Category Archives: Food and Drink

Sole Meunière: French for “so delicious I can’t believe it was also easy”

Warning: this dish is not for butterphobes. It is for everyone else. Even you, Ms./Mr. I-don’t-like-fiiiiiish. It’s so delicious it’s probably even worth splurging on Kerrygold or some other really good butter, though it’s also (as tonight’s meal proved) just … Continue reading

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Thai-Esque Pork with Papaya

A few months ago, in one of those temporary mental orgies of Healthful Living, I subscribed to Clean Eating magazine. Lots and lots of food-porny photos of heavy-on-the-veggies meals, lots of recipes that sound really really good until you start … Continue reading

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Mascarpone-Amaretto Stuffed Apricots

So what could be worth breaking nine months of radio silence for? These little pieces of heaven, that’s what. They’re sweet but not too sweet, creamy but not cloying, just exotic enough to stand out without overwhelming timid tasters with … Continue reading

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Bacon Rice Krispie Treats

This definitely doesn’t count as health food; on the other hand, you can set these out at a gathering and pretty much guarantee they’ll be gone in just a few minutes, thereby sparing you the agony of continuing unhealthy temptation. So… why the heck not? Immerse yourself, however briefly, in the world of stunt bacon cooking. Continue reading

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Take a picture, it’ll last longer

So I made this kale-rice gratin-ish sort of thing last night, and I put a little of it in a wee cute little white scalloped mini-gratin dish thingy and set it aside, thinking it would be lovely to take some pictures of it today in natural light. Terminally cute, it was, with its topping of slivered almonds and delicately sprinkled paprika. And the recipe made ever so much, and there was plenty left in the great big red gratin dish, and I was happy just musing on how cute that picture would be.
And then Jim came home last night and ate half of what was in the cute little scalloped dish. So you will have to use your imagination to envision how sweet that dear little dish looked all full of kale-ricey goodness. Sigh. Continue reading

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Socca to me

What, you ask, is a socca? This morning, I couldn’t have told you. Now I know that it’s a chickpea-flour cake or bread, baked on a griddle (especially a special fancy copper griddle pan, one of which I am confident I will never own) or, as in this case, in a cast-iron skillet. It’s native to Southern France, especially Nice, and has counterparts in the cuisine of many other countries (in Italy, it–or its cousin–is called farinata). Continue reading

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Vegan, but not very: Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf with Roasted Carrots

I had every intention of making this vegan, but then I realized I had chicken broth, not vegetable broth. Do with that as you will.

The pilaf recipe is adapted from Veganomicon, and it’s by far the tastiest thing I’ve made out of said cookbook yet (with the exception of a double pea soup to which I added bacon, tee hee). With the spicy sweetness of the roasted carrots, it made a well-rounded and thoroughly satisfying dinner. Continue reading

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