Shaking my serial snacker ways and re-committing to proper sit-down lunches. Today was a lovely kickoff: spinach salad with cabbage, sprouts, quinoa, watermelon radish, raw carrots, boiled egg, pumpkin, seeds and my favorite mustard vinaigrette from Deborah Madison (’cause OMG capers!).
After months and months (and months) of nothing but citrus, our eyes go wide at the sight of fruit in June. There are peaches at local farm stands, big ol’ watermelons and we had berries in the house as recently as last week. Hooray! This also means that we inevitably end up with a few pieces that are a little past the “fresh”stage. I decided to go the popsicle route with the handful of peaches we had […]
Temperatures make it a little hard to tell, but summer is wrapping up in Austin. We picked up what I am sure is going to be our last watermelon of the year with our tuber-heavy CSA stash. In the kitchen, I am closing out the summer with one last batch of my summer squash risotto. I originally came across this risotto cooking method in The Bon Apetit Fast Easy Fresh cookbook. I’ve been making risotto this way for […]
I have been on a quest for a homemade veggie patty for… like… ever. I’ve tried a kazillion recipes in the past few years and they are all perfectly yummy but rarely hit highs across the board. Sometimes, they fall apart. Sometimes, they are ingredient heavy. Sometimes the 9yo 10yo won’t come within inches of them. Sometimes they are ONLY yummy if you can serve them with a perfect combination of go-withs. This recipe (originally posted […]
I have a confession: I have never baked with canned pumpkin puree. I didn’t grow up eating pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread or pumpkin anything. Our holiday gatherings tended to have flan or Lulu’s choco-flan or dulce de camote. The closest I came to pumpkin in October were those little pumpkin-shaped candies that my mother would throw out of our Halloween baskets (source: dangerous halloween candy urban legend of the mid-80s). I baked my first […]
Although most commonly associated with Latin American cuisine, the use of a sofrito is common across cuisines from all over the world. Italian food (and most soups we are familiar with in the US) begin with a base of chopped celery, onion, and carrots, fried in oil or butter. Indian curries most often begin with a fry of onions, ginger and garlic. They’re about establishing a flavor base more than anything. The following sofrito bares […]
Got my first batch of okra today and we are excited to revisit this now-classic summer snack… Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have non-gooey okra. These little guys are what finally got me to cross over into the land of the okra-lover. Crispy and spicy, they rarely make the short distance from the counter to the kitchen table and have become one of our favorite summer snacks. Yes… okra can be a […]