July 9, 2014
Certain beliefs just strike me as fundamentally wrong. Like the Korean idea that you should beat the heat by eating something hot. Bowl of hot chicken soup in August, anyone? Summer in Korea can be oppressively hot - trapped-heat-in-asphalt hot, and muggy as hell, and the last thing I...
June 25, 2014
I’ll tell you what. We’re really a vegetable nation at heart. Take carrot cake, for instance. I never realized just how much everyone loves carrot cake. I could make a chocolate cake and offer it to a group of people and half of them...
June 12, 2014
Summer. Camping. S'MORES.
May 28, 2014
Sometimes simple is best. There's nothing crazy about the recipe for cinnamon sugar muffins I came across in the May issue of Bon Appetit - no special ingredients, no fancy maneuvers. But make it once and you'll want to make it again, and again, and...
May 14, 2014
We like peanut butter cups around here. We like them even better when they're made with dark chocolate and aren't as cloyingly sweet as Reese's.
April 30, 2014
I was a long-suffering lover of granola who could never find quite the perfect kind at the grocery store or in recipes for the homemade variety. I searched and searched.
April 16, 2014
Korean food stripped down to its very basic is a bowl of rice with a couple of side dishes. One of them, without a doubt, is kimchi — a spicy, fermented vegetable dish. I doubt you'll ever walk into a Korean home that doesn't have some kimchi...
April 3, 2014
Google "Jim Lahey's no-knead bread" and you'll be inundated with results. The original version, the sped-up version, the sandwich bread, the pizza dough.
March 19, 2014
In a moment of weakness over Christmas, I succumbed to the lure of discounted magazine subscriptions and signed up for two years’ worth of Bon Appetit. I couldn’t help myself. The pretty pictures of food spoke to me. In fact,...
March 5, 2014
I'll be honest - I had my doubts about this recipe. I didn't think a spinach/cottage cheese pasta would yield a particularly flavorful dish. I'm not a huge fan of cottage cheese anyway, and I recalled it as being bland and lumpy in all the wrong...
February 19, 2014
Remember that kale smoothie I made last time? What I didn't tell you was that I was feeling so fanatical about binging on health that I was also making from scratch the almond milk the recipe called for.
February 5, 2014
My friends mocked me when I told them I made chocolate-covered potato chips for my last blog entry. Because as I told them about this awesome unhealthy snack, I was also raving about a new kick I was on — kale smoothies.
January 22, 2014
Whoever first came up with the idea to coat a potato chip with chocolate was a genius. Have you ever tried a chocolate-covered potato chip? It?'s pretty awesome. Like salted caramel or kettle corn, the salt and sweet play off nicely...
January 8, 2014
Oh my God. How many cookies did you have last month? I had 2,462.
Let's cleanse our systems and leave behind all of the gluttony of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yeah, this recipe calls for some brown...
December 26, 2013
He eats, in no particular order: goose poop, deer poop, horse poop, tubs of coconut oil, unopened packages of spoiled ground beef, kimchi, SLR cameras, the contents of a garbage can, boxes of plastic bags, and most recently, a book.
December 11, 2013
My pie frenzy continues.
As normal people go about their normal day, I bake pie. I bake pie before work, think about pie during work, sometimes even bake pie after work (at an hour when most people are...
November 27, 2013
Forget everything I said about pie and how fussy and daunting it is. I'm here to inform you that I was wrong. Pie is beautiful, pie is kind. Pie is what's holding me together these days, when I would much rather fall apart.
November 14, 2013
Here's the thing. I love soup and largely live off it during the winter months. But I haven't bought chicken stock in close to four years.
I know. I sound like a bad infomercial. But it's because so...
October 31, 2013
I have an unofficial list of all the "American" things I want to experience that I never grew up with. One of them was a proper Halloween. Thanks to the Halloween-happy Rick Koster and his wife Eileen, when I moved to New London, I...
October 16, 2013
Give me a choice between a pretty, perfectly symmetrical pastry and a rustic and obviously homemade one and I'll pick the rustic one, every time.
Give me a choice between making my own pie and buying...
October 2, 2013
I don't know when bacon became such a pop culture icon, but I remember the first time I ever tried bacon chocolate. Just an ordinary bar of chocolate with little pieces of bacon in it. What? It blew my mind. It was unexpected, and a...