Category Vegetables

Honey-Ginger Glazed Carrots

This recipe is for the procrastinators among us. I don’t know them. You don’t know them. But they’re living among us as. Telling themselves they’ll finish in time. Watching Breaking Bad instead. They live with their secret shame. Since I’m sure you and I are stand-up citizens and have had our Christmas potluck contributions in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bleu Cheese Creamed Kale Gratins

ERMAHGERD. This kale. If you’ve been following Crandlecakes for a while, you might have noticed my kale obsession, and you might have gotten tired of it, and then you might have stopped listening to me when I talk about kale. Well wake up. Because this is the most delicious holiday side dish I’ve ever tasted, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]