Buckwheat Soba Salad with Spicy Almond Sauce

What kind of dinner party do you like to throw? What is your ideal number of guests? Do you have a few go-to dinner party dishes? I like a big, casual potluck, myself.  (Or a casual dinner for a few close friends.  Notice the theme here?  Casual.)  We don’t throw nearly enough big parties these […]

Farro Bowl with Toasted Kale and Coconut and Curry-Roasted Tofu

This is a good bowl of food.  Savory, crunchy, a little sweet from the coconut, a little spicy from the curry paste.  Whole grains, crispy-chewy kale and coconut, bouncy roasted tofu.  I used farro because I happened to come across it while I was thinking about this recipe, but brown rice would be a perfectly […]

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’ […]

What’s Cooking: Late November, 2012

And that’s all I have to say about that. In The Kitchen I’ve been on a lunch kick lately.  Great kale salads.  That chickpea and avocado smash on mustard-smeared whole grain toast.  Baked chipotle-rubbed tofu to sandwich into my favorite crisp-n-crunchy sloppy-gloppy tofu reubens.Because I made another batch of sauerkraut.  A gallon.  I love it.  […]

Roasted Winter Squash Wedges

Cooking is a lot of work, wouldn’t you say?  That’s why I like to let my dining companions share in the effort every chance I get.  Also, interactive food is fun!  Everyone enjoys rolling their own sushi.  From now on, I’m always going to let dining companions shell their own favas.  And serving roasted wedges […]

What’s Cooking: November 2012, Week 2

I know it looks like all I do around here right now is eat pie.  And tomorrow, steel yourselves, there will be more.  But in between, we’ve actually been making all kinds of great things with tofu.  A vegan variation of this saag paneer, and a vegan riff on this lemony broccoli and harissa dinner […]

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.

My Favorite Recipes: September 2012

Have you entered the Food in Jars Cookbook giveaway yet?  Do it now.  It’s not just for canning enthusiasts, although it might turn you into one. Welcome to Emmy Cooks!  You can see more of my favorite recent recipes by clicking the “My Favorite Recipes” category on the sidebar (here are June, July, and August).  […]

What’s Cooking: September 2012, Week 4

Hello, friends!  I’ve been kicking around a new idea, will you tell me what you think? At this point there are so many recipes on this site that most of them are simply buried by time.  (I need a recipe index, I know; the sidebar category search is rudimentary.)  And although I’m posting new recipes […]