reflections on my hiatus

Now that it’s August, please consider July to have been my unintended month-long vacation from the blogosphere. Because giving vacation notice a month after someone has already taken the vacation is entirely acceptable, professional etiquette. By the way, Monsieur Bossypantsman, you may have noticed I haven’t been physically or electronically present for the past month. [...] ...more

plantain and coconut fritters with sriracha yogurt sauce

About that Sriracha Yogurt Sauce in the title: it's super easy and fast to make, and the perfect balance of spicy, tangy and creamy. But I have no evidence that it exists. A smarter, more patient person would have snapped a photo of Sriracha Yogurt Dipping Sauce. But I dipped and noshed first, littering the spicy and tangy yet creamy sauce with unsightly crumbs. Soooo not photogenic ....more

manhattan with maraschino liqueur and bourbon-bathed cherry (not to mention cherry-infused bourbon)

Do you ever make cocktails at home? I've been mixing up gin and tonics for years - requires a LOT of skill, like opening a bottle of tonic water, pouring that and some gin over ice, squeezing in a lime, and stirring. So maybe it's not really all that skilled after all) ....more

gin mint julep and gin mojito

Someone's jumping up a year in age this weekend. And neener neener neener: it's not me! I've already checked that off my to-do list for 2012, as I do every year about 3 weeks before Jay follows suit. ...more

gabi moskowitz’s brokeass gourmet cookbook and broccoli-kale gratin

I remember first meeting Gabi Moskowitz serendipitously at an Indian food-themed dinner hosted by our mutual friends, Rebecca and Bill Kee. While in the middle of preparing dal (a spicy lentil dish), she paused to introduce herself in a very warm and welcoming manner before putting me to work chopping onions. As I began that task, Bill casually mentioned that Gabi had a food blog too ....more

baked plantain and coconut crusted fish

I teased you last week with super easy and snackable baked plantain chips, mentioning that they were also great for coating fish and promising to provide a recipe soon. And here I am, following through on that. ...more

baked plantain chips

I have a confession to make ....more

marinated asparagus and lime-coconut milk hollandaise

Every few months or so, my friends Bill and Rebecca host a "Top Chef" dinner competition that's actually more in line with "Iron Chef." A secret ingredient is unveiled, and two teams of friends brainstorm to devise a menu featuring that ingredient in each dish before venturing out to the local grocery store. Upon return, kitchen chaos ensues. Each team scrambles to grab the kitchen tools they require or, as often is the case, improvising when those tools - or ...more

i’m speaking at blogher food in seattle!

You may already know this if you follow me on Facebook, but if not (or if you missed that update a month or two ago), I'm thrilled to be speaking at the BlogHer Food '12 Conference in Seattle on June 9, 2012! The session is "Vittles: Vintage Food and Drink: Making a Modern Meatloaf, Ma ...more

five spice marinated pork

I should probably re-title this post: "Pork Jay Will Happily Eat For 3+ Days in a Row Without Complaint, And Then Ask For More Next Week." That doesn't sound impressive if you know that I will happily tuck into leftovers, eating the same thing over and over again for lunch and dinner for almost an entire week straight. ...more