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 […]

Kale & Pecorino Salad with Pangrattato

By now, kale has been enjoying far more than 15 minutes of fame, and I’m really happy for it. It’s got everything that I adore in a salad green:  it’s hardy and keeps forever in the fridge, which means I can accidentally forget about it in the crisper, exhume it a week later, and it’s […]

Magic Green AP Sauce

I haven’t been in school for over ten years, much less in full-on “Back 2 Skool” mode. And yet, like clockwork, every September rolls around and I’m eager to get back to the mellow routine of whatever a schoolyear without anyone in actual school might feel like. (We do call Jack’s wonderful daycare “baby school,” […]

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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