Buffalo Tofu, Goat Cheese and Asparagus Sandwich

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Several days ago I saw this post by (never)homemaker of an Asparagus and Tofu Sandwich.  It looked simple, and since I’m currently having a love affair with buffalo sauce I thought buffalo tofu would go perfectly with their other sandwich ingredients.  Before J became vegetarian, buffalo chicken tenders were one of his favorite things.  Without fail, if they were on a menu, we’d be ordering them.  I had nearly no spice tolerance, and sometimes the dish would arrive at the table, and I swore I would tear up just smelling it.  I never understood why you’d want to eat something … Continue reading

Tomato, Cucumber, and Mozzarella Panzanella

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So I’m not actually a salad person.  This may come as a surprise, since I’ve just offered you blog posts about salad all week.  When I go out to eat, a salad is the last thing that I ever think to order.  I like salads, but I always feel like they’re so easy to construct at home that it’s silly to order one out.  In a restaurant, give me pizza, homemade pasta, or perhaps Gather’s vegan “charcuterie.” Something that’s a pain, if not down right impossible, to make at home. When I do eat and make salads, I like them … Continue reading

Homemade Naan

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Most afternoons I come home to find a takeout menu hung on my door knob.  Usually the neon doortag is advertising pizza or Chinese and quickly finds a home in my recycling bin.  Last week the menu was for Indian, and instead of instantly tossing it, I stood on my front porch and perused it.  When I lived in Boston I walked by an Indian restaurant everyday on my way home from work.  Sometimes I’d pop in and order some naan to eat while walking home.  How can you go wrong with warm, fluffy bread?  Better yet, warm, fluffy bread … Continue reading

Irish Soda Bread

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Irish soda bread signifies March and spring to me just as much as daffodils and birthday cake.  My mom has always made it in March, usually to have at our birthday party, and somehow it feels not quite right to make it at other times.  Even now, living in California, where things seem perpetually in season, I find myself avoiding strawberries through winter.  I look forward to strawberry season and have no desire to ruin strawberry memories with a pale pink imposter in February.  March is Irish soda bread season in my turning of the world.  My mom has always … Continue reading

Oatmeal Bread

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J and I have strongly divergent ideas about bread.  The coffee shop on our corner makes bread I adore.  I’ve been known to go down there and order two slices of bread with my coffee, carefully ferry them home, and toast them here where I can top them with my own jam.  It’s sturdy, whole wheat bread, cut plenty thick so that when you toast it there’s plenty of soft warm center between the crisp outsides.  J hates this bread.  Hates it!  He swears the café’s sandwiches would be wonderful if only he could have better bread.  Mostly he eats … Continue reading

Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil Bread

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When I was thinking about my stuffing recipe, I knew I wanted everything to be as flavorful as possible.  I was also dealing with a competing priority though, which was that I knew come Thanksgiving morning I’d have very limited prep time.  My redeye cross country flight got me into Boston at 7:30AM, and since we were delayed it was actually much closer to 9:00 AM.  I knew there’d be no time for bread baking, and then for letting the bread go stale and using it for stuffing at our actual Thanksgiving celebration.  Luckily I also knew that rosemary garlic … Continue reading

Comfort Food: Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

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This dish is pretty new in my comfort food rotation.   Others, like my perfect grilled cheese sandwich or a simple breakfast for dinner have been making last minute appearances at my dinner table for years.  I’ll admit that I was skeptical about poaching eggs in tomato sauce, but several months ago I was on a poached egg kick.  Poached eggs on sandwiches, on salads, on grain bowls, you name it, I’d topped it with a poached egg.  So while I was skeptical, I simply had to try it. The preparation is so simple.  Just heat up tomato sauce (I doctor … Continue reading

Goat Cheese and French Lentils

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What makes lentils French? The Cooks’ Thesauraus says that French lentils, or Puy lentils get their name from their original place of cultivation. They were grown in Puy, France, in volcanic soil. I have a general sense that volcanic soil would be extra rich in nutrients, and this article suggests that might be right. Still, I like French lentils because they are green, and also because they are little and cute. I think they taste earthier and more complex than red lentils, and I love that they hold their shape and texture when they’re cooked, instead of turning all mushy. … Continue reading