farmhouse salad with wheat beer vinaigrette.

farmhouse salad with wheat beer vinaigrette.

Where. Have. I been?

Well, friends, I’ll tell you; I didn’t drop off the face of the planet, however; I did leave my home state for a 2-week stint in central Florida to assist in a dual move, which felt sort of like leaving the planet. My sweet grandparents moved into a sassy independent living community (because they’re still mega-sassy) while my mother silmuntaenously moved into her new house.

I saw the beach twice.

I did quite a bit of sweating not on the beach.

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Feast magazine feature article: Taste of the Exotic.

feast magazine, april 2015 feature: taste of the exotic.

I think I’m going to let the article speak (mostly) for itself this time (a cruel lie: I ended up with many words); I worked hard on it, and the finished product came out beautifully in both the pages of the magazine as well as online, and I’d like you to see it. I’m going to talk about the recipes in a different way than I usually do; break them out (and down) a little bit. Continue reading →

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feast magazine, april 2015: bitter greens salad with grape molasses-rosemary vinaigrette and grape molasses-candied walnuts.

Feast Magazine, April 2015: bitter greens salad with grape molasses-rosemary vinaigrette and grape molasses-candied walnuts.

Because making recipe titles a paragraph long is what I do, and I do it well.

 I really liked Elizabeth’s comment last round about locating ingredients; so much so that I thought I’d start formatting these a little differently to help out. It’s my mission in the column to unearth unusual ingredients and give you ideas for how to work with it, but I’d also like you to be able to find it. Some months are easy; I have one coming up that I see all the time – in small bins – at grocery stores everywhere, but others require more effort, an online order, or a special trip.

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dark chocolate-cornflake marshmallow treats.

chocolate-dipped cornflake marshmallow treats.

You guys, Easter is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I’m bound by some age-old, preschool-centric law which requires me to fill easter eggs with something and hide them strategically around my home. If I don’t? who knows what could happen. Continue reading →

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just [tiny] vanilla donut cakes.

just [tiny] vanilla donut cakes.

Because sometimes you just need cake.

And sometimes you need that cake needs to be small, because you’re intent on devouring whatever it is you’re making. Also, that cake needs to look like a fancy donut, to satisfy the donut craving lurking in the back of your mind. Continue reading →

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black pepper + tipsy cheddar cornbread.

black pepper and tipsy cheddar cornbread.

I write this post knowing that cornbread is a rather divisive issue. Yankee, southern, sweet, savory, with cheese, without cheese, whatever. I get it. But this cornbread, people…this one, no matter what your very specific preferences, is not to be missed.

As far as I’m concerned, cornbread has to be one thing: perfection. Perfectly textured, pronounced corn flavor, not too dense, not too crumbly. I like my cornbread sweet, but I like a little balance there also…too sweet and should have just made me corn pudding (I love that too, by the way). I like a go-with-anything cornbread. Continue reading →

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braised collard greens with thai flavors.

braised collard greens with thai flavors.

*psst* I saw green things poking out of the ground this weekend. My grass is solidly brown, but I feel like that’ll change relatively soon thanks to some warmer temperatures and a large amount of soul-warming sunshine. I should probably get the Wee One’s sled out of the yard at some point. #classy

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feast magazine, march 2015: rainbow noodle bowl with amaranth leaves and spicy peanut dressing.

rainbow noodle salad with amaranth leaves and spicy peanut dressing.

No pig parts this month! In Feast Magazine’s March 2015 edition, I’m highlighting an ingredient which is both massively underused and phenomenally good for you: amaranth leaves. I celebrate them (because you should celebrate them) by throwing them into this Rainbow Noodle Bowl with Spicy Peanut Dressing. 

So, amaranth…sound familiar? We all know the grain by now, and you see it everywhere, happily parked next to the quinoa and farro and all the other oh-so-trendy grains, but what about the plant they came from? It deserves a little love…frankly, it deserves a LOT of love. And i’m not quite sure why it’s not getting it: amaranth leaves are a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals…total powerhouse greens. Their flavor is as smooth as spinach: mild, with a subtle earthiness, way more tame than kale or collards. Plus, they’re hearty and basically grow all year round. So what gives? Why no amaranth leaf love? Continue reading →

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sticky bun ice cream with cinnamon-pecan swirl and a new series; the Jeni’s Spinalong!

pecan sticky bun ice cream and a new series

It’s March! Which I’m greeting with equal parts “yay!” and “wait, what?” because it truly feels like January and February flew by.

I had time to make you ice cream though! And so did Natalie at Wee Eats. We decided to do a little joint venture this year: a quarterly post where we decide on a theme, pick a Jeni’s ice cream as a starting point, and use our individual dessert superpowers to come up with an ice cream befitting the theme we have chosen. We call it The Jeni’s Spinalong with – quite obviously – Natalie and Shannon. Continue reading →

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you’re invited: academy awards party 2015.

 you're invited: oscar party 2015.

par·ty1  /ˈpärdē/

 noun  
1. a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment.
2. a word used by socially awkward individuals to describe something which happens in the privacy of their own home, usually with very few guests, typically involving decorations and much more food than is necessary.
Such was the case of my most hallowed minor holiday: you can have your Valentine’s Day and your Mardi Gras, so long as you leave me my Academy of Motion Picture Awards Party, a.k.a the Oscar Party.

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