It’s March: I’m so very happy that our backyard chickens are laying again. These pale green and dark brown eggs were perfect candidates for this weekend’s baking project. … About three weeks ago, we welcomed into the brood: two little foster kids. The girl is 23 months old. Her brother is three and a half. It […]
The other day, I made a batch of carnitas. Actually, I made them twice… two days in a row. Both times, I scraped the bottom of the Dutch oven to get out the itsy bitsy pieces of pork that were stuck to the bottom. The #neverwasteanything part of me couldn’t bear to part with it. […]
There are a hundred (too many) recipes for how to make carnitas, and I’ve seen them all. Add orange rinds. Orange juice. Orange zest. Limes. Lime zest. Onion. Garlic. Milk. Sugar. Brown sugar. Cinnamon. Oregano. Cumin. Coriander seeds. Bay leaves. Marjoram. Jalapeno. Serrano. Pasilla. Chili powder. Tomatoes. Salsa. Hot sauce. Condensed milk. Liquid smoke. Garlic […]
I like potatoes. I like leeks. And I like potato and leek soup. But most of the time, I’m not a fan of the signature beige hue. Know what I’m talkin’ about?
Everyone has a role. Back in the 90s, Ryan and I were the bakers. Armed with Betty Crocker boxes (or Duncan Hines if they were cheaper) and cans of pre-made frosting, we we made cakes for weekend hangouts, birthday celebrations, “I got into college” parties, and so on. If memory serves me correctly, we also […]
“Bring a dish with kale in it.” I was going to a potluck, so braised kale or sautéed kale was not going to work. Hoping for some inspiration, I turned to the internet. First, the food porn sites. Then, a good old-fashioned Google search. When those failed, I sifted through my archived food magazines, the winter […]
Happy New Year! This year, we resolve to spend more time eating, drinking, and conversing with like-minded friends. And by like-minded, we mean people who like to eat, drink and be merry. And talk about food.
The problem with attention-deficit tendencies is that my refrigerator is full of incomplete projects. Among the rubble, three egg yolks (stored in two different containers), an oversized bag of pho noodles, leftover au jus, homemade turkey stock, mashed sweet potato, and pan-seared wild boar. All part of separate projects, all still waiting to be completed.
The thing about traditional Thanksgiving dinners is that every year, we do more or less the same thing: there’s always a prime-grade rib roast, basic mashed potatoes, a salad, and an [unknown] side dish that someone always brings. (This year’s unknown was a decidedly creamy macaroni and four-cheese, courtesy of my cousin Amy – Thanks […]
A few days ago, I received a Facebook message. It went something like this: I have a totally last second, off the wall request that you can absolutely and totally say no to. I am trying to figure out plans for my one year anniversary. One thing I was thinking about was that we never […]
Earlier this year, I found myself in a jam and wound up in the Whole Foods prepared foods section. Desperate to quickly feed a crowd, I purchased a 5-pound container of the Greek Orzo Salad. At $9.99/pound, plus tax, this was not a cheap box of… pasta. Really?! Fifty bucks for orzo?!
A week ago, we collected a couple dozen chicken eggs and drove the trusty Volvo down into the canyon. The occasion: Sunday Brunch with friends at the Mayfield Estate. Even before we arrived, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day. What I didn’t realize was how much this afternoon would remind me […]
Of all the cookbooks you own, how many of them are actually good ones? And since we’re on the subject, what’s your definition of a good cookbook? Quite simply, for me, a good cookbook is a big cookbook. So here’s my theory: Nowadays, just about anyone can publish a cookbook (no offense to friends […]
My opinion about biscuits is this: They have to be light, they have to be flaky, and they have to be fresh. To make biscuits that are all of these things, one also has to understand this truism: Biscuits are not quick, and biscuits are not healthy. And under no circumstance should anyone try to […]
Someone should smack me. In my excitement of developing and executing a special banh mi recipe that I could share with my group of food blogger friends, I sort of forgot to leave a sample at home for my husband. I should also confess that because I was running short on time, I also asked […]
On Barry’s daughter’s wedding day, a wild daisy bloomed from a rock in the shade of a cedar three. – Whalen Summit, Shasta County, CA. Years ago, we collected seeds. All sorts of them; little ones, big ones. Round ones, skinny ones. Seeds from Zone 2. Seeds from Zone 8. Devoted seed collectors, we never […]
For what seems like the forty seventh Sunday in a row, I had a late start. Rolling out of bed at 8:38 AM, I had exactly 22 minutes to brush my teeth, get some clothes on, comb my hair, make “something with tomatoes or zucchinis” for this months’ Food Bloggers Los Angeles (FBLA) meeting, and […]
After a mighty streak of special projects, I desperately needed to step away. So we used our second wedding anniversary as an excuse to coop up the chickens, wrangle the dogs, and head for the hills. In my bag, I packed the last three to four months of unread magazine subscriptions: Bon Appétit, Sunset, Cooking […]
Five years ago, if my college roommate (and bestie) Meg, told me she was moving to Jupiter, I would have rallied 40 of our closest friends, wrangled them into a bistro, and shut the place down. We’d drink, we’d eat, we’d be merry. And at the end of the evening, we’d be scrounging for ones […]
Breakfast is generally pretty hard for me. Most mornings, over-snoozing the alarm means scrambling out the door, full of frazzle and empty in the tummy. But then there are holiday mornings, like today. Nowhere to go, nothing to do… Check-in on the chickens? Absolutely. Wander through the herb garden? Sure. Brainstorm a breakfast concoction? Game […]