Stuffed Carnival Squash with Wild Rice, Cheddar, and Apples

Stuffed Carnival Squash with Wild Rice, Cheddar, and ApplesCan we talk about kitchen disasters?  About food experiments gone awry?  And things that in theory, should be delicious, but just aren’t?

Those things happen to everyone who attempts to cook, whether they’re a pro or a novice.  Sometimes even more often when you’re an experienced cook, because you get daring and excitable.  Now I don’t consider myself a pro, but daring and excitable?  Check, check.  Mostly just excitable.  Sometimes I get ideas that I think will be the best thing ever, but turn out, in reality, to be the okayest thing ever.  After many years of this kind of thing happening  in my kitchen, I sometimes get a little foresight as this is happening.  It usually happens when I keep thinking, “And what if I add…?” And I keep repeating that thought one too many times.  I know I’m going overboard  but I just. can’t. stop. [Read more...]

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Creamy Cauliflower with Cheddar and Dijon

Creamy Cauliflower with Dijon and CheddarOne of my favorite things to do is to take dishes that my family ate when I was younger and remake them in my own kitchen, with little changes to suit what my own little family likes.  It’s fun, and even if it’s not quite like I remember mom or grandma making, most of the time, we like it all the same.  And sometimes, sometimes…. it’s even a little better?  This is one of those.  And perhaps, most notably, this is the recipe that started Project: Get My Husband To Eat Cauliflower.  That’s right, it was after he tried this recipe, and loved it, that I realized that I might actually be able to get him to eat it in other incarnations, too.  This is a cauliflower recipe that might get you to like cauliflower for actually being cauliflower. [Read more...]

Kohlrabi and Celery Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Kohlrabi and Celery Salad with Dijon VinaigretteHello, Team Kohlrabi!  I’m so glad we’re all on the same page about kohlrabi by now. We are, right?  We all agree that we all love, love, love it and it’s one of our favorite, most versatile veggies?  If not, I’m kind of surprised you’re still here, and not completely annoyed by how many kohlrabi recipes I share.  But I can’t help it!  Every time I think I’ve got it all figured out, that I’ve tried kohlrabi every way I would ever really wish to have it… I discover a new way.  I can’t keep that love to myself. [Read more...]

Sweetcorn Cornbread

Sweetcorn CornbreadI love this time of year- the few weeks between summer and fall, when the air is crisp and cool, but there are still so many beautiful summer vegetables to be had.  It’s the perfect season for chili, stir-fries full of veggies, and creamy corn chowders.  It’s fall food, but with one foot still firmly planted in summer.  And if there is one thing I love with fall food, it’s corn bread. [Read more...]

Skillet “Bread Gnocchi”

Skillet "Bread Gnocchi"This is a weird recipe.  I know it.  So much so that for a long time I didn’t consider sharing it with you.  What’s more, I’m pretty sure I got the idea from Rachael Ray.  So half the world knows about it and the other half doesn’t want to know about it.  But here I am, soldiering on.  It’s just that it’s so delicious. [Read more...]

Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini

Burst Tomato Galette with Corn and Zucchini

I’m not a vegetarian.  Far from it: one of my favorite things in the world is a thick, juicy cheeseburger.  At one point in my life, I pretty much threw in my chips with the “a meal isn’t a meal without some kind of meat” crowd.  I imagine that my husband still thinks the same way.  But over the years, something funny has happened… we’re just not eating as much meat.  Without an effort, we’re eating more vegetarian meals than ever.  And it happens just sort of… accidentally. [Read more...]

Fig, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza

Fig and Ricotta PizzaSince I just gave you guys my favorite recipe for easy pizza dough, I thought it only right to give you a little something special today to top it off.  I know this isn’t your typical pizza recipe- but that’s what I like about it.  Don’t get me wrong; I will worship at the altar of cheesy, saucy goodness any old day.  But sometimes, I’m craving a little something different in the pizza department. [Read more...]

Swiss Chard, Leek, and Ricotta Crostata

Swiss Chard, Leek, and Ricotta CrostataWith this glorious time of mid-summer comes a serious case of chard fatigue.  And kale fatigue.  And leafy green fatigue.  I have chard and kale in my garden and they grow so rapidly and so abundantly that I often can’t keep up.  And there are only so many meals that I can eat with a side of garlicky sautéed greens.  So, at least in our house, a new recipe for greens is always more than welcome.  But to have a swiss chard recipe that I’m actually excited about?  That’s really something. Swiss Chard, Leek, and Ricotta Crostata [Read more...]

Purslane Salad with Strawberries, Walnuts, and Feta

Purslane SaladPurslane is a weed.  Which is perfect, because I specialize in growing weed gardens.  I grow them very well.  I’m ok with tomatoes, kale turns out alright, but man, those weeds… they really thrive.

Purslane is also, thankfully, very tasty.  It’s small, tender leaves have a bright taste that’s almost citrusy and a bit tart, without being at all overpowering.  And the texture is pleasant, not crispy exactly, but it has the tiniest bit of a snap when you bite into it.   [Read more...]