Well-hydrated

It’s been an interesting month. Between the neverending panic that I feel when I look at the news and the similarly-paralyzing fear that sets in when I try to write my dissertation, I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to figure out what I need, and how to get it. I’ve instituted evening moratoria from the … More Well-hydrated

New Adventures

There are things a-brewin’ in the Procrastikitchen. For one thing, I have a mostly-written recipe for potato and cheese vareniki, little Russian vegetarian dumplings that are so easy to make that you will want to make a whole tray of them, like I did, so that you can pluck a handful out of the freezer … More New Adventures

Good things

This is the month when the foodie corners of the internet are flooded with vegetable side dishes. Sautéed, braised, and roasted, November is the month when we try to offset all the butter and carbs of Thanksgiving with root vegetables and brussels sprouts. Given my wholehearted love of vegetable side dishes (and my constant attempt to … More Good things

Better than medicine

Sometimes I think I should have named this the Blog of Ugly Food. Chilaquiles; Split Pea Soup; Baingan Bharta; and now Lentil-Sausage Stew. I last made this soup a few weeks ago, but I’ve spent the past three days huddled on my couch with the mother of all chest colds. While I’ve been eating little … More Better than medicine

Devilish

Stop reading. No, really. Turn off your computer, put on your shoes, and go to the store to buy some eggplant. You know you want to. Eggplants are like reverse ugly ducklings. Find a farmer with several varieties of eggplant, you might well be overwhelmed: small, pea-sized green ones; big, nearly black American ones; skinny … More Devilish

Then and now

When I was growing up, my family spent every summer visiting my grandparents in Washington and Oregon. Growing up in Alaska, the quality of our produce relied on the vagaries of the few airlines that came into the city. The Pacific Northwest, however, benefits from abundant winter rains and long hours of sun (or at … More Then and now