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10 Steps to the Perfect Last-Minute Thanksgiving (Free shopping list download!)

Did you put it off? I know I did. I have a plan for the Thanksgiving menu, but in case you don’t, here’s a last-minute plan. Print out the shopping list, head to the store (and wear football pads, like my friend suggested, and probably carry mace), and R-E-L-A-X. Download: Thanksgiving Shopping List Download: Thanksgiving […]

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 […]

Ridiculously Simple Cinnamon Rolls

So, let’s forget for a minute that we’re all trying to be super healthy right now. These ridiculously easy cinnamon rolls are here because, well, there are some among us who just need to eat a sweet treat. Normally, I would be pretty averse to cooking with prepared foods like puff pastry because I like […]

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 […]

Bacon and Delicata Squash Salad

I’m baaaaaaacckkkk!!! (Jack Nicholson face). And I have a lot to say, apparently. Guys, the wedding happened, we were wed, there was partying, there was New Orleans, there were family reunions, and there were surprise speeches (you know who you are, cough, Tedward), and I was a hugging machine, and now it’s over and we’re […]

Shorty’s Files: How It All Began

Below: No recipes today–a trip down memory lane. Since settling back in here, I’ve had to figure out where I fit in at the restaurant. I’ve been reluctant to call myself “co-owner” or “co-manager,” and I’ve felt especially weird about “co-founder.” It has been easier to use a verb, to say, “I run a restaurant […]

Hatch Chile Pepper Scones with Cheeses, and Quiet Sundays

I might be getting the hang of Sundays. For all of my memory, Sunday has been the day of the little nagging string of stress telling you you’re getting closer and closer to the entire looming week. Sunday has been cram day, panic day, wash all the things day. Part of settling in here in […]

Oven Dried Tomatoes in Three Acts, plus some tips

“If life gives you tiny beautiful yellow farmers market tomatoes, turn them into a lifeless sticky pulp.” This is the type of thought that made sense to me after I purchased a pint of these babies less than 24 hours before leaving town for 5 days. “Juicy wonderful gushy tomatoes? Yes! I’ll dry them out […]

Boston Food Truck Throwdown

Hi kids! No recipes today (and that means no work for you). Just sit back and check out these photos from a day out in Boston. Saturday there was a Food Truck Throwdown on the Greenway in Boston. Nine trucks came from New York and nine represented ye olde Boston towne. There was voting, but […]

Liebster Award! (food will be back soon, don’t despair)

Notice: Untraditional post to follow. Includes: Random photos I like, trivia, friends, and a fun award! For one of my projects this week, I presented on Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic narrative Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. I read about the Bechdel Test, a […]