Roasted Pattypan Squash with Herbs and Feta

Roasted Pattypan Squash with Herbs and FetaIs it just me, or is the internet a fickle pickle?  Because I feel like last summer, it was all about telling me what do with with the abundance of zucchini and other summer squash I had at my disposal at the end of the summer.  This year, it’s pretty much radio-silence.  Which is ok, I suppose.  But there’s still squash. Squash to be sliced and blanched and shredded.  Squash to be baked and frozen and sautéed.  A lot of squash. [Read more...]

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Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

DSC_0195Quick.  Before spring comes in earnest.  Get in all of your comfort-food-eating.  And your cheese-melting. And your warm spice toasting.  Because spring is coming soon and it will be all strawberries and asparagus. I know it’ll be a month or two, or even three (God help us), before I’ll really be enjoying spring produce, but a girl can dream, can’t she?  I mean, the weather forecast for next week promises a day with balmy 47 degree temperatures.  I’m busting out the shorts.

Just kidding.  I don’t wear shorts. Ew. [Read more...]

Spicy-Sweet Celery, Tofu, and Peanut Stir-Fry

Celery, Tofu, and Peanut Stir-FryI’ll admit it.  Despite my previous scorn for the tradition, I made a New Year’s Resolution this year.  I know, I know.  I’m still giving myself grief about it.  But changes have to be made, and now is as good a time as any to tackle them.  My resolution is to get my kitchen mojo back.  See, I’ve been in a major cooking slump.  An unmotivated, uninspired, boring old cooking slump.  I just can’t seem to get as excited about thinking up something for dinner or lunch as I normally am.  I’ve been blaming it on the holidays (all the leftovers), the weather (sooo cold), and even the poor children (so many needs, these kids!) It doesn’t help that the few times lately that I’ve tried a new recipe, it’s either been a huge flop or it’s been great, but I didn’t expect it to be great, so I didn’t take pictures.  Either scenario leads to major food frustration.   [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrot Salad with Cumin VinaigretteHi.  I’m back.  I took a little hiatus for a week or so there, because with the holidays and all, it was just too much.  Too much fun, too much running around, too much gorging myself on festive holiday food.  All that.  And more.  But here I am, back at it, with a complete lack of originality in giving you a salad in time for your New Year’s resolutions.  Don’t worry, since I’m still me, I’ll have a buttery, sweet confection for you in time to celebrate the Epiphany in a few days (and completely sabotage your resolutions).  You’re welcome. [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Gratin with Sage and Garlic

Sweet Potato Gratin with Sage and GarlicIf there’s a holiday that makes me feel warm and happy and nostalgic, it’s Thanksgiving.  I feel about Thanksgiving the way that most people reserve for Christmas.  Some of my happiest childhood memories revolve around Thanksgiving.  Because of the food, yes.  And because of big parties with family and friends, of course.  But mostly, I really love Thanksgiving because of the time that I get to spend with my dad in the kitchen, helping him cook.   [Read more...]