Plum Jam

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When I first read the craigslist ad for our current apartment, I was seduced by all sorts of words and phrases, like “dishwasher,” “washer and drier,” and “backyard,” but the kicker was “fruit trees.”  Oh to live in a house with fruit trees in the backyard!  I was sold.  In reality, it was in our price range, conveniently located, and looked nice online.  But wouldn’t you love to rent a place just for the fruit trees? The plums come in one giant, speedy crop, dropping into our backyard over the course of a week.  That first year we missed the … Continue reading

Polenta from Fresh Corn

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Sometimes a recipe has to be well timed.  I come across dozens of recipes daily.  I pin a handful of them to make later.  If something especially strikes me, I’ll pin it to the “Dinner This Week” board which I consult when writing my grocery list.  This recipe reached out through the Internet and screamed “make me right now” very conveniently on Tuesday morning.  My local farmers’ market is Tuesday afternoon, so I carefully collected corn, tomatoes and eggplant along with my usual haul of eggs, peaches, strawberries and sourdough bread.   Yotam Ottolenghi wrote Plenty, a book which I … Continue reading

Asparagus and Mushroom Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions

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When I was young, without fail, whenever my mom would ask what we wanted for dinner, my sister and I would chorus “tacos!”  Taco night was our favorite.  There was something about the self-assembly part of taco night that made it extra special.  I usually loaded mine up with extra cheese, only adding lettuce or tomato if strongly encouraged. I still love taco night, but these days vegetables play a starring role instead of being a simple afterthought.  I have written about taco night before, as it’s a favorite in our house.  While I love these zucchini and potato tacos, … Continue reading

Blueberry and Cheddar Cereal Bowl

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Some would argue that Northern California has no seasons.  In my part of Berkeley it is 67 degrees nearly every day with just a few degrees leeway in each direction.  Somehow, my body still senses the seasons, and oatmeal and wheatberry breakfast bowls give way to green juice and smoothies.  J introduced me to this breakfast the first summer we were dating.  I, always quick to jump on any excuse to eat cheese first thing in the morning, quickly added it to my summer rotation.  It reminds him of the summers he spent in Rhode Island with his family.  I … Continue reading

Cannoli Ice Cream Cones

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When I saw these cannoli ice cream cones on Emily’s blog last week, I quickly bookmarked them.  They were cute, but also seemed like they’d be easy to put together while still looking impressive. I heated up 1/3 cup of this chocolate & sea salt caramel sauce in a small saucepan.  You could just as easily use hot fudge or caramel sauce.  Honestly, I just wanted an excuse to have this in the house.  I pulled the chocolate caramel sauce off the heat when it was warm and moved easily when I tilted the pan.  I dipped each cone briefly … Continue reading

Grilled Vegetables over Polenta

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Last night the ladies took over the grill.  By which I mean my neighbor did all the heavy lifting and fire wielding tasks, and I chopped some veggies.  We wrapped them up in tortillas, topped with feta and avocado, for grilled veggie tacos.  In the winter, I’ll usually make a big batch of roasted veggies on the weekend.  Butternut squash, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts are the usual suspects.  These grilled vegetables must be their summer counterparts. These leftover grilled vegetables can be re-invented in so many ways.  Tonight I had them over polenta (cooked in roasted vegetable stock) with goat … Continue reading

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

Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

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Some foods inspire an instant an intense reaction.  No one “kind of likes” chia seeds.  With chia seeds, and certainly chia drinks like the Synergy or Mama Chia drink, the love/hate reaction is instantaneous.  My camp describes these drinks as “refreshing” and “delicious.”  The other camp might choose words like “slimy” and “disgusting.”  Chia seeds are slimy in liquid, but that doesn’t put me off them in the slightest.  If you land solidly in the “slimy” and “disgusting” camp, then this is NOT the dessert for you.  Might I point you towards my mini molten chocolate cakes instead? Chia seeds … 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

Asparagus Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Hard Boiled Eggs

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In a rather convoluted way, this salad started with garlic aioli.  Months ago now, J and I were eating at Canary Square, a restaurant in Jamaica Plain.  We’d split an order of fries to start, and our waiter offered to bring us a second dip in addition to the house-made ketchup.  A side of garlic aioli came out with the fries.  As I dipped in my first fry, I had to summon massive amounts of willpower not to go at the little container of aioli with my spoon and then my tongue.  Silky smooth and garlicky, the aioli was a … Continue reading