Jan 222019

Watermelon Radish and Pomelo Salad

Watermelon radish salad side view

Baby lettuces with colourful watermelon radishes and pomelo are dressed with a sweet maple balsamic vinaigrette and almonds for a light salad that works beautifully in winter to counter all those rich dishes that cold weather invites. I started getting a new CSA box recently which I have been quite pleased with. There have been some interesting finds that have shown up, like these small lettuce heads which came as part of the “stir fry mix”. They were just the sort of thing that would look amazing on a plate as part of simple salad. Within the same week we…Continue Reading

Nov 112018

Fig Cheese Cake Bars

We spent the last several weeks in Italy, hence the lack of posts (I didn’t get enough ready before we left). But I have come back with many ideas for flavor combinations: turmeric, shrimp, and caramelized onions, a nut meringue custard cake, and an extra long layover in Stockholm meant we tried a moose burger with lingon berry ketchup. I will also have to perfect some sweet and sour onions I had with a lightly cooked tuna. But on to today’s recipe. I had been seriously desiring some sort of creamy dessert for a couple days – but not something…Continue Reading

Sep 252018

Chickpeas with Egg, Grapes, and Tomatoes

Sometimes subtle flavors can be some of the best. You don’t need to drown something in sauce to make it taste good. That’s not to say there aren’t delicious sauces that you might want to put on everything. But there are times when you don’t want to put a bunch of effort into a dish, and that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. This is one of those quick to throw together dishes which tastes delicious. I tend to keep cooked chickpeas and hard-boiled eggs available as much as possible because they are such easy additions to a salad…Continue Reading

Jun 122018

Rhubarb Spice Ice Cream

I find it is most efficient to make multiple batches of ice cream at once. You already have the ice cream maker out and have gotten the ice – and for me, my freezer can’t store that much ice, so I have to buy it and use it immediately if I want enough for ice cream. I mentioned when I posted the Grilled Apricot Ice Cream that I tend to have two ice cream recipes – one with egg white and one with egg yolks. Since I make multiple batches at a time, obviously this is then the recipe with…Continue Reading

May 302018

Grilled Apricot Ice Cream

I really like making ice cream. It is involved and makes a mess (at least with my ice cream maker and tendencies to do too many things at once), but the result is always very tasty. And you get to pick your own flavors. Or make some unusual ones. Like grilled apricot. Check out this recipe as a Food52 contest entry here. Because this ice cream is made with egg whites rather than egg yolks, it has a much lighter texture and flavor that goes well with the slight tartness and subtle caramelized flavor of the apricots. I tried using…Continue Reading

May 262018

Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

Unlike many cooks and bibliophiles, I’m not particularly careful with my books, particularly my cookbooks. I have never invested in stands or plastic covers, or writing out the recipe on some scratch paper (so strange that people make that effort). Instead my cookbooks are well used; covered in flour and splatters such that you can catalog my favorite recipes by the status of the pages. One of these books is Pastries from La Brea Bakery by Nancy Silverton. Her Tiny Cappenza Olive Oil cakes are surprisingly unfussy and make for an easy go to when you want to bring something…Continue Reading

May 062018

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

I always enjoy crisps and cobblers, but they are so challenging to take to any event yet always make too much for me to justify making one at home. So, why not make them handheld? Much better – particularly for taking to share with friends at the local brewery (since I needed to make multiple batches to get the recipe right). Chemistry of Cooking Tangent In pastries, the air bubbles that create that flakiness are the result of the water molecules from the oil becoming gaseous and expanding when heated. That water vapor becomes trapped in pockets which create the…Continue Reading

Apr 182018

Starting the season off right

Well, here we have the inaugural blog post, perhaps something that should be memorable, but let’s face it, there’s no followers yet. Really, this post just helps me get everything set up so that it reads properly for you. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t post an auspicious start: The first day I started working on this site was the first day one of the local farm stands opened for the season! During the summer and fall I get almost all of my food from the stands near my home. it’s a great way to support local, small agriculture…Continue Reading