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Cooking & Recipes

date
Sep
15
2013

Objects of Loss

In the months and weeks following my mother’s death, my father and I carefully pulled apart the pieces of her material life. We sorted through her closet, threw away her cosmetics, gave away her cookbooks, her shoes, tossed away the little scraps of paper that ran rampant on her desk, her looping handwriting cascading across Read more…

date
Feb
18
2013

Kale and Potato Quiche with Mozzarella

I’ve been in love with quiche for as long as I can remember. I make it all the time. Seriously. To me, quiche is the perfect food. It can be eaten any time of the day, you can make it a thousand ways, and it’s delicate yet filling. After years of messing around with different Read more…

date
Dec
30
2012

Not My Mother’s Hoppin’ John (Southern Black Eyed Peas & Rice)

Although I’ve lived all over the place at this point, I was actually born and raised in Georgia. In the South it’s a tradition to eat a dish called Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. Made of black eyed peas and rice, it’s meant to bring on prosperity and good fortune in the year ahead. Read more…

date
Jul
31
2011

Green Pea & Asparagus Risotto

Back in May, just before I left Chicago, food blogger Kathryn O’Malley came over and I showed her how to make one of my favorite recipes — green pea and asparagus risotto. Check out the fantastic write-up and recipe she posted today!

date
May
13
2011

Grilled Fish Tacos

I bought myself a new camera lens yesterday. A present to myself for my upcoming 33rd birthday. I'm pretty pleased about it. Behold, last night's fish tacos.

date
Apr
21
2011

French-Inspired Girls Night Menu

For the last four years I've been getting together with essentially the same little group for a girls night. We do this every couple of months, most often at my house, but occasionally at one of the others. We all cook something and then usually watch a movie. Any boys around get the boot. So Read more…

date
Apr
01
2011

Banana Muffins with Kahlua and Dark Chocolate Chunks

I'm one of those people who is a firm believer that alcohol only enhances food. A cold beer with a platter of fish and chips. Red wine in your beef bourguignon. Penne with vodka sauce. Sauvignon Blanc in asparagus risotto. Or one of my favorites: Kahlua in Banana Bread. The alcohol in all of the Read more…

date
Dec
21
2010

Zucchini and Red Onion Frittata with Cheddar and Feta

Zucchini and Red Onion Frittata with Cheddar and Feta A while back I posted a video of Veronica helping me cook, and a few of you asked what we were making. It was a simple quiche, which I make all the time. I also make a lot of frittatas. They are kind of like a Read more…

date
Sep
14
2010

On Grief and Cooking

Read a response to the Yahoo! grieving article here. My relationship with food is inextricably linked to my mother. She's the one who taught me to cook and she's the one who taught me to love food. Pretty much every fond memory I have of her takes place in the kitchen. I don't really know Read more…

date
Sep
06
2010

My Mother’s Macaroni & Cheese

Everyone has their favorite version of macaroni and cheese. This is mine. It's a take on the version my mother used to make. Even though the recipe is slightly tweaked, it's the closest I've come to recreating it, and it brings back wonderfully rich memories of weeknight dinners at home. When my mother died, I Read more…