Red Wine Vinaigrette

We were a salad family. My parents put salad on the table every night for dinner. Whether or not we had other vegetables, no matter what the main dish was. Every. Single. Night. There was salad. I interviewed my mom about this recently, asking if salad was an intentional point of parenting with her and […]

Strawberry Cream Cake

Before growing up and getting married and getting a house and a dog and making a baby, I used to be a sort of healthy eating specialist. It was the uncharted part of a job that I loved to do, which was just teaching people about cooking and how to make stuff taste good. I […]

Real Weeknight Pasta

I can tell you the number of times I have Googled “weeknight pasta.” That number is zero. Why? Because I am a person in the world, I have access to a computer, and I know how these things go. You’re either telling me to put something, perhaps even pasta itself, in a crockpot (NO), or […]

Summer Salad with Herbs, Fresh Mozzarella, and Snap Peas

Last weekend, the weather here was peak summer. Full sun, 90-degree temps, humid, with infrequent, apathetic breezes ambling across my parents’ backyard. We kept cool in strategic shaded spots, including under the tree by the patio, its branches starting low, almost at ground level, and reaching out at a decidedly gentle, un-tree-like incline. You will […]

Spaghetti Pie with Mozzarella and Chard

A couple of Christmases ago, we hosted the big holiday dinner in what was then our new home. I reeled with grand visions of rustic roasts, an ocean of hearty, comforting, yet modern and interesting sides, well-chosen wine, and some sort of rich dessert that would go every bit as far as clinching the meal without […]

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