Weekend Reading, 5.24.15

When I woke up this morning, just before 6, I immediately started to slide my feet out of bed. I was feeling more foggy than usual, thanks to my allergies, and I started to run through the day’s schedule and to-do list. What time were my clients scheduled for? ...more

Smoky Sunchoke and Cauliflower Soup

Sunchokes are the sort of ingredient that I extol frequently and purchase rarely. I don’t have a very good excuse for this, except for the fact that sunchokes–also known as Jerusalem artichokes–tend to dwell in farmers’ markets and grocery stores for only a short period of time each year, usually in the spring. If you don’t catch them while they’re in season, you may easily go a long time...more

Purple Asparagus and Quinoa Salad with Peas and Pea Shoots

It might be an overstatement to call this quinoa and asparagus salad “the perfect spring meal.” But in my world, this dish is as close as it gets to seasonal perfection, and I can tell you that this is the sort of recipe that I will make again and again as summer progresses, varying the vegetables based on what’s freshest and most appealing. I never seam to get tired of quinoa salads; they make for such a quick and easy lunch, and they can be easily paired with soups or stews for a satisfying dinner. This week’s quinoa salad was inspired by a bunch of purple asparagus, kindly sent to me by the folks at Frieda’s....more

Weekend Reading, 5.17.15

As I was drafting this post today, I looked at the date and realize that May is, amazingly, more than halfway over. This spring–this year, really–seems to be flying by. I had so many goals for my blog in 2015, and one of them was to put more of myself into each and every post, to invest my words with the kind of candor and intimacy that (I think) characterized my blog when I first started blogging ....more

The Thing That Makes You Happy: Emma’s Green Recovery Story

Hi friends. Glad to see your interest in the Jovial Foods giveaway! If you missed it, I’m giving away a beautiful package of organic, gluten free vegan pasta, olive oil, and tomatoes–perfect for whipping up a plant-based pasta dinner ....more

Spaghetti and White Bean Balls, Plus a Jovial Foods Giveaway!

I love and adore whole grains. I’m hard pressed to think of a food group I’d crave more if I were stuck on a desert island (well, perhaps I’d choose veggies first—but it would be a tough call!). There are few whole grains I don’t like, and I try to use lots of them (especially ancient grains) in my cooking ....more

Sunflower Seed Romesco

I have a friend, a friend who is also a food writer and a vegetable enthusiast and a yogi. The first time she and I met, we ended up having a fifteen-minute conversation about sauce. We got on this topic because we’d been on the topic of bowls and how great they are (yes, we are every bit the food nerds that this anecdote would suggest) ....more

Weekend Reading, 5.10.15

Hello all! Happy Sunday, and happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms...more

Zimt Artisan Chocolate Giveaway!

Early last fall, Rebecca...more

Quinoa, Carrot, and Spinach Salad with Spicy Carrot Chili Vinaigrette

Greetings, friends, and happy Cinco de Mayo. There are lots of fiesta-worthy...more