I like settling into a new season. Windows open, eating an apple – that kind of thing. We’re in week 20 of our amazing CSA and summer vegetables are quickly winding down. I’ll miss the dizzying bounty for sure, but I’m also looking forward to craftier cooking and making delicious meals out of all the ingredients I forgot existed while I was dazzled by all those technicolor tomatoes. [Read more…]
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When I cook for you, the nice people of the internet, I obsessively weigh and measure every ingredient and take fastidious notes so that the recipe I put on the site is as close as possible to the recipe I put on the table. So when I cook for my family, I like to feel my way through a recipe – measuring sea salt by pouring it into my palm, adding herbs by the handful and stock by the jarful. I like to determine quantities by what I have on hand. If there are a lot of carrots and a little ginger in my kitchen, there will be a lot of carrots and a little ginger in the dish. [Read more…]
All summer, I’ve been meaning to cook everything in Meera Sodha’s Made in India. The book first came across my radar during the Food52 Piglet. I bought it immediately and was dazzled by the recipes. But during the chaotic summer, it ended up filed away on the bookshelf before I’d had a chance to cook from it. [Read more…]
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Late summer entertaining is tricky business. Storms and swelter threaten, while all manner of insects plot in the shadows. I keep at it, though, because most of the threats to a summer party also bring a little summer magic. A booming storm might roll through, but won’t last long and leaves behind a rich aroma and a little respite from the sun. The searing heat of a hot summer day gives way to a sultry evening. Come winter, we’ll cozy up in our little house with friends and family, but summer is the time to take in the flowers and the sky. [Read more…]