Category Grains & Starches

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 […]

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 […]

Butternut Squash and Vodka Risotto with Bacon

Fall was late for us this year. I suppose it always is in Texas, but for me and Shorty, it feels like it’s finally time to settle down, curl up, and be calm, or at least, make a stronger effort to do all of those things. Even though it was EIGHTY-EIGHT degrees here yesterday, the […]

Chicken and Swiss Chard Alphabet Soup + Wedding Thoughts

If you have never planned a wedding–your own wedding–you might be under the impression that it is all sorting ribbons, choosing between shades of ivory and thread counts, and asking yourself, “matte or gloss?” Words like “bauble,” “chiffon,” “cufflink,” “tier,” and “pearl” might come to mind. Or maybe you’ve been around someone who planned a […]

Kale Bowls and Boston Nostalgia

One time when I was still living in Boston, I fired up the stove (the gas kind, that makes those nice click sounds as it lights) and slapped down a sauté pan. From the next room, I heard the Roomz II say, “Are you making kale?” Kind of freaked out, I answered with a slow, […]

Nirvana-Inducing Chocolate Chip Espresso Blondies + New Ways to Follow Crandlecakes

It’s back to school time . . . but not for me! Nonetheless (nevertheless?), I’ve been doing some homework for you, les readers, trying to get more attuned to your likes and dislikes. Looking back at le blog stats over the last year, I can assume that while you really really really like chocolate chip […]

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 […]

Blueberry Muffins Stuffed with Blueberry Jam and Cream Cheese, Kerouac, and the American Spirit

I’ve been getting around to a few of the classics that slipped between the cracks in the shuffle to get educated: But then they danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad […]

Asian Noodle Stir Fry

This is something I still haven’t totally figured out–I keep cooking things and preparing a blog post only to find out the next morning that everyone in the food world was one step ahead of me. The kale thing I get–that has been “trending” for a while. But when I came home from Russo’s with […]