When I think about summer, I think about getting outside and grilling. My preferred flavor of summer is a mix of watermelon, charred meat, a cold lemonade, and deviled eggs. I grew up in the South where a crystal deviled egg platter is something in everyone’s china cabinet,and having a plastic one with a lid to take to cookouts is almost required. However, I remember deviled eggs being a special treat, because they took a lot of time to make. [...]
Ashley gives us a mouthwatering recipe for cognac-pecan skillet brie and teaches us that going camping doesn't mean that you have to forgo great food.
I don't know if I have mentioned this, but my husband and I live with another couple and their baby (it helps when you live in Southern California). The other husband is part Syrian and has made something that he calls "yebret" (Mediterranean Grape Leaf Rolls). He recently made some, but had leftover grape leaves...so I decided to make dolmas. We found a local Greek grocery store that carries grape leaves that are gluten and corn free. I began by placing [...]
I took an unofficial poll amongst my friends (‘tis the season) and confirmed what I thought all along: I am in the small minority of people who prefer cold weather and the seasons that come with it. More than likely, this stems from a classic case of wanting what I can’t have. Growing up in Texas, while I certainly experienced cold weather (and even a little snow each year), I mostly experienced the heat. My tastes, however, are more [...]
Did you ever hear the phrase that March “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” when you were growing up? I did. And if this phrase is true in Southern California, then our lion is hot, dry, and confused. By all accounts, the intense year of El Niño rain that we were promised is either fashionably late or not showing up. It’s likely that the phrase just doesn’t apply here, but the memories of moving from the [...]
One of my favorite author-poet-farmers is agrarian writer Wendell Berry. He addresses food growth and production with a prophetic voice that denounces consumerism and commodification of food. Instead of treating what we eat as just another consumer good that can be used or wasted as we please, he urges readers step back and look at the larger picture. In his zoomed out perspective, the health and particularity of land and communities is the basis for the health of cities, people, [...]
Foraging makes me think of going into the woods to gather ingredients, shooting a deer with a bow and arrow, and then cooking everything over an open fire. That is not me. Cooking over an open fire sounds nice, but I like the grill. I am not a camper, and I am not a hunter. AT ALL. So when I think about foraging I don’t personally feel like I fit. But if you think about it, foraging happens all around [...]