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White Bean, Kale & Bacon Soup

White Bean, Kale & Bacon Soup

Spring veggies are still just a wistful daydream for a little while yet *sigh*, so I wanted to make something big and bright with the long-lasting winter stalwarts kale, celery root and carrots. Creamy cannellini cooked with bacon fat and root vegetable trimmings make this soup satisfying enough for dinner. Crispy bacon, fresh lemon...
How To Poach An Egg

How To Poach An Egg

Poached eggs are a revelation when they’re done right, aren’t they? (The gorgeous running yolks! The tender whites!) And they seem like they should be a no-brainer — what protein is more basic, affordable and universally loved than eggs? And what cooking method is easier than boiling? But when things go wrong in the kitchen...
Homemade Veggie Burgers

Homemade Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers don’t always have to be seen as a second-rate meat substitute; at their best they have a wholesome, not-too-filling-but-still-satisfying vegetable-y goodness. From a culinary perspective, veggie burgers are just a savory vegetable croquette topped with all of the delicious trimmings of a burger. The freezer section of your local grocery probably has its...
Savory Lentils & Greens

Savory Lentils & Greens

  I didn’t mean for this dish to be so good. I was really just looking for something serviceable as a vehicle to explain how to cook lentils. But it turned out to be so easy and delicious, I might just be making it all the time. Is two nights in a row too much?...
Cooking Dried Beans

Cooking Dried Beans

Dried beans are one of the few food products that are cheap and durable enough to also double as childhood craft supplies. But they are good for more than gluing to your turkey themed collage or for filling tiny sacks of potatoes in your latest diorama; dried beans can and should have a starring role...
Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

To be perfectly honest, I am really more of an artisanal bread person. I swoon over a chewy yet crisp ciabatta, or a thick slice from a rustic boule. But I’m no bread elitist. I am not blind to the pleasures of American-style sandwich bread. It’s soft, moist even crumb is perfect for toasting, and...
Potato Skin Crisps

Potato Skin Crisps

As I have mentioned before, potato skins can be put to good use in making a flavorful batch of broth. But they are also quite tasty cooked all by themselves. Recently I made a huge batch of sunchoke soup (incidentally if you ever have the better part of an afternoon to kill and feel like...
Whole Wheat Crackers

Whole Wheat Crackers

I enjoy all of the little– shall we say– particularities of working with pastry doughs. They must be carefully handled. (As one of my dear pastry instructors would say “like children: gentle, but firm.”) They must rest, chilled, for the appropriate amount of time, allowing the gluten to relax. Then they must be cut and...
Warm Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Warm Cabbage and Apple Slaw

The luster of holiday cooking has worn away and the monotony of winter vegetables is starting to sink in. I thought that it seemed time to post another quick, tasty cabbage dish. This one is served warm, which seems apropos given the mind numbing (okay, everything-numbing) cold snap right now . This slaw is so...
Cabbage Stem and Fennel Salad

Cabbage Stem and Fennel Salad

Ingredients: The stem from one small head of cabbage one small head of fennel half of an apple or pear the juice from one lemon salt olive oil Cut Veggies: Using a grater or a Japanese Mandolin, cut the cabbage stem into paper thin slices. Getting really thin sections of cabbage is a must for...
Pumpkin Ginger Butter

Pumpkin Ginger Butter

I have to give thanks to my sister’s boyfriend,  Ben,  for the inspiration for this recipe. I had intended to post it just after Halloween, with the idea that decorative pumpkins could be “reused” as… well, food. But, as is often the case, I was a bit ambitious with my posting and it took a...
Roasted Beet Borscht with Dill-Pickled Apples

Roasted Beet Borscht with Dill-Pickled Apples

Sometimes I start working on a recipe with one thing in mind, and then get completely sidetracked by some curiousity that had nothing to do with the original concept. With borscht: it was the color. I really, truly had not started this recipe with the intention of making the most garish soup on the planet…....