When I was younger, I was one of those weird kids who loved eating their greens. The greener, the better. I would devour things like broccoli and spinach, and I really liked brussels sprouts too—something my family didn’t totally understand. I’ve come to appreciate them more as an adult; the complexity of their flavor, how their little green leaves can be crunchy or soft, how they change color and become more vibrant when cooked. I almost always make them as a side during the holidays, but I enjoy them more in Janu ... Read More
brussel sprouts w hazelnuts


I love that time in-between seasons when the weather is just so – not too cold, but not yet summer-hot. I know some of you are freezing your mittens off in the polar vortex, and I don’t mean to show off—I really don’t—but the weather here right now is perfection (not so for most of the year, when it’s sweltering hot and you’re resigned to spending weeks on end indoors). We’ve had a couple of gloomy days, but otherwise it’s been warm with bright blue skies for most of the week. I’ve been taking advanta ... Read More
bits & pieces 27.01.14


Did you guys have a good Easter? What did you get up to? I: ate too much chocolate, had a relaxed brunch with a friend, and then a nice little dinner at home with the husband. I’m excited about this week because Rols and I have plans to see old friends of ours from out of town, and I have a girls’ night in planned which should be a lot of fun. I spent today clearing out my fridge and getting organized for the week, and I found I had a ton of chili peppers! I bought a bunch this week after forgetting that I already had ... Read More
homemade chili paste1


I know I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, but things have been busier than usual; the pace of life has shifted ever so slightly—things are happening faster, and things are just happening in general. I’ve taken time to absorb them all and just the enjoy the process. We’ve had news of new work and interesting projects, an ongoing search for a home, a birthday (with lots of cake), and the arrival of our beautiful baby nephew, Oliver. When life is pretty perfect—and when it demands that you be present—I don ... Read More
spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino


When I was at university (almost a whole decade ago—eek!), we had this big, sprawling, brand-spanking-new library. It was on three floors and had a pretty cool little cookbook section. I would sit in between the stacks after class and leaf through cookbook after cookbook, discovering new recipes and foods I’d never heard of before (kohlrabi! Watermelon radishes! Microgreens! Quinoa!). It was all new and exciting and I wanted to try it all. It was because of a book that I’d found at the library – Nancy Silverton’s ... Read More
za'atar flavored crisp-breads-2
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