Parsnip cake with ginger cream cheese frosting

About a month ago, I started watching The Great British Baking Show again. It has become the crown jewel at the end of a long day. The contestants, many of whom have smooth, mellifluous British accents, couldn’t be more pleasant and encouraging to one another. And their unbridled passion for baking is infectious. I loved…… Continue reading Parsnip cake with ginger cream cheese frosting

Green tomato salsa

I’m working part-time on a farm in southern Wisconsin, and we have a plethora of green tomatoes that didn’t get a chance to ripen ahead of the first frost. Should you find yourself with an abundance of green tomatoes, this salsa is an excellent way to give them new life. It’s delicious over roasted pork,…… Continue reading Green tomato salsa

Baked ziti

It’s Election Day, which means if you have a pulse, you’re probably nervous/exhausted/fearful/insert any other stressed out adjective here. Let’s face it: The world is a Dumpster Fire, and we could all use a little extra comfort. Enter: Baked Ziti. All too often, this dish does not get the care and respect it’s due. Gloppy…… Continue reading Baked ziti

Tomatoes Niçoise

I wrote this piece a couple weeks ago in ode to my favorite fruit then forgot to post it. Now we’re in October and are preparing for the first freeze of the season. If you still have access to good tomatoes, keep reading and consider giving them the careful consideration they’re due. * I went…… Continue reading Tomatoes Niçoise

Breadcrumbs

Every morning, I light the burners, trim the vegetables, and lumber toward some ineffable sense of progress. Hours later, I’m scrubbing the counters, scouring the burnt edges of the stove with a steel wool pad, waiting for insight. All I ever seem to get is a trail of breadcrumbs, a tiny string of clues about…… Continue reading Breadcrumbs

Once upon a summer salad : Summer chopped salad

I meant to share this recipe last week. You remember last week when the sun was fierce and unrelenting and anything other than a t-shirt felt too hot and cumbersome. Then winter showed up. Now I’m in a sweatshirt and wool socks. This salad is the product of my favorite cooking strategy: opening the fridge…… Continue reading Once upon a summer salad : Summer chopped salad

Rethinking zucchini : Lombrichelli with zucchini and guanciale

I told my friend, Sarah, I was working on a post about my favorite summer pasta dish with squash. “Send it my way,” she said. “Squash is always so drab.” It can be true, particularly with certain varieties of zucchini, whose unusually high water content render them almost flavorless. Water-logged vegetables like zucchini and radishes…… Continue reading Rethinking zucchini : Lombrichelli with zucchini and guanciale

Once upon a time in Palermo : Caponata

In his chapter on Sicily in The Food of Italy, Waverly Root quoted Sicilian writer and scholar Gaetano Falzone: “He who has not eaten a caponatina of eggplant has never reached the antechamber of the terrestrial paradise.” Last fall, I found myself in Palermo, Falzone’s hometown, tasting caponata for the first time. That feels like…… Continue reading Once upon a time in Palermo : Caponata

Topping and tailing : Fagioli lessi

“I’m gonna grab an espresso. Any else want one?” Sam’s raises his hand, then continues dragging a giant crate of string beans over to one of the long wooden tables in the cortile. He lifts the crate and dumps them out in front of Cybelle, who is sitting and waiting patiently for us to join…… Continue reading Topping and tailing : Fagioli lessi