His Own Kid
A good pot of beans takes patience and a hearty embrace of simplicity. My path to bean cookery had other lessons, too.
Making Our Way To The Table
Most of us share tables with a few people. Things happen there.
And While We’re on the Subject of Popcorn
The sound of you, a stranger, biting on a raw kernel, causes me to think of the third Cassavetes film I saw.
On Not Hurrying and Making Harissa
The fact that this salad is healthy is not the reason to make it. It bursts at the seams with flavor and aroma, especially if you make the harissa—as I’ve done here—from scratch. It only adds a few minutes and the flavor difference is quite noticeable. It’s also pretty awesome to spend so much time in the company of toasted cumin. This recipe was inspired by the Pastaworks Farro salad in the January 2012 issue of MIX magazine.
Lunchbox Snack or Fancy Food?
I made these for a party and found out my kids love them.
Dinner & Movie– Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas is good. Homesick Texan is even better.
Cooking is about getting in the kitchen and doing it. You don’t have to have perfect skills or fancy lessons because none of this is precious.
Home For The Holidays
Once upon a time I went home with someone else for the holidays; 15 years later, I am home.
Dinner & Movie– Amélie
Gorgeous textures, rich lighting, quirky love story, odd (but lovable) characters, and sensual details in the forefront of every shot. More than anything, this movie makes me want to eat.
We still won’t have cake for breakfast, but hey—we’ll have cake!
Dinner & Movie– Dracula (1931)
In honor of Gregg’s favorite holiday, we chose the 1931 Bela Lugosi version of Dracula for Dinner & a Movie this month. The menu was easy, as I drew on the inspiration I gathered (and…
Autumn Dinner for Anthony
My wine-collecting friend Anthony gave up the sauce to prepare for a marathon. Well, he ran the race in early October and I promised him a grand welcome home to the world of food & wine. Here’s the menu we created.
A bunch of people came to see my house on a home tour, but you can read about my real home here.
Dinner & Movie– True Romance
Gregg is a filmmaker who loves to eat. I’m a food writer who loves movies. Dinner and a movie, the obvious date choice for couples everywhere, is actually woven into the zeitgeist of our…
On Friendships and After-School Snacking
I grabbed a Vietnamese cookbook and tried my hand at making Cha Gio. I needed to do it to remind myself of all the unknowns that turn out good; to remind myself that someday, somewhere A will see something in a girl standing on a table in French class, which might turn out to be a friendship that will take her all the way to the day when she is sending her own daughter off to school.
A Perfect Day
If there is one thing this month has taught me, it’s that pie is not just pie.
Something French and Chocolatey
Anyone who loves to cook has benchmark recipes. For me, one of those recipes is chocolate mousse.
Senses will be on fire
Caponata is from Sicily and represents humanity’s finest romance with the season. You’ll frolic around the kitchen, dicing and cutting, roasting and sautéing, and in the end, you’ll have the climax of summer in a dish.
Creamsicles are quintessentially summer. Why not combine the height-of-summer berry with the height-of-summer treat?
Do you love favas as much as I do? If you want to reap the bright green flavor of early summer, you need to do the blanching.
Some people blow their wad on Porsches, some on Prada. Gregg and I happen to love pouring money into the experience of eating. And what an experience this was!
Summer in the Backyard
When spring explodes into summer, there’s reason to celebrate.
Me, My Dad & Our Butter
There are many paternal lessons to be had, but one of the greatest things my dad taught me (besides how to sear Brussels sprouts in lots and lots of butter) is not to back away from the things that are hard in life.
We all need a few dishes that are trying to live up to every bit as much as we are. Here are my secrets for escaping the gimmick of fast and easy cooking, but still enjoying your time in the kitchen.
Let’s Talk Quinoa (Or Five Grains of Goodness in Austin, TX)
I had an epiphany at Uchiko in Austin Texas, and it has changed my quinoa cooking forevermore.
Everyone must have a story about a spoon. Share yours with me.
Portland Farmer’s Market at PSU May 21, 2011 I spend a fair amount of time at the farmer’s market. Every Saturday, I roll out of bed and have coffee with my husband. My kids are usually…
Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta or June Inspires Me
Inspired by June restaurant in Portland, Oregon, I set out to make a batch of crème fraîche panna cotta. If you, like me, would eat a bowl of crème fraîche all by itself if given the chance, then this recipe is for you. It’s a perfect foil to unadorned crème fraîche gluttony.
Spring Has Sprung
A menu inspired by spring. Get your watercress, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, and lamb on.
Willingness to Share
These scones mix candied ginger with oats, and are a real zinger! One bite and this distant voice inside was enlisting a wake up call from deep within my bones.
What the Cherry Trees Do In Spring
Where does your spark comes from in spring? Is it a piece of art? A recipe? A person? An old, tattered photo on your desk? An ingredient in your kitchen? Please send me your ideas and I’ll incorporate them into my spring menu. Let’s see what we come up with together.
Setting the Table
Setting the table is, to me, one of the most tedious of dinner duties. Yet, it is one of the most important. Setting the table is not—I repeat, NOT—an afterthought, even though I seem intent on treating it like one.
My Salad Days
I’m quite sure that when Malcolm Gladwell wrote Outliers: The Story of Success he didn’t have salad dressing in mind. When he was examining the factors that determine high levels of success, he…
Interview with Hanna Neuschwander
When I met Hanna it was late and loud. We were in a crowded bar at some kind of afterparty. People were drunk. Numbers were being exchanged left and right, and I was starting to think about making…
Pirates and Pancakes
Family life is messy. Everything about it is messy. The clothes all over the floor. The spills. The early-morning unmade beds. The viruses that knock us out, one by one, for weeks on end. The…
You are what you eat or love is a 1000-year-old egg
The worst fight of my life came two years in and occurred after a Sunday morning trip to our favorite dim sum spot. It was one of those things you find yourself in the middle of, feeling like a…
Brunch with coffee writer Hanna Neuschwander
Featured Coffee: Stumptown Indonesia Sulawesi Toarco Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. Coumbia Finca la Florida Victrola Reserve Ethiopia Sidama & Shakisso Nibbles: Deviled eggs with fresh shaved…
Thoughts on Butchery
Read about the Ladies Home Butchery class I took with the Portland Meat Collective.
This is entirely too much sun for October. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gorgeous. It’s just that so many people are cheery and walking around in an annoying state of optimism. I was supposed to…
Summer at the Communal Table
A Menu inspired by daydreams of Argentina Nibbles: Picada plate w/ grilled figs, fried zucchini blossoms, galantine de lapin from Laurelhust Market First Course: Torrontes-bathed clams with…
This Menu was inspired by spring Nibbles: Marcona almonds Fava bean bruschetta with crispy shallots Burrata To drink: J. Christopher Cristo Irresisto, 2009 Main course: Tuscan cold bean salad…