A Sounding Out

It’s often said that crisis sounds out a person’s character.  A family member of mine recently had his character sounded out over what should have been a minor crisis.  Let’s just say the results weren’t pretty.  Those of us who were on the receiving end of the ugliness though, reached out to one another and…

Wild Onion Pickle

We are very excited about our new plot at the local community garden.  Visions of red ripe tomatoes, plentiful cucumbers, grillable eggplants, and fresh green beans fill our heads (idealistically, probably).  In an attempt to involve The Brood, we took them to the plot and had them help dig, pull weeds, and plant seeds.  Number…

Dinner: Lemon Pizza

Fridays have become Pizza Friday around here.  Not that long ago, in an email thread now long lost, we documented a blog with a lemon pizza.  When I found cheap Meyer lemons just after those emails were exchanged, it was clear that Pizza Friday must feature the lemon.  With olives and onions and garlic, it…

Dinner: Stewed Artichokes and Favas

It’s spring and I’ve been craving artichokes.  I have not, however, been craving the work of prepping them.  Having a bag of frozen green fava beans, I bought a bag of frozen artichoke hearts and made a simple stewed version of these with white wine and homemade stock (of which we now have scads).  Along…

Marmalade

After the blood orange marmalade went over well at the last Food Swap, I decided to get serious about making more before the blood oranges disappear from the markets.  So today is marmalade day!  We’re making two variations: blood orange (again) and lemon ginger.  Some day I might try a meyer lemon rosemary.  Hmm.

Snowjam: Vegetable Soup and Dumplings

Atlanta is now infamous for its lack of coping skills in winter weather.  I was lucky to have only spent 3 hours in the snow and logistics induced traffic jam of 2014.  Even though I was lucky compared to others I knew who spent 7 and 13 hours in it, it was still a hideous…

Super Bowl 2014 and Chili Update

Our usual Super Bowl party hosts cancelled this year.  Since I love football, there had to be a Super Bowl party!  So we split duties with our friends.  We cooked and they provided the space.  This was the perfect time to play with the chili recipe, which I did.

Cheese Series: Smoked Cheese

In our quest to know more about different cheeses, we went on the smoky side. Smoked Sulguni (Karoun) Karoun is a California company specializing in Mediterranean cheeses such as the Ackawi we reviewed earlier.  The smoked sulguni tastes a bit liked a smoked provolone.  The smoke flavor is relatively mild compared to the Irish cheddar…

Cranberry Relish

I love cranberry sauce just as it is.  But when we were making trade items for the November Food Swap, I figured plain wouldn’t cut it.  Researching cranberry relishes, chutneys and sauces is overwhelming!  I ended up combining elements from a couple of recipes.  Some of the seasoning comes from a chutney recipe.  It doesn’t…

Vegetarian Chili

Much vegetarian chili is unsatisfying to me.  Maybe it’s beans in vaguely chili flavored tomatoes.  Or maybe it’s tvp or seitan, and I’m not absolutely crazy about those.  But I didn’t have any alternative, so I kept trying different versions.  This one has a chili-like texture provided by the split moong dal.  If you can’t…

Chili Seasoning Spice Mix

Spice blends are so useful, particularly when time is short.  Many premixed blends in stores can be bland, too salty or just stale.  In any case, it’s nice to customize blends to one’s own taste.  One of my recent obsessions is the quest for a good vegetarian chili that has a authentic texture and rich…

Kim Chi Grilled Cheese

When I saw this Fried Egg Kim Chi Sandwich with Bacon on Tasting Table, I knew I had to come up with a vegetarian version.  Kim Chi and a fried egg on bread?  What’s not to love?  Of course, the bacon provides smokiness, so how to do that in a veg makeover?  We were getting…