Category: Main Dishes

Spiced Roasted Eggplant with Bulgur Salad

Spiced Roasted Eggplant with Bulgur Salad

As in years’ past, the leaves on my garden eggplants look like Swiss cheese this October. Once again they are the unfortunate victims of flea beetles I simply didn’t take the time to battle. There was even a big fat tomato hornworm I didn’t have the heart to kill. It was huge by the time I […]

October 7, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho

Someone reminded me the other day that although it’s September and photos of other peoples’ kids heading off to school with their new backpacks flood my Facebook feed, it’s still NOT fall. That doesn’t come until September 22nd this year, the autumnal equinox. So while I might be so over the heat and hard work […]

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Miso Sweet Corn Soup

Miso Sweet Corn Soup

Maybe it’s because my garden’s tomato harvest hasn’t yet begun to overwhelm me or maybe it’s my tendency to hoard food for winter, but when I saw the recipe in Bon Appetit for this soup, my first thought was, “I need to make big batches for the freezer!” My urgency to make this miso sweet […]

July 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rustic Kale Mushroom Galette

Rustic Kale Mushroom Galette

In case you clicked through to this post only to discover what the heck a galette is, all you need to know is that it’s like a lazy man’s pie. And, almost everyone likes pie. A galette is special because it has the best elements of a good pie like an impossibly flaky crust and […]

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Smoky Skillet Shrimp with White Beans

Smoky Skillet Shrimp with White Beans

Here’s something many people would not consider a gift: I left my corporate job back in December and have not worked full-time since. I admit, I have thoroughly enjoyed the gift of not having my days be super-structured and having more time at home. In the beginning, I had visions of finally this year having the […]

May 25, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Thai Beef Stir Fry with Garlic and Basil

Thai Beef Stir Fry with Garlic and Basil

If you come here often, you might notice that some of my favorite foods are comfort foods, recipes that are the food equivalent of a warm blanket, cozy sweater or your softest pillows. Especially in the cooler months, this is what I crave. Spring was just beginning to show itself here when, out of nowhere, […]

April 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Potato Gnocchi in Tomato Broth

Potato Gnocchi in Tomato Broth

People who are really into (insert obsession here) have a way of overcomplicating things or letting tradition and snobbery get into the way of good things. Is it high art or low art? Is he/she old money or new money? Is the wine a good vintage? Is the gnocchi made the way my Italian friend’s mom […]

March 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Indian Spiced Meatballs

Indian Spiced Meatballs

One of the things that got me googly-eyed over Mr. President when we met is that he knows how to cook. One of our early dates was Thanksgiving. He cooked the entire meal from start to finish including a butterflied roasted turkey, all the fixings, and a from-scratch apple pie, all served up elegantly in his […]

January 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

Pasta with Butter Roasted Tomatoes

What can be said for tomatoes in winter? Nothing good, really. When I think of winter tomatoes, I think of mealy, pink, flavorless wedges atop bland iceberg lettuce salads at crappy restaurants. They’re the hallmark of bad salads served everywhere. Almost all of the sugars in a fresh tomato are produced within the last couple […]

January 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese

Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese

Recently when I served this warm lentil salad to Mr. President for dinner, he said, “If every salad was like this, I could totally be vegetarian!” That’s when I said, “Dude, there’s bacon in here.” So, yeah, there’s bacon, and it is fabulous! We eat a lot of salads in our house, and I’m always looking […]

December 12, 2015 | By | Reply More