In The Kitchen Last week our kitchen was filled with nourishing meals like a garden kale, sweet potato and chickpea skillet, one pan caramelized Brussels sprouts with bacon and onion, and a quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash, chickpeas, parsley and currants. As the weekend approached, our meals became whatever we could throw together —… Continue reading Late January Notes
Tuesday’s lunch was a bowl of soba noodles in a hot broth flavored with miso, ginger, shiitake, kombu and bok choy. We topped it off with boiled eggs, sliced scallions, a drizzle of sesame oil and some toasted sesame seeds. I cooked winter minestrone for dinner, a la Alice Waters in The Art of Simple… Continue reading Kitchen Notes
Last night I set to work on poaching a quince, peeling and slicing eight Granny Smith apples, delicately rolling out pastry dough, and reducing quince poaching liquid to a stickily delicious glaze for an apple tart. Piper sat at my heels playing with her baby doll, little wooden people, a playground set and two big… Continue reading Adventures in Apple Tarts and the Art of Simple Food
Two days after a rejuvenating trip to Anna Maria Island, I’m sitting at my little writing desk listening to She & Him on the record player feeling blissful with a bit of sea salt at home in my hair. On Sunday we woke up and decided to drive out to the beach. Neither of us… Continue reading Our trip to Anna Maria Island, and an Onion Tart.
As an unabashed bean lover, I felt immediately drawn to Alice Waters’ recipe for Cranberry bean gratin in The Art of Simple Food. Flavorsome cranberry beans are first cooked from scratch, and later sautéed in a variety of aromatic vegetables and tomatoes. The mixture is transferred to a baking dish, drizzled with olive oil, and… Continue reading Cranberry bean Gratin