Monthly Archives: January 2014

Valentine Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cookies

There are a lot of Valentine’s Day haters out there, and I get it. The holiday can feel like a lot of pressure, whether you’re in a relationship or not. If you are, you’ve probably had one of those probing conversations, where you try to figure out just how important Valentine’s gifts are to your […]

Back from Bham: Reflections on the Creative Life

I spent last weekend at a food blog conference. For those of you who might be unfamiliar, a “food blog conference” is an actual thing now. Imagine knowing that fifteen years ago–that there would be a phenomenon called a “food blog” and whole conferences just for people who have them! The keynote speaker was Molly […]

Blogging from Bham: Day 1 and Visiting Veranda on Highland

Blogging from Bham. The food blog conference is in full swing, and after a day of intensive food photography and styling and a pretty sweet preparty, complete with pimiento and chicken ‘n’ waffles, I’m really looking forward to the main events tomorrow. Today at the conference, I got to meet a ton of other food […]

Blogging from Bham

I’m in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend, friends. Excuse the break from tradition this evening while I share travel tales instead of recipes. I have to admit, when I signed up for Food Blog South, it was the conference that lured me, not necessarily the town. Before coming here, I didn’t know a whole lot about […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Bars (Vegan, GF)

There’s something really special about finding someone who has the same eating preferences and habits as you do. A person who indulges in the same types of foods, who likes to eat at the same restaurants. Someone you can trust to make you just the dinner you’re in the mood for when you get home […]

Very Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies (GF!!)

In the words of my old roommate, Hoy hoy! (It’s like “hello,” but more…jolly.) I’m writing this post from the midst of a storm of activity. We’re unveiling an updated menu at the shack tomorrow (gulp! today?!), so that means painting signs, updating the computer system, training people on the new stuff, etc. Plus, Shorty […]

One-Pot White Bean Stew (yum)

The whole “fusion” food thing has always had a bit of a stigma, it seems. When I tried to tell people that the restaurant I worked in in Belfast cooked some “pub” dishes, like fish and chips or Beef Wellington, but with a lot of Asian-inspired flavors, like curry and wasabi, they would look at […]

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (Vegan, GF)

For a while, I’ve been telling myself I need to learn to cook meat. I mean, I know the basics. I know about marinating meat, breading meat, seasoning it, letting it come to room temperature before cooking it. I know basic cooking temperatures for different meats and poultry. I know about cuts of meat and […]

Asian-Style Fried Quinoa with Vegetables (GF)

A friend, sick of throwing leftovers in the trash and eating out every night, asked me for some tips on cooking healthful, delicious dinners for one without wasting a ton of food (and time). My advice is to steer away from big pots or large roasts and aim to fill the fridge with lots of […]

Greenest Tahini Sauce from Bon Appetit (Vegan, GF)

I’ve been following the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse this year, and while all the recipes I’ve tested so far have been delicious, I don’t think I’ll ever be a person who follows an exact eating plan. As a fellow cook and I were discussing yesterday, taking away my freedom to improvise in cooking is […]