this story at SELF.com, where some of my ideas for no-bake holiday desserts appear, along with those of other food bloggers. My two options are old-school—pudding—and fancy-pants—panna cotta. Both are … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey all, I’ve got nuthin’ for you today, other than greetings—just dutifully preparing crusts for my pies (if you’re curious, I’ll be making this pie, and this one, and this one). We lucked into a Thanksgiving invitation this year; ideal for a family with a new baby in the mix, since all we have to … Continue reading

Meatless? Me?

Meatless? Me?

Those who know me know that I am far, FAR, from a vegetarian. As I type this, bacon fat lurks in my freezer for cooking and baking projects, a quarter of a cow nestles snugly in my deep-freeze, and many of my favorite recipes for vegetable sides have traces of meat in them (like this … Continue reading

In need of a quickie: posole

In need of a quickie: posole

Years ago, I tested a peerless (as usual) recipe of Susan Spungen’s for the now defunct Weekend Magazine for posole. I had never had posole previously, but it remains my go-to recipe—pork shoulder simmered with pureed sweet chiles until falling apart, along with chunks of roasted butternut squash and chewy kernels of hominy. At the table, … Continue reading

The solution to the leftover pasta conundrum

The solution to the leftover pasta conundrum

Sometimes you’re stuck with not really a full portion of pasta, or else a portion that someone else has already eaten all the meatballs out of, or almost enough to make into a meal—but not quite. I already wrote here about the genius of the pasta frittata, and I encourage you to try it if … Continue reading