Pasta with Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Pine Nuts

The other day I was chatting with a neighbor and I discovered that we have a few things in common.  We’re both enthusiastic home cooks, we both have lots of kids, and we share the conviction that parents who claim that their kids eat everything are lying.  Right?  Right? Tonight my four year old actually […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

“Eat your vegetables.” Those words get such a bad rap.  I’d like you to let go, right now, of the nasal, nagging tone you associate with this phrase.  Imagine instead, if you will, the swelling of a great horn section, Rockettes high-kicking, and this ecstatic song: “Eat your vegetables!” Isn’t that better?  Hopefully it will […]

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon, Pecorino and Red Onion

The other day I got to sneak away to one of Seattle’s year-round farmers markets for an hour with a friend.  I hadn’t been to a farmers market for a while and apparently felt that I had to make up for lost time.  I came home with some of my favorite hazelnuts, many pounds of […]

Tomato Peach Balsamic Jam

The upside of seasonal eating has gotten enough play.  Today we turn to its darker side.  To the part of eating seasonally where summer ends and I am supposed to set aside perfect peaches for pumpkin soup and root vegetables.  What kind of solace is that, I ask? In the coming weeks I’ll settle in, […]

My Favorite Recipes: November 2012

It’s always so hard to choose.   Savory Oatmeal with Black Pepper, Blue Cheese, and an Olive Oil Fried Egg Kale Salad with Miso-Roasted Winter Squash   Baked Fish and Potatoes in a Saffron-Tomato Broth   Roasted Broccoli and Tofu Rice Bowl   Pasta with Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Pine Nuts And this month’s Readers’ […]

Roasted Broccoli (or Thanksgiving Leftovers) and Tofu Rice Bowl

There are really only two things to write about on a food blog the day after Thanksgiving.  One is using up leftovers, and the other is your holiday gift guide (isn’t this one nice?).  Since buying things isn’t my strong suit (except for groceries, of course, where I excel beyond all necessity), I guess I’d […]

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

As an long-time mostly-vegetarian, I know a thing or two about vegetarian feasting in general and the Vegetarian Thanksgiving in particular. The rules below are mine.  What are your ideas or family traditions for feeding the vegetarians on Thanksgiving?  Please share your own insights—or feel free to request advice!—in the comments.

How to Caramelize Onions

Or maybe I should have titled this post, “How to Caramelize Onions and Why You Don’t Usually Have To.”  Because nine times out of ten, when you want your onions soft and sweet, you can just cook ’em like crazy over high heat and end up with a sweet, jammy mess that will do the […]

Leek Fritters with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

In the way that one is apt to crave things that are unattainable, I fall in love with the idea of Yotam Ottolenghi’s London cafes all over again every time I hear about them.  And I have heard of them frequently in recent years, as Ottolenghi is something of a sensation in the culinary world, […]