Monthly Archives: December 2013

Honey-Ginger Glazed Carrots

This recipe is for the procrastinators among us. I don’t know them. You don’t know them. But they’re living among us as. Telling themselves they’ll finish in time. Watching Breaking Bad instead. They live with their secret shame. Since I’m sure you and I are stand-up citizens and have had our Christmas potluck contributions in […]

Italian White Bean Salad with Lemon

“Oh,” he mumbles, his mouth stuffed with food, “this is the bean salad I used to just shovel!” “Used to?” I think, secretly glad I’ve found another meatless, cheeseless dish Shorty likes as much as I do. When I first started cooking, I made this bean salad as a side dish pretty often, mostly because […]

Cranberry Sauce

Funny story. Back in my Boston days, the Roomz initiated me into all her food obsessions (And I her. I’m sure she’ll never forget the time I tried so hard to make chestnuts a thing.) There were her pumpkin cookies. There were her molasses cookies. Her zucchini bread. Her dad’s coleslaw. Beef and barley stew. […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Saga: Part II

The chocolate peanut butter bar saga continues. If you read my recent post on vegan, gluten-free chocolate peanut butter date bars, you might have seen through my supposed satisfaction with said bars. Here’s the truth: I would definitely make those gluten free wonders again, but they don’t hold a candle to the food memory they […]

Sleepy Sundays: Rigatoni with Tomato, Bacon, Bean Sauce

As I settle into winter, I see my friends posting about the snow that’s falling in Boston, sharing photos of white-dusted Brookline streets, their days starting with quiet, muffled mornings. Frankly, I miss it. I’ve thought a lot about what clicked so well for me in Boston. I think what I miss most are the […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (GF, Vegan)

Growing up, I went to a small private school in Houston. And while I might not have been fond of everything that went down in my uniformed, Lutheran class of twenty kids, I was pretty satisfied with lunch. As I imagine is common in school cafeterias, it was cool to pretend that a lot of […]

A Creative Manifesto (Not Food!)

As some of you might already know, lately I’ve been trying my hand at web design and development. I’ve managed to pull together some cool things: this personal website, for example: And some little practice things, like this text design: But as I divide my time between the pizza shack, coding and design, recipe-testing, photography, […]

Holiday Party Food 101: Hummus! (GF, Vegan)

I’ll admit. I haven’t always been a fan of hummus. It’s one of those “hip” foods that foodies discovered early on. Back in (those long ago days with) Teach for America, it used to come in my packaged lunch with these dried up triangles of pita. Anything that comes in a pre-boxed meal is becoming […]

Christina Tosi’s Confetti Cookies

It’s strange how people can change. A few years ago, the thought of this cookie would have turned me upside down. Not only does it call for rainbow sprinkles in two iterations, it also includes corn syrup and specifically calls for the clear, artificial kind of vanilla-flavored extract that doesn’t actually have any vanilla in […]

Two Ways to Preserve Peppers

Yes, I know it’s December, and I know the whole chili peppers thing might not make sense right now. But before I say anything else, let me just show you this photo: Yep, you see what I see–a pile of freshly harvested LOCAL cayenne peppers on a bed of fallen leaves. This, my friends, is […]