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.”...

egg salad

egg salad
Egg salad is something Rachel and I have enjoyed for a long time, but for some reason never made. But the other day we had friends coming, and the situation called for a light lunch, and for some reason egg salad presented itself to my brain as the perfect solution. It’s easy to make, doesn’t...

guajillo salsa (salsa roja de guajillo) 2

guajillo salsa (salsa roja de guajillo)
It doesn’t look like much, but this salsa is the culmination of a significant quest in my life. When I lived in Mexico, there was one little taqueria we would frequent every few weeks, due to it being one of the few restaurants we knew for sure we could trust. Like most Mexican restaurants, each...

baba ganoush 3

baba ganoush
Baba ganoush! What a funny-sounding name for a food, especially since I have no Mediterranean heritage to justify using such terminology. What I should really call it is “eggplant hummus” or “one more attempt to start liking eggplant at all”. Because it’s true– I don’t like eggplant very much. I’ve tried it in various forms,...

apple cheddar beer bread 3

apple cheddar beer bread
That kind of title gets your attention, doesn’t it? It certainly gets mine, and I’m the one who made the bread. Yes, it’s pieces of roasted apple and cheddar cheese suspended in a soft, malty dough enriched with buttermilk and porter beer. You could make almost anything with that combination of foods (including just handing...

zucchini fries with roasted onion mayo 3

zucchini fries with roasted onion mayo
We made these last night for a late dinner/snack, and they were absolutely delicious. They were also made of zucchini, which was the quality I admired most at the time due to the current state of our garden. Many of you with gardens are nodding in understanding with that harrowed expression in your eyes; a...

homemade peanut butter 7

homemade peanut butter
Peanut butter is something that’s been in the back of my head for awhile, on the “hey, I should try to make that” list. In many ways, it’s well-qualified as a make-at-home food, especially for those of us trying to simplify our lives a little with our finely-tuned cooking skills. Why make your own peanut...