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Garlic confit, or, yet another mystery caused by sleep deprivation

My to do list on Saturday included this item: Make a batch of garlic confit. I had added this, on this specific day, for some really good reason. This is how I plan the meals for the week—I put together my list of what we’re going to eat on each day, and then I add [...]

There’s a first time for everything, even quiche

There are lots of things I’ve never cooked, and in my head, I divide them into two categories: This Food Sounds Hard and/or Tedious: This includes soup dumplings (any dumplings, really), latkes, and from-scratch puff pastry. Everyone Says This Is So Easy But I Have Some Weird Mental Block So I Don’t Try It: This [...]

A return to story-telling in 2015

For the past couple years, for one reason or another, I couldn’t garden. I didn’t have the space, or when I did have some space, I didn’t have the time, and then, for a good portion of this year, I wasn’t allowed to work in the dirt. As it turns out, gardening is not recommended [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Banana flower, Vanuatu

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Simple, brilliant, stunning, gone

I only saw Judy Rodgers in person once. In September 2008, I was on a tour of the Monterey Market in Berkeley, Calif. Bill Fujimoto, who owned the market at the time, had taken us to look in the back loading and storage area, where fruits and vegetables were stacked in boxes on pallets, and [...]

In a pinch: Pick-a-pepper pizza sauce

Warning: This is not a seasonal post. It’s not seasonal because it addresses a problem that none of you, unless you are Australian and/or in that hemisphere, should be having at the moment. But store it away. Tuck it into your mental file. You, too, may run into the very same problem that I did, [...]

Alinea and my 40th

A couple of weeks ago, I turned 40. 40! It hardly seems possible, since most of the time I feel more like I’m 39. The occasion had to be marked properly, and therefore, I bought tickets for The Unicorn and I to dine at Alinea on my birthday night. I had been dreaming of eating [...]

Soleil, dimmed

I was cooking dinner when I heard Soleil Banguid had died. I stepped away from the stove for a moment to gather myself. The pinto beans I was making could wait, and if there’s one thing I learned from watching Soleil cook, it’s that food should only be cooked from a place of love and [...]

Getting virtual with one’s farmers market

Though many might say half the fun of a farmers market is getting to see, touch, and sometimes even sample the fresh produce, fruit, and other food available, sometimes getting to the market just isn’t convenient. Since The Internets can fix everything else, why shouldn’t it be able to fix this issue, too? I explore [...]

The Edible Movie: Soul Food Junkies

Fried chicken? Collard greens? Corn bread? Yams? Yes, please. Sure, I know it would be healthier to have a salad, but every now and then I have to get my soul food fix. I’ve always been aware that some of the most traditional soul food dishes are made from ingredients that could generally be bought [...]