Cumin and Turmeric Roast Chicken with Smashed Avocado and Corn Cakes

Cumin and Turmeric Roast Chicken with Smashed Avocado and Corn CakesThis may be incredibly shocking to you, but I don’t often serve my family cohesive, prettily plated meals.  I know, crazy!

All sarcasm aside, the way it usually works is I’ll pick something that sounds really great from a cookbook, blog, or something that I come up with to use up a special ingredient in my fridge, then I’ll just kind of “fill in the gaps” of the meal with stuff that kind of goes.  There’s usually a salad involved.  Maybe some crispy roasted potatoes. Then I plop everything (in the dishes I used to cook them) on the dining room table and we all say grace, help ourselves, and dig in. [Read more...]

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Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable SaladThis recipe might fall into the “duh” category.  I should probably make that a thing on my recipe category side bar.  This salad would be in there, along with this and this.  You know- things that are so basic that you really don’t need a recipe at all.  But if there’s anything that I’ve learned from reading other people’s food blogs, it’s that some of the things that seem barely worth mentioning to them have become some of my most favorite, tried and true, staple recipes.  So while I sometimes shy away from posting recipes for things that seem mundane in my kitchen, I have to remind myself that for some people, it might be new and different and just what they needed to inspire their own spin on it.   [Read more...]

Summer Spaghetti

Summer SpaghettiIf you were to judge dinners around here by my instagram feed, or say, by the contents of my fridge at first glance, you might reasonably come to the conclusion that I feed my family nothing but berries and stone fruit.  And while I admit that a huge portion of our diet in the summer consists of just that (blackberries, and nectarines, and blueberries, oh my!), I do make dinner.  Every night.  (They insist on being fed every night, the nerve of them!) Summer dinners just tend to be a bit lazier more causal then their cooler-season counterparts. [Read more...]

Sour Cherry and Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

DSC_0035For a person who makes her own condiments and bakes her own bread, I have a decidedly lazy streak when it comes to certain things.  It’s ok, don’t we all, even the overachievers among us?  So here’s my confession: I leave laundry in the dryer for days at a time when I can get away with it, I sometimes pay the 20 cent library fine instead of returning a book on a particularly busy day, and I hardly ever pick up sour cherries at the farmers market.  Because pitting. And cooking. [Read more...]

General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's ChickenWe all have our guilty pleasures, don’t we?  Even though we know it’s no good for us, we just can’t quit.  For some people, it’s a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s. (Come on, you can admit it.) For others, nuclear mac and cheese, from a box, and not the organic kind, either.  For me, it’s Chinese food.  And no, I’m not talking about actual food that someone in China might eat, or something out of a gorgeous Fuchsia Dunlop cookbook. I mean, junky, American-ized, MSG-filled Chinese food.  I know it’s not good for me.  My stomach tells me every time.  But I can’t get rid of the cravings. [Read more...]

Party Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream and Berries

Party Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream and BerriesI might have mentioned this before (erm, once or twice?), but I love berry season.  It takes all my willpower not to come home every week from the farmers’ market with flats of every berry I can lay  my hands on. And sometimes my willpower isn’t strong enough.  Which is really no problem at all, because they get gobbled up so quickly around here.  And there is no shortage of inspiring, beautiful recipes to use them up. [Read more...]

Bok Choy Salad with Sesame-Almond Crunch

Bok Choy Salad with Sesame-Almond CrunchYou know what I get sick of hearing?  How leafy greens are so good for you.  (Before you start, yeah, I know they are. I like them even.) Whenever someone starts in on the benefits of leafy greens, my eyes kind of glaze over.  Because even as a person who kind of loves them, after a while, they all seem to start to meld together.  And kindly people who try to give you new ways to use said greens, really aren’t super helpful. (Stir fry!  Put it in soups!  Pesto!) I’m ready for something new. [Read more...]