feast magazine article, sides

feast magazine, june 2015: savory tomatillo crumble.

May 31, 2015

savory tomatillo gratin.

Summer is coming, and it’s bringing these tomatillos, a.k.a my Mystery Shopper ingredient for the June issue of Feast. Let’s get to it.

This Month’s Mystery Ingredient: Tomatillos

Also Goes By: Tomate Verde, Husk Tomato, Mexican Husk Tomato, Husk Cherry, Jamberry, Ground Cherry. They are not American green tomatoes, just so you know.

Hails from: Mexico, but grown all over the Western Hemisphere

Recipe: Savory Tomatillo Crumble

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mains, soups

JFK’s new england fish chowder.

May 29, 2015
summer in a little be-handled bowl.

summer in a little be-handled bowl.

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with encyclopedias. What can I say? I love information. We had a set (a few sets, actually) when I was younger, and one of my favorite things to do (I’m showing my nerd here) was to think of something I wanted to know and head to those spectacularly weighty books to locate the answer to my question.

I still do that, only now, it’s via Google or Wikipedia. I ask questions of it in the way that a certain soon-to-be 5-year-old asks me things. What do birds eat besides worms? How much does Canada weigh? Why don’t I see wooly bear caterpillars and fireflies as much as I used to? Things like that: the internet has answers for everything. And I’m on a never-ending quest to know everything. Continue Reading…

appetizers, feast magazine article

feast magazine, may 2015: rose hips (and two ways to use them)

May 6, 2015

roasted grape + rosemary crostini with rose hip puree.

So I wrote this whole thing about how May snuck up on me and how I’m in the middle of another project that’s simultaneously awesome and butt-kicking and super fun and how I’m going to get back to regular posting soon.

Oh! and then I wrote about how I haven’t even watched the April episode of Feast TV, in which my publisher cooks my dang rack of lamb from the April issue. They pick my recipe to make and I can’t even see my way clear to watch it; that’s like some next level Beyonce-esque stuff. What a diva! So I belabor that point for a paragraph or two…

And then I thought: no. Nope! I’ll get back to posting when I get back to it. Whenever that is. Spoiler alert, I have Chinese Almond Cookie Ice Cream sandwiches to post, Just One Question Project answers to think deep thoughts about and then publish, and social media platforms to wholly ignore. And I just got the new Milk Bar Life cookbook, so you’re in for a fun summer. Maybe I even redesign the blog! Maybe I don’t! This is all happening. Continue Reading…

mains, salads

farmhouse salad with wheat beer vinaigrette.

April 22, 2015

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 article, mains, salads, sauces, sides, snacks

Feast magazine feature article: Taste of the Exotic.

March 31, 2015

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…

feast magazine article, mains, salads, sides

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

March 27, 2015

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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breakfast, brunch, sides

black pepper + tipsy cheddar cornbread.

March 11, 2015

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…


braised collard greens with thai flavors.

March 9, 2015

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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