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feast magazine, november 2014: roasted parsnip + burdock root with pomegranate-soy glaze.

feast magazine, november 2014: roasted parsnip and burdock root with pomegranate soy glaze.

November is here; You can all start worrying about the upcoming holiday season now. If you’re a blogger, you’ve already made yourself sick wondering if you holiday posts will stand up to everyone else’s. It’s also the weekend where – if you live in an area which recognizes Daylight Savings Time – your clocks get set back an hour, and normal people use that hour to sleep. Not me! I use that hour to inadvertently wake up at what is now 4:30 am versus my normal 5:30 am. Should be a banner day. Continue reading →

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feast magazine, february 2014 [part one]: black walnuts.

black walnuts.

So: black walnuts, otherwise known as the nut I was tasked with creating recipes around for this month’s Feast magazine: let’s talk about them. When I was asked to do a feature article on black walnuts, I was obviously elated: me? write a feature? Yes, please: I would love that. I am honored. I am utterly geeked out by your request yes I will do it. But then it dawned on me: black walnuts?

I know nothing about black walnuts.

Now, you could argue here that my entire columnist life is centered around ingredients I largely know nothing about until I work with them for the magazine, but that’s 1 recipe: this time, they were asking for a full writeup and 6-7 recipes. Add to that the direction to balance sweet to savory and make it all winter-centric, and you get one nervous writer.

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individual winter root vegetable souffles.

winter root vegetable souffles.

The one thing I’ve noticed since I started writing for Feast is that I look at the magazine from a different perspective than I used to. Unavoidable, perhaps, because now I know them and talk to them, and they’re real people to me, whereas before they existed only in the abstract. So the magazine, for me, has become a way to see what all the other kids’ assignments were for that month. When it comes out, I look through it to see what everyone did, and how it all came together into one finished piece. On one hand, it’s a cool perspective to have, because you get to see people’s work more as an extension of who they are, and as a way of getting to know them. The downside of this is that I don’t ever seem to just thumb through it like I used to, seeking out what I may like to make from the plethora of recipes showcased each month. I miss doing that. Continue reading →

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butternut squash + sweet potato soup.

butternut squash + sweet potato soup.

I feel like the Midwest has reached the Official Second Tier of Chilly for the season: I can see the puffs of breath and car exhaust in the morning, we rarely leave the house without some sort of sweatshirt or coat on, and the days are brisk and mostly sunny. I’m making the most of things until Daylight Savings Time kicks in, which will signal the end of our evening walks (as it will get dark by 5 pm, a total bummer for someone who walks regularly and really loves this time of year for it) and the start of much shorter days. I know for certain that it’s soup weather: I’ve been wandering through cookbooks searching for new ones to try. Continue reading →

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fennel soup + chorizo mini-meatballs.

fennel soup + chorizo mini-meatballs.

Sunday, 6 October 2013, 1:00 pm.

  • weather: chilly and waffling between clouds and sun; a little moody. sweater weather.
  • sleep quality: wonderful, mostly because it was cold in the house all night.
  • plans: none, except for a little recipe experimentation.
  • sound: football, as background noise; iPod, on a weather-appropriate shuffle.
  • owl candelabra: lit up like a Christmas tree, as are most of the other candles. Chilly weather calls for flickering flame of some sort.
  • lunch/dinner craving: this soup.

Who knew fennel soup was so entirely soul-satisfying? I, for one, did not. I couldn’t quite put my finger on how it would taste, considering it looks a lot like a celery root soup, somehow creamy, yet without any cream in it. I’ve had some experience with fennel in the recent past, but nothing which would lead me to believe that this soup would turn into one of my favorites.  Continue reading →

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pumpkin + caraway pan scones.

pumpkin + caraway pan scones.

Please allow me to introduce to you my opening shot for pumpkin season: the pumpkin pan scone. It’s not what you think, for there’s not one speck of cinnamon, allspice, or ginger to be found here. Nary a sprinkle of sugar in this little guy; just pure pumpkin, in a semi-savory dish perfect for any time of the day or night.

I’ve realized in the past few years that we (and I mean “we” like Americans) sometimes have too narrow a view of pumpkin and what it can do for us. We’re perfectly willing to whip up all sorts of squashes and root vegetables into savory dishes, but the pumpkin? Always the sweet treatment. Which is great, by the way, because I love it this way; I happily count myself amongst the pumpkin-spice-crazy crowd. Custard pies, cheesecakes, bars, you name it: sweet and delectable, to be sure – but there’s so much more it can do.  Continue reading →

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sweet cherry + rosemary focaccia.

sweet cherry + rosemary focaccia.

One more for the road, people; I’m writing this post and then launching myself face-first into my suitcase so I can get packed and ready for our flight this Monday. Well that, and a few dozen other odds and ends I need to tie up, but that’s okay: once we’re all in Florida, it’ll be vacation, and vacation food to go with.

Bread and I have been having a little bit of a moment recently, and I’ve been trying to figure out why. It’s just never happened to me before in a summer setting: typically, I get all bread-crazy in the winter. Perhaps this year it’s because I’ve learned how to actually make it versus trying to do so and dissolving in a pile of tears when it inevitably fails. I suppose that makes the entire process more fun for everyone. Continue reading →

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cucumber guacamole.

cucumber guacamole.

I’ve been eating this nonstop for a few weeks now, and it occurred to me that many of you may like it as much as I do. ‘Tis the season to dive headlong into as many avocados as you can find, because they are buttery and scrumptious, and oh so good for you. Even their fat is good for you. Avocados are fabulous, but let’s be honest; the have quite a few calories, and sometimes you just don’t want to care about that. Continue reading →

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memorial day, part two: the recipes.

memorial day: the recipes.

As promised, here are some of the recipes from Memorial Day, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed. None of them requires much in the way of ingredient-purchasing or time committment, which is great when you’re putting things together on a lazy weekend. There’s a few strategies I employ for weekends like this past one, where I want to relax and not spend my entire day in the kitchen; I know some of us really enjoy hunkering down into a flurry of cooking and baking, but during the warmer months, I find myself wanting to do other things as well. It’s important to never feel trapped in the kitchen while everyone else is kicking back outside, and these tips will help you do just that. Continue reading →

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peeled pear + winter greens salad with dill vinaigrette.

peeled pear + winter greens salad with dill vinaigrette.

This post may either bring us closer or cause some unsubscribes, although I hope it doesn’t do the latter. Because it’s a post about a salad, but it’s also a post about a very polarizing public figure.

Gwyneth Paltrow.

Don’t go away; let’s just sit down and talk about this for a few minutes. She’s been getting a borderline crazy amount of flak over her new cookbook, It’s All Good: Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. At first, a few people popped up with some mean little reviews, but now it’s everywhere; and you know what? It’s gotten pretty nasty. I’m not a huge fan of that, even when I don’t particularly like someone, especially because there’s really no call for it. This is not the latest Thomas Keller cookbook masterpiece; nor does it claim in any way to be. Do I think Gwyneth is a little crazy? She sure is, but I think lots of us are a wee bit off the deep end with things we like to do; we’re just not all famous, so no one hounds us about why we’re doing a juice diet for a few days or why we tried Bikram yoga. Because hey, guess what? Those things were considered to be tremendously weird at one time, also. Continue reading →

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