How I cook

Some people know how to cook, others know how to follow a recipe. These are both important but very different skills one may possess. Curious family, friends and colleagues have often said they’d eat “better”  or with “less meat” if they knew how to cook. This is one of the reasons I wanted to startContinue reading “How I cook”

Summer Dinner Menu

The trees are turning yellow, but I know it is stress from this late summer heat wave and not from a shift in seasons. The gardens are still kicking tomatoes and a long day met with happily with a fresh and flavorful dinner, unless you are a cat, in which case you will find thisContinue reading “Summer Dinner Menu”

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Without proper planning my kids begin to wilt around 3:00pm. Attitudes flare. Tantrums interrupt an otherwise peaceful day. Tears are triggered by the smallest offense. With enough water and a snacks this drama can generally be avoided or can help them perk up, like your favorite fancy houseplant after a long vacation. The secret toContinue reading “No Bake Peanut Butter Balls”

Taco Tofu (aka Deer Meat?)

My daughter is a history buff. If left to her own devices she often creates a world around her that is the 1880s, a fantasy which is charming (and socially acceptable) because she is only eight. When she or little brother sense I am busy in the kitchen they are inspired to ask me toContinue reading “Taco Tofu (aka Deer Meat?)”

Building a Food Bowl

Grain bowl, Buddha bowl, harvest bowl, burrito bowl, big ass salad — or the perfectly fine and broadly used — food bowl. I was introduced to the term “food bowl” by my brother-in-law. He was chopping veggies in the kitchen while we were on vacation, resulting in a family favorite, gado-gado. I am not aContinue reading “Building a Food Bowl”

I miss cornbread.

I cannot remember the last time I had a piece of cornbread – or used cornstarch to thicken a sauce, or popped a pan of nachos in the oven, or even ordered a veggie burger without first interrogating the restaurant’s kitchen staff.  My son was diagnosed with a fructose malabsorption when he was three yearsContinue reading “I miss cornbread.”