Category Grains & Starches

Gnocchi with Leeks & Blistered Cherry Tomatoes {vegan}

It was so charming. The decoration in the basement-level café evoked a cross between a grotto and a market. A glass display case held tiramisus and Oranginas, and light leaked in from the little basement windows near the ceiling. Shelves on the walls displayed those Italian “nona’s” cookies, lots of stick crackers, and bags of […]

Sun-Dried Tomato & Cauliflower Fusilli {Vegan}

So you know how when someone puts this on Pinterest, “This is the BEST recipe for vegan meatballs,” and your first response is a stifled gag, your second is “Oh gross, soy,” and your third is, “Okay, that might taste okay, but only because people leading a vegan lifestyle have forgotten what meat and cheese […]

Maple Millet Puffy Crunch Cereal

I might have a problem. A cereal problem. In high school, after the tea and buttered bread phase, which was weird enough, I entered the cereal phase. The cereal phase knew no reason. Let me set the scene. There’s a cold, sweaty smell in the air, and the hum of thousands of fluorescent lights makes […]

3-Ingredient Summer Tomato Sauce

“That does look decadent, like you could make it into a sorbet,” my friend Sarah said. She was referring to the bowl basin of frothy tomato juice on the countertop. Sarah and her husband were in town for a wedding and were staying with us. On Friday when she wandered into the kitchen before a […]

Roasted Cauliflower Penne with Sardines & Capers

Evening shadows cut horizontal bars across the kitchen and sunbeams made stripes of dust in the air. The sideways sun cast a threatening glare on the cake I had just frosted. The late sunset had deceived me — I was used to the winter light — and I was shocked to find the clock ticking […]

Dandelion Green and Spring Onion Risotto

In college I sang in a jazz combo with 5 guys. Besides me singing, we had piano, bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet/flugelhorn. We all got course credit at the university for being in the jazz combo, but we spent most of our time getting little gigs around town, maybe at a fancy tailgate party or […]

Jalapeno Cheddar Beer Bread with Bacon and Honey Butter // Waco’s New Craft Beer Store

A couple weeks I got to sit down with an old friend, Jeremy Toledo, owner of Toledo’s Hop Shop in downtown Waco, for a story in a local arts publication, Waco Weekly. I’ve known Jeremy since my college days, when he was my manager at a local drafthouse. I think it’s common for Baylor alumni […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]