No Shame in Cans

Quick and dirty black bean stew

(April 23, 2015) Has cooking always been so complicated? When I look at recipes in magazines like Cooking Light and Bon Appetit, the pages themselves seem weighed down with all the ingredients to...

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Socca It to Me

Savory Mediterranean chickpea pancakes

(April 9, 2015) I absolutely love love love socca, or farinata as it's known in Italy, or faina in Uruguay. My pop calls it socca, which is the French word. The fried flatbread...

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Easter Egg Bread

For any day of the year

(April 2, 2015) I used to go egg hunting as a child. When visiting friends with chickens, I would go into the henhouse to look for an egg for myself. I was wary...

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Down to Bidness

Working lunches that work

(March 26, 2015) Not every business lunch calls for the classic steak and Martinis, and not all of us can return to work after that sort of thing. Choosing where to break bread...

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Just Searing Some Duck

With citrus and ginger. No big deal.

(March 19, 2015) One of the wonderful things about duck is how baroque it sounds on the menu. Casually telling friends you're cooking duck breasts on a Tuesday night usually provokes raised eyebrows...

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Make It Green

Vegi-centric caldo verde

(March 12, 2015) March is a difficult month. No longer winter and not yet spring, it is a kind of limbo in which the promise of spring may be curbed suddenly by bites...

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Mama Stew

Comfort food for friends with kids

(March 5, 2015) The summer of youth is full of unappreciated freedom and spontaneity — road trips, river days, talking for hours with your friends in the back yard as cicadas sing. And...

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Hum Plate Round-up

Broadened horizons

(February 26, 2015) Big Dipper It's not your fault you skip over something like bean dip on a menu. For one thing, bowls of the pasty business show up a lot (there's likely...

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Sticky Fingers

Chinese recipes I totally stole

(February 19, 2015) I was a puffy-faced cliché, freshly dumped and lurching around the apartment I'd shared with my boyfriend of four years, stuffing my things into a duffle bag under the bored...

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Funky Cold Medina

Flirty drinks for consenting adults

(February 12, 2015) We're all adults here. We know what we like and we know what we want. Often, what we want is sex. We look around and see it permeating every aspect...

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