Food at home

Holiday brunch at home

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

It’s the time of year when many of us are hosting out of town visitors and family.  With the holidays, you may be planning a brunch, perhaps for Christmas morning, or maybe for New Year’s Day.  I’m curious: what are your favorite things to make for brunch? I like to look for make-ahead recipes, so […]

Freezer food

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Hm, I’ve been slacking on the blogging front, haven’t I?  Life has gotten a bit crazy lately, but here I am again.  During crazy times, we often find ourselves digging around in our freezer on weeknights, looking for something that might make a quick and easy dinner.  Which got me to wondering, what do other […]


Sunday, January 11th, 2009

For some reason, I always thought tamales would be hard to make, but they turn out to be easy work with a group of friends over margaritas.  We first met Kathy around the holidays a number of years ago, and she promised that one year she’d share her recipes and show us how.  It’s been […]

Satsuma mandarin orange marmalade

Friday, December 26th, 2008

This year, I went on a bit of a canning craze.  I’d actually never canned in my life before this year, but was “forced” into it by the bounty of fruit we received from our CSA.  We’ve done a CSA for years, but stopped doing it for the last couple years after the Pike Place […]

Join our brownie taste test

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

We got two kinds of bittersweet baking chocolates from Lauren Adler, owner of Chocolopolis, to try an A / B baking chocolate experiment.  I wanted to make brownies, but haven’t found a really great brownie recipe.  So I went straight to David Lebovitz’s blog to see if he had one, since every dessert he touches […]

Strawberries and rose geranium

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

I nearly let strawberry season slip away without making my absolute favorite ice cream.  When Eric went to the market on Saturday he heard people talking about how it was the last weekend for strawberries, so he came home with a half flat for me.  I made a small batch of strawberry preserves with black […]

Fava beans

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

A recent farm basket from Tiny’s Organics included some beautiful fava beans.  Dawn and I look forward to favas each spring, and we ordered them at restaurants around town whenever we could this past month.  Now that we had our own, I spent an hour peeling them, twice – once for the outer pod, which […]

Homemade pasta

Friday, June 27th, 2008

To me, nothing beats pasta made at home.  People think it’s difficult and time consuming, but it’s really one of those things that takes a few times to learn and get the swing of it, and then it’s actually pretty easy to make.  It takes me less than half an hour to go from flour […]

Profiteroles with salted butter caramel ice cream and mocha sauce

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

We had the dessert assignment at this month’s dinner club. Dinner club is a regular event with five other couples who I either went to graduate school with, or who know one of the couples I went to school with. We rotate between homes each time and bring one course for the meal. Since Eric […]

Braised Mangalitsa pork jowl

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

What had I gotten myself into?  Just before our friends arrived, I pulled the meat out of the braising liquid.  It jiggled like jello.  I hope Heath Putnam is right, because this stuff appeared to be almost entirely fat.  And here we were going to serve it to friends and call this dinner. We have been […]

Saturday afternoon snack

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Market fresh ricotta from Sea Breeze Farm, spread on Tall Grass Bakery bread, drizzled with local honey, and sprinkled with salt and some thyme leaves from our garden.  The weather inspired us to brew up some iced tea (Barnes and Watson Tahitian Blend, our favorite tea for iced).  What could be better on a warm […]

Waffles and apricot syrup

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Eric made me his famous waffles this morning.  What a great way to start the weekend!  He also makes a mean cappuccino.  There’s nothing like a Saturday morning with fresh espresso, waffles, and my favorite waffle topping, apricot syrup.  Eric usually opts for maple syrup, but ever since we came across this apricot syrup at […]