applesauce 10

applesauce
I think that if it weren’t for tomatoes and applesauce, all of us who were formerly “preserving-challenged” would never have given it a real attempt. I mean, jams and jellies are great to eat, but it’s a lot of work (although definitely worth it) for something that only impresses your friends once and you can get for...

habanero hot sauce 11

habanero hot sauce
Last week at the farmer’s market, one of the stands had a box of beautiful orange habaneros. Now, I don’t eat habaneros much, because they kill you, but for some reason I felt drawn to them. “How much?” I asked. “25 cents each,” he answered. “or 10 for a dollar. Or 15 for a dollar.”...

sundried tomato pesto 4

sundried tomato pesto
Over the weekend, we were visited by dear friends who brought some sun dried tomatoes I had asked for from a great produce store in their area. I have a hard time finding them cheap enough to use without a pang of “wasteful foodie” guilt, so it was quite the kitchen blessing to have a...

yogurt cole slaw (with brussels sprouts) 6

yogurt cole slaw (with brussels sprouts)
Cole slaw is actually a fairly recent love in my life. Growing up, it somehow became the epitome of gross foods that I hated eating, to the point that I would gag if I had to try it. Somewhere in the course of becoming a super mature adult, though, I must have started liking cole...

simple fruit syrup 7

simple fruit syrup
A lot like the fruit crumble idea I gave you recently, this post on fruit syrup is more an effort to empower creative thinking and simpler living than anything else. One of the ways some people (like Rachel and I) are living more simply with their food is to avoid creepy ingredients and preservatives. For...

bread pudding with espresso bourbon sauce

bread pudding with espresso bourbon sauce
Yeah bread pudding! This is becoming one of my favorite desserts. Don’t tell anyone, but “bread pudding” is just another name for “french toast casserole”, which isn’t actually a thing. What I’m saying though, is that this is an easy dessert for anyone who isn’t scared of french toast, but it has the potential to...

tostado cups with red chile chicken 2

tostado cups with red chile chicken
Sometimes I feel a little embarrassed when I find myself super excited about some little recipe or idea I come up with (like this one). For me, cooking is less about my own prowess as a chef and more about discovering and bringing out the potential and the personality that food can have. When I...

homemade tomato soup with classed-up grilled cheese 2

homemade tomato soup with classed-up grilled cheese
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of those combos that drift into our lives through mysterious tradition, and never leave. Like PB&J, pizza and ranch, chicken and waffles, and so many food teams that would make you pause if you thought too hard about them, grilled cheese and tomato soup just works, and who...