Strawberry Shortcake Apr06

Strawberry Shortcake

Ready for summer? Not that we’ve been suffering *at all* here in the Bay Area, but I hear the rest of the country has. And by golly I can’t just sit idly by as they thaw out from Snowmageddon or Blizzard-pocalypse or whatever it’s being called without providing some warm...

Skillet Eggs and Pol...

And, finally, it rains. Not so joyous an occasion for sun bathers, felines, and other bitter Betsy-types, but most of California breathed a slight sigh of relief when the skies opened up this morning. My reaction? “I don’t have to water my plants!” and a beer was opened in...

Homemade Ricotta

I’m in a bit of an eggplant conundrum. He’s been staring up at me from the depths of my refrigerator for days praying that I will, for the love of god, just grill him already. I want to love him. I really do. He’s healthy and in good shape. But he’s just...

Shakshuka Jan05

Shakshuka

Never heard of it? Neither had I. But that is one of the many beauties of the internet— visual aids that provide us with the pretty pretty pictures we need in order to become interested. “This book has no pictures. Ergo, this book is a waste of space.” Shakshuka is a...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Cheesy Onion Tartlets

Merry Christmas! This is my last holiday food coma post and I am looking forward to taking a nap. Not only because finding the perfect, most fabulous recipes for this fine piece of internet literature is exhausting, but also because my dear sister decided to text all of us at 5am to inform the masses that she was unable to sleep for most of the night and if we opened presents without her she would be emotionally wounded beyond all repair. So it goes. I hope everyone who tuned in has enjoyed the holiday-themed goodies! This one was my attempt to come up with a tasty party snack that I envisioned being shuffled around elegantly on shining...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Russian Tea Cookies Dec23

12 Holiday Food Comas: Russian Tea Cookies

Also known as: Mexican wedding cookies, cocoons, snowballs, and probably twenty-seven different other names the world over, but to me they are just “Further proof that lots of butter means a tasty, delicious snack.” No one really seems to know where they actually come from, but the fact remains: they are one of the most popular holiday cookies across Amuuurica and most definitely my favorite (hint: you may make them for me. In double batches. Thanks much.) If you’re looking for a simple, easy cookie that will have you covered head-to-toe in powdered sugar goodness and a grin from ear-to-ear, you’ve come to the right...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Minty Hot Chocolate Dec21

12 Holiday Food Comas: Minty Hot Chocolate

Oh, Chocolate. I love you so. If I end my life drowned in your goodness, I will die a happy woman. A short post today, friends, because the beauty of cocoa speaks for itself. If you’re not a fan of mint (which you should be), simply remove the candy canes from the equation. Drink up, me hearties! Minty Hot Chocolate 2 c half and half 2 c milk 4 mini candy canes 1 c chocolate chips Kahlua to taste1/2 c whipped cream In a large pot combine the half and half, milk, and chocolate chips and heat over low, stirring frequently. When hot and the chocolate has melted, remove from heat and add kahlua to taste. Divide into 4 mugs and place a...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Butter Crunch Toffee Dec20

12 Holiday Food Comas: Butter Crunch Toffee

My Aunt makes the best damn toffee in the world. True story. Last year I thought to myself, “This can’t be that hard! I’ll just find a recipe and make some that will be just as good as hers.” Which I did. And do you know what that toffee did? Do you? It ripped a crown right off one of my mom’s teeth. Poor woman put all this trust in her daughter to not feed her harmful substances and what did it get her? A giant dental bill right at Christmas. And it didn’t even taste that great. So this year, I took no chances. My dear Aunt sent along the recipe of non-dangerous, uber-tasty toffee and sha-zam. No harm to...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Butternut Squash Galette

Did anyone else just realize that Christmas is less than a week away? Even though I’m in the middle of posting all these holiday recipes, it only hit me last night as I was pouring over my gift-giving Google spreadsheet and realizing how many people I had left to shop/craft for this year. That’s right, folks. You may be the lucky recipient of a handmade, gold-filigree pine cone dipped in glitter and mounted on a stand composed of bedazzled Popsicle sticks and Play-Doh. In other news…. Deb did it again, that clever girl. This isn’t one of her newer recipes, but it’s definitely a favorite amongst her many, many...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Classic Sugar Cookies Dec18

12 Holiday Food Comas: Classic Sugar Cookies

Is there anything more holiday-like than a cookie decorating party? I think not. These are dangerous. Highly addictive. Delicious. I loath myself for making them because a pile is sitting on my counter…taunting me every time I walk by. “Eat me!” You’re a jerk, cookie! You have no power over me! I am a warrior against your siren’s call of doom! But, despite my most courageous efforts, they are mostly gone. After 24 hours. I hang my head in shame. For these treats I turn to none other than the queen of the old school, can’t-fail, most fool proof recipe book I’ve come across: Fanny Farmer. That lady...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Spinach Dip

