How to Build a Basic Frittata

A good friend of mine had her second child back in March, a 9 lb 6 oz, 23-inch bundle of joy named Jordan. Since her first child is a daughter at the fun-but-exhausting age of 4 years old, I had promised ages ago that I would come down to her digs in Maryland and help her when the new baby was born. I was down in the DC area for three weeks, and while I managed to take in a […]

Ramp & Asparagus Frittata

Have you ever spent an entire day in a jumpy house with a 7 year-old? Let me just tell you, for the sake of science, that it is possible to pull every sinlge muscle in your body at the same time, especially when, inspired by giggling, 7 year-old cries of “Do it again!,” you demonstrate your NBA-style, windmilling slam dunk on the jumpy house baskbetball net about 847 times. My friend Kami celebrated her 7th birthday a couple of weeks ago […]

Asparagus, Andouille & Spring Greens Frittata

Leftover grilled asparagus, kale & pastured eggs from Saturday’s farmer’s market, andouille sausage, and homemade mozzarella combined to make today’s lunch something special. ————————————————————– Asparagus, Andouille & Spring Greens Frittata INGREDIENTS bacon grease, lard or olive oil 2 lbs potatoes, scrubbed and diced to 1/2-inch 2 links (about 6 oz) andouille sausage, sliced in half lengthwise 1 large onion, diced 1 large bunch (about 1 lb) kale, chard or other leafy green, coarsely chopped about 12 stalks cooked asparagus, tips chopped to 3 […]

Sausage & Leek Frittata

We had a Chiquita’s Weekend at my house this weekend, which mainly consists of lots of eating, drinking and staying up ’till 4:00 am.  While there is nearly always lots of good food, and I like to try out new recipes, tradition dictates that I make a frittata at some point during the weekend.  I make frittata often, as they make for a quick & easy breakfast or lunch and are a good way to use up leftovers or excess veggies; this being the […]

Holiday Party Menu 2014

The menu for this year’s Christmas party was pretty epic, if I do say so myself: bourbon-glazed pork belly, savory cheddar shortbreads, grilled skirt steak tacos, an amazing maple-mustard pulled pork, and more nibbles than you think you could possibly go through, but go through we did. I never get the chance to take photos; the light is Christmas-tree festive, but horrible for photography, and I’m always too busy running around and cooking to even think of it (hence I’ve […]

Ramp & White Bean Fritters with Sriracha-Marmalade Sauce

“Oh, ramps,” I hear you sigh, sniffing delicately. “That’s so last year.” To be sure, ramp mania seems to have dimmed somewhat, after a strong showing in the opening years of the decade, to be replaced by new must-have food items such as artisanal toast and eggs that are scrambled in the shell. Which is a good thing, really, as ramps have been dangerously over-harvested in recent years: perhaps everyone has finally gotten the message about sustainable ramp foraging? Or, perhaps, it […]

Use It or Lose It! Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Do you ever overcook chicken breasts? It can happen in a flash, right? Do you like the dark meat, but are not such a fan of the white, or vice versa? I’m not touching that one. Do you have a dozen jars of random preserves in the fridge, each with two or three tablespoons languishing in the bottom? If not, can I come over and borrow some fridge space? Do you like tacos? Who doesn’t? If you answered “yes” to any […]

Leftover Love: Celeriac Soup

I will never in a 1,000,000 years understand the hate-on for leftovers. What could possibly be wrong with having delicious meals in the fridge that you don’t have to cook? How does this not make breakfast stress-free? Workday lunches more economical and nutritious? Busy weeknight dinners a breeze? Are we so entranced by the variety of options available to us in the modern age – Mexican on Tuesday, Thai on Wednesday, Italian on Thursday – that we find eating the same […]

Foraging & Feasting + Giveaway Winner

Do you remember when I told you about a new foraging book, written by herbalist Dina Falconi and illustrated by artist Wendy Hollender, right here in Accord, NY? Well, I reached out to Dina and Wendy, who are also the publishers, Botanical Arts Press, and they were kind enough to send me a review copy and a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. I was so excited to receive my copy and I was not disappointed: it is a […]

Leafy Greens

I just picked up the first CSA bag of the season, otherwise known as, “greens, greens, and more greens!” It seemed an appropriate time to put up another seasonal ingredient page, this one rounding up all of the fabulous things you can do with leafy greens. Kale, arugula, chard, spinach, bok choi, tatsoi, mustard greens, dandelion, beet tops, radish tops, collards, turnip greens: the list goes on (and on and on). I put lettuce, cresses, and the soft, mild, eat-when-raw […]

Mexican Black Bean Pizza

I threw together this pizza for a quick lunch the other day. While homemade black bean pizza might not be your idea of “quick & easy” lunch fare, it mostly consisted of tossing together a bunch of already-prepared things: cooked black beans, par-baked and frozen pizza crust, salsa from last summer; and adding a bit of fresh veg and cheese. As it was, it took longer to preheat the oven than to put this pizza together and 20 minutes later […]

The 10 Best Kitchen Tools You Don’t Have

A funny thing happens when you write a food blog: people get the impression that you know how to cook. Because, like so many of us these days, my friends & family are scattered far and wide, I do a fair bit of traveling to keep in touch with my nearest and dearest. And because I write about food a couple of times a week, most of these folks have figured it out: I cook. Quite a bit, actually. Invariably, […]

Bertucci’s Sausage Soup

Back in my laboratory days on Mem Drive, when my co-workers and I felt like traveling further afield than The Sail Loft for lunch, we often ended up at Bertucci’s, home of excellent brick-oven pizza, addictive dinner rolls (hot from the oven!) and the infamous Bertucci’s Sausage Soup. I’ve eaten a lot of this soup in my day: in fact, the real battle in sitting down to lunch at Bertucci’s was in deciding between the delicious brick-oven pizza and the […]

Chipotle Hash Browns

I am drowning in data. I am trying to wrap up a huge project at work, a study that has been going on for over a year and has produced reams and reams and reams of data (much of which came from yours truly); I’m now in the process of distilling it all down into some sort of meaningful conclusion. And while this is the most fun part: understanding how all the pieces come together into one overall picture of […]

The 3-Minute Burrito

Sometimes, when you return from a vacation to foreign lands, all you can think about is recreating some of the fabulous food you ate on your trip. A jaunt to Spain in the late ’90’s marked my first experiments with frittata, inspired by the many late-night tortilla española tapas I enjoyed there. Frittata has continued a staple recipe in my repetoire ever since. On the other hand, sometimes when you return, all you crave are familiar, comforting foods: dishes you missed while […]