A wintry pressed salad recipe made with red cabbage, carrots, and fresh ginger, and finished with slivers of kumquat and fresh squeezed blood orange juice. [Read more…]
When we lived in Brooklyn, February was my time of discontent. Like clockwork, I’d corner Brian, list all the things I hated (basically everything), and suggest that we should leave New York immediately. He’d hear me out and kindly remind me that it was February and I went through this every year. Now, in Charlottesville, my February mood manifests as a more general darkness, a sort of dissatisfaction and gloominess that doesn’t reach the level of inspiring major life changes.
And as usual, the longer days and kinder weather of March have improved my outlook. [Read more…]
In my past life as a painter, I loved the process of making art nearly as much as the completed work. These days, I express my creativity differently, but I’m still entranced by all the little steps that transform an ingredient into a finished dish. Our culture and busy lives push us toward faster, easier things – but, especially at the height of February, when the weather and produce are equally bleak, I find it grounding to get into the kitchen and cook with attention to the prep and stirring and all the other in-betweens. As it happens, a carefully roasted Romanesco, topped with nutty brown butter toasted panko and a bit of parsley offers both a wonderful opportunity to focus on process and a delicious finished dish that’s just right for a snowy February afternoon. [Read more…]
There are weekends that stretch out, with golden evenings and long, eventful days. The ones where you look back Sunday evening and feel like Friday is only a distant memory because you’ve had a week’s worth of fun in two days.
This wasn’t one of those weekends. [Read more…]