While the rest of the country has been suffering through a truly heinous winter with -50 degree winds, never-ending snow, and icy roads covered in car-degrading salt, Californians across the state have been horrified to hear their own fate: a low of 35 degrees. Heavens! When will our afflictions be over? Is there no god above to protect us from this hell? Thankfully, we powered through and are back to just “chilly” (that’s what 60 degrees feels like to our delicate bodies). It’s a Christmas miracle that we came out alive and can appreciate the little things in life once more. Like food. I’ve always had a bit...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Jelly Doughnuts Dec16

12 Holiday Food Comas: Jelly Doughnuts

I know what you’re thinking: you’ve never had a jelly doughnut around Christmas, so what on earth am I talking about? Well, according to my in-the-know Jewish sister, jelly doughnuts are a traditional treat for Hanukkah. Since doughnuts are one of my favorite foods, there was no way I could turn down such a golden opportunity. Signed, sealed, delivered to my gullet. Pinterest has been hopping with doughnuts made from Grands Biscuits and I was feeling extra curious, so I went the lazy route and bought the roll of Buttermilk for this adventure. For a quick, delicious treat, this was perfect. The doughnuts cooked in about 2...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Rosemary Squash Casserole

I know it’s wrong, but sometimes I just pour heavy cream on things. Just…all over it. Strawberries, peaches, waffles, my hand, etc. Usually those moments are influenced by the emotional eating part of my brain that says things like “If you’re sad, food will make you happy!” and other illogical things. In this instance, however, the cream is not so random and impulsive. It melds wonderfully with the herbs and squash, creating a wonderful cold-weather dish that pairs beautifully with almost anything (…like more cream?). Be fairly generous with the salt and pepper and don’t try and go...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Rum Cake Dec14

12 Holiday Food Comas: Rum Cake

People who first meet this cake don’t quite know what to do with themselves. They stutter. They pray. They beg for more. It’s a sad and beautiful spectacle to behold, especially since I was once one of those fools. Now my reaction to seeing it in residence is to simply punch everyone in the vicinity, shove the cake down my shirt for storage, and sprint for the hills. You could say it’s excessive, but I call it survival of the fittest. Since my grandmother passed, my mother has gallantly taken up the mantle when it comes to Rum Cake prep. This is no small feat (she usually makes 4-5 during mid-December alone), but she does...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Baked Brie

I could get very, very fat on baked brie. I mean ludicrously large and in charge, purely based on the calories from this behemoth creature. And I wouldn’t regret a single moment of that indulgent, decadent heaven. Mmmmmmhmmmm. I canvassed some friends for their favorite recipes and this one came up for almost everyone. I don’t know if it’s an American thing or what, but we love our cheese wrapped in dough, baked into an orgy of oozy perfection. Trader Joe’s had a display of these adorable tiny brie wheels and, since I cannot resist anything that comes in miniature, I had to buy a couple for this post. I mean,...

12 Holiday Food Comas: Peppermint Brownies Dec12

12 Holiday Food Comas: Peppermint Brownies

Everyone has their own list of holiday favorites. Recipes they make every year without fail, whether they’ve been passed down from grandma or discovered in a lonely college dorm room whilst dreaming of a white Christmas. This year I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites, some new ideas I’ve been toying with, and suggestions from friends, so every day for the next 12 I will be posting a new recipe to help everyone enjoy the holidays. Today’s beast: Peppermint Brownies. While peppermint bark is a staple this time of year, I can never eat very much of it. This is probably a good thing for my blood sugar levels, but...

Mustard Glazed Bruss...

I love the question “Oh, do you have a cold?” I am always tempted to reply with something snarky and sarcastic, such as “Nah, I just normally sound like a muppet stuffed inside an empty Pringles can. Thanks, chief!” All merely because I’m bitter and tired and...

Potato Cheddar Piero...

Pierogi are Polish dumplings which consist of a filling (usually potato, but there are many varieties) wrapped in dough, that is then boiled and pan fried. They are insanely good. Even though you can make these with anything from sauerkraut to blueberries and cream cheese, I decided on the...

Apple Dapple Cake Oct29

Apple Dapple Cake

Five years ago I spent 3 months on a farm in Tuscany. It was about as magical as it sounds, times 78 billion trillion million. We drank wine from the farm’s vineyards, ate toasted bread with olive oil straight out of the presses, herded pigs (I did less of that and more of the eating),...

Squash Fritters Oct21

Squash Fritters

  These were seriously one of the best things I’ve ever had. Something about the lemon-sage-squash combo blew my mind a little bit and I am really excited for breakfast to come back around so I can have more. Knowing leftovers are sitting in my fridge is driving me a little bit...

Chilaquiles Oct20

Chilaquiles

The first time I had chilaquiles there were eggs, beans, a random sauce thrown in, and some chips. I thought, “Ok. Love me some chips. Not too shabby.” Then, I was taught a few things: 1. Nope. That ain’t right. 2. Really, really not how it’s done. 3....