Dill + shallot yogurt butter

On the way to the lakefront to meet some friends yesterday, we drove through my old neighborhood.  The one with my Single Lady apartment.  A block from my old building, where I used to stand waiting for the crossing signal (or not), look up and see home, just a few dozen steps away.  We breezed past […]

World’s best hummus

In every household, I think each member has Certain Stuff Only They Make.  Growing up, my dad made:  all weekend breakfasts (of both sweet and savory persuasions); all soups; all non-dessert bread products; anything in jars, including applesauce, tomato juice (both au naturel and pre-seasoned for Bloody Marys), grape juice, peaches, pears; all pies (no […]

Spring vegetables + buttermilk dressing

I’m kind of having what I’m calling a Tinkerbell moment.  I figure, if I clap enough and believe hard enough, Spring will eventually arrive in all its astonishing and gentle glory. You see, Spring this year has not been really showing up for work.  We all know it’s technically the season known as Spring, and […]

Chocolate cinnamon cake, take 2

So there’s something I haven’t told you. After that first foray into squidgy chocolate-spice rapture back in February, I made another attempt at that chocolate cinnamon cake.  I resolved to change two things:  I would not use a Bundt pan this time, opting for the classic (and recommended) loaf shape; I would also not double […]

Onion jam, or: That time we bought all the onions

Okay, that title sounds kind of dire.  I’m sorry.  This post is actually the opposite of dire.  It’s a post full of SOLUTIONS!  And the cleaning out of one’s pantry.  As I type, there is a pan of carrots roasting away in the oven.  Until about an hour ago they comprised what was left of […]

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