Seeded Crackers

  If you’ve been coming here for a while you might have noticed that I have a thing for homemade crackers.  It hardly seems worth the trouble to make them when there are countless very good store-bought options.  The best ones command a premium price and they’re a nice treat but at the speed my […]

Rosemary-Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

  My neck of the woods is abuzz with anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday–loyal fans eager to see their 49ers play (win?) in just a couple of days.  I haven’t followed football much since leaving home in my early 20s but I am every bit a fan (my family would disown me otherwise).  I may […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

  Everyone in the family called her May–her children’s shortcut for mommy that, over the years, morphed into what became everyone’s nickname for her.  She passed away seven years ago after feeling unwell for some time without anyone having a clue.  It wasn’t until my grandfather found her collapsed on the bathroom floor one fateful night […]

Mushroom-Tofu Lettuce Wraps

  The theme of the week for dinner has been quick and easy.  I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that our meals have taken less than 10 minutes to prepare.  It’s been stir-fried greens for the last couple of evenings–boring maybe, but it’s been my answer for getting dinner on the table with as […]

Easy Minestrone Soup

  I’ve just spent the better part of the evening driving back in heavy rain.  I spent the day visiting with my family, one long overdue.  I always find it funny that my parents shoo me home as soon as it gets dark. “Either you stay the night or you go now”, they’ll say. After 40 […]

Stuffed Butternut Squash

  By 11:30 last night the kitchen was back to pre-party condition, save for a packed refrigerator.  Even with my friends taking home some of the leftovers I won’t have need to cook for a week.  Did I mention I cooked my favorite bolognese ragú with 10 pounds of meat?  For 10 people?  My fear of […]

Red Rice with Roasted Squash, Fennel and Beets

  My husband has this silly notion that I need to eat meat every single day.  I don’t understand where he’s gotten this idea.  Yes, I like to eat meat.  No, I probably won’t ever become a vegetarian.  Each time he jests (not maliciously) about my carnivorous inclinations, I laugh (not sincerely).  I serve meat […]

Caprese Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

  If there is one type of dish that makes me miss not growing tomatoes this year it would be a salad.  A bowl of pasta tossed in a simple tomato-based sauce is a close second, but I can usually come up with easy substitutes like capers, olives or anchovies to add substance to pasta […]