mains, salads

chopped winter salad with quick-pickled vegetables.

January 13, 2016

chopped winter salad with pickled vegetables.

Hi! Just me.

Most likely, the same exact me as before, complete with talents and shortcomings and strengths and weaknesses and the whole bit. Last year vanished in a blur of work and life things, one tumbling in right after the next, and i felt mostly like the circus act with the spinning plates most days. A small handful of precious days were spent not doing anything productive, but those were few and far between. If I had to grade 2015, I’d have gotten an A- for learning, growth, and reaching beyond my comfort zone, and an D- for blogging. D+ for keeping up with friendships, and that would be generous. B+ for parenting, though, so that’s something. Continue Reading…

feast magazine article

I made you all the Thanksgiving desserts.

November 16, 2015
Pie's the Limit: All the thanksgiving desserts for Feast Magazine.

all the desserts: photograph by Jennifer Silverberg (because I’m not capable of this sort of immense talent but you all know that already.)

Can we talk about Thanksgiving for a minute? Or just November in general? It may be turkey season here in the United States, but it’s baking season all over the world. No one really ever asks me how best to cook a turkey, because frankly, I have no idea.

But sometimes, friends…sometimes people ask me to weigh in on desserts. The reasons for this should be obvious. Continue Reading…

appetizers, feast magazine article, mains

Feast Magazine x 2: sugar beet syrup and sweet potato leaves.

November 6, 2015

spaghetti with sweet potato leaves and garlic cream sauce.

Dateline – Friday, 6 November, 2015. Went to Whole Foods intent on grabbing the next ingredient for my column and some green juice I really like that inexplicably can only be found there.

Came out with an alternate ingredient (since my first choice wasn’t around, PER USUAL), no green juice, and a still-warm, almond-filled, 3,000-calorie croissant.

Because Fall. Because brisk, sunny, early mornings where I can see my breath. Because I’m congratulating myself on getting over my cold and also for painting my guest bathroom. Because I know how to kick it. Continue Reading…

jeni's spinalong

jeni’s spinalong: chocolate-flecked blackstrap praline ice cream with black walnut praline and singed marshmallows

November 1, 2015

blackstrap praline ice cream.

I like how last time I was all “Hi yay I think I’m ready to start blogging again!” and now, a month later, it’s like *crickets*

It’s the thought that counts, maybe.

I’m going to cross and un-cross my fingers a few time and say that I’m fairly certain i’ve wrapped my last feature for Feast for at least a few weeks. Decent timing, I have to say, because the holidays are just around the corner, and I have some cleaning / painting / organizing to do before people show up at my door. Until then, I plan on yes, blogging, for real this time – I received maybe 827 new cookbooks for my birthday this year, and I have yet to dig into them. it’s time. Continue Reading…

desserts, jeni's spinalong

Jeni’s Spinalong: PB+J Sandwich with Milk Ice Cream Terrine

October 1, 2015
the new "ice cream sandwich."

the new “ice cream sandwich.”

Because I’ve been known to make questionable (but exhilarating!) life decisions when I get stressed. Like, for example, turning to childhood foods for sustenance, then taking those foods and turning them into ice cream desserts.

Because life.

So this happened. If I think about it, it’s probably a combination of not having time to sit down during lunchtimes recently, and also packing lunch in a carousel horse-themed lunchbox for my child everyday. Whatever it is, it’s made my own childhood lunches come to mind, including my favorite sandwich, the Peanut Butter + Jelly.

Continue Reading…