Category Seasonal

Strawberry Banana No-Churn Ice Cream with Campari Swirl

Last October, you might have noticed Ellen’s coverage of Bic’s ballpoint pens “for Her.” She did a spoof advertisement for the pens, which come in pink and purple, and are supposedly designed for a woman’s hand. As we were testing this ice cream, one of my friends said, “I don’t know. It’s kind of like […]

Pickled Peppers and Shallots over Kale, with a Soft-Poached Egg

When I worked at Cayenne in Belfast, we had this duck salad that was always on the menu, or at least, it had been for as long people seemed to remember. It didn’t sound very glamorous, but when I tasted it, boy did I change my mind. A bed of baby gem lettuce was chopped […]

Olive Oil Ricotta Cake with Blueberry-Plum Coulis

I was checking out one of my new favorite reads, Hummingbird High, and I saw that Michelle has a series in which she kind of does meta blogging. Ha, sorry. She provides a cookie recipe–and who doesn’t always want one of those?–and then she talks about some aspect of blogging that might not be obvious […]

Deep Dish Pear Pie with Spice Crumble Topping + My Creative Process

I think it’s time we talked about something. If you have been reading through to the recipes on this blog, you may have noticed that a lot of my recipes are inspired by Deb at Smitten Kitchen. I’ve noticed this too, and for a while, I thought about reigning it in. I think before I […]

Pear Sauce Spice Cake + Homemade Pear Sauce

It’s that time of year when people start talking about the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. I kinda think that pumpkin smells like vomit (ask my mom how squeamish I got during pumpkin carving as a kid), which is a little funny, since my birthday is on Halloween. When I was born, my mom kept saying, […]

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 […]

Sunday Supper: Summer Vegetable Sauce

The tires of our more sensible car, the sedan, crunched on the baking gravel as we pulled into the lot beneath the firefighter drill building. The Brazos River rolled heavily off to our left as we made our way towards the sound of live Texas country music and the smells of fajita meat and crepes. […]

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 […]

White Wine Ginger Sangria

Lately I haven’t been that fun to live with. Maybe it’s the residual stress of finishing grad school or my anxiousness about the impending move across the country. Or just the fact that I’m in yet another transitional period. These transition times are always the most exciting in retrospect, but at the time, you sort […]