In Which I Make Dried Tomatoes

This weekend I took the opportunity to start trying to process some of our tons of tomatoes to be used at a later date, and I started by drying some tomatoes.I haven’t tasted them yet, but this should yield a similar result to the sun-dried tomatoes I pay $3 or more a cup for at […]

Cooked up on September 7, 2011

More like this: canning | cookbooks | garden | Uncategorized | uses for leftovers | vegetarian

Cornbread Waffles for Breakfast. Or Brinner.

Ok, it’s Wednesday. You’re officially allowed to start longing for the weekend. Personally I am looking forward to weekend breakfasts like the one we had last weekend with my good friend Mary, who came and visited for almost five whole days! Side note: if possible, I would always cook for my blog posts in the […]

Cooked up on August 31, 2011

More like this: breakfast | brunch | dinner

Pasta Carbonara is Comfort Food.

As I’m writing this post, it’s 6:30 and almost dinnertime. Which makes thinking about last week’s pasta carbonara only make me want to make it again. Pasta Carbonara to me always sounded like it’s going to be some kind of fire-roasted spicy thing (carbon, right?). It actually just means the sauce is made of eggs […]

Cooked up on August 30, 2011

More like this: dinner | garden | summer

Bittman’s Chickpea Tabbouleh

One of the best places to look for a good, easy lunch is a piece of writing that is absolutely indispensable, in my opinion. It is an article – well, a list – of 100 Simple Salads that Mark Bittman published with the New York Times in 2009. I have been referring to it ever […]

Cooked up on August 19, 2011

More like this: lunch | summer

Easy Fruit and Tea Smoothie

This smoothie is inspired by an excellent margarita I had this weekend – a hibiscus tea flavored one.  As I learned on the Celestial Seasonings tour, hibiscus is one of the most-used ingredients in tea. But I picked this tea because it is specifically a hibiscus-flavored one – often in “zingers” and whatnot it can […]

Cooked up on August 18, 2011

More like this: snack | summer

Six Ingredients or Less Dinner: Pasta with Fava Beans

A few weeks ago (before vacation), we had the pleasure of getting more fava beans in our bi-weekly CSA box. The last time I made them, Dave was out of town and I was eating by myself – but really, that time we had a pretty small amount of beans. This time we got plenty […]

Cooked up on August 17, 2011

More like this: CSA | dinner | summer | Uncategorized

A Good Food Read

We are back from vacation and excited to be home! Needless to say, in the past 12 hours I have not cooked. I have not even unpacked. But I did read the first half of a great food book on the plane: I am loving this book so far (I’m about 150 pages in). This […]

Cooked up on August 16, 2011

More like this: books

A Big Project with a Big Payoff: Almond Danish Braid Part II

Let me tell you, friends, I am having some crazy adventures this week. I’ve eaten some amazing food, too (don’t worry, I took photos). I’ve eaten some great and delicious things, like a cream puff the size of a softball, and also some things that I’m glad I tried, but probably will not try again, […]

Cooked up on August 13, 2011

More like this: breakfast | brunch | dessert | Uncategorized

A Big Project with a Big Payoff: Almond Danish Braid Part I

For our lovely beach vacation I wanted to do something special for one of the meals we had at the house. I’ve been reading this book on professional baking – it’s more a textbook than a cookbook – my favorite kind! And I decided to make a Danish braid with almond filling. But if you […]

Cooked up on August 12, 2011

More like this: breakfast | brunch | cookbooks | dessert | Uncategorized

Our Garden Exploded!

Dave and I went away for last weekend, and when we got back, we couldn’t help but notice that things weren’t the way we left them.. This is our sunflower that is growing in the backyard. That is all I can see of it because IT IS WELL OVER SIX FEET TALL. I can’t wait […]

Cooked up on August 11, 2011

More like this: garden | summer