Avocado is one of my very favorite things to slather on toast. Topped with a warm tomato yanked off the vine, a sprinkle of salt and a grind or two of fresh pepper, it is a perfect, quick and easy summer breakfast or snack. I will not pretend that it could not be improved with a side of bacon…but I’m working with what I have on hand and I’m not disappointed.
We were invited to a friend’s house last week to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics. This was exciting as we have no television at our house and I was looking forward to seeing commercials for all the shows and products most other people were aware of. It was also nerve wracking as it was a costume party and we had to come as our favorite Olympian. Not only did I not have any random sporty soccer type outfits, but I was damned if I was going to show up in a swimsuit or leotard. And so, naturally, I … Continue reading
For years I had been under the impression that one did not cook avocados. Rumor had it they would turn bitter and thus I had never tried “avocado fries” and avoided putting avocado directly on any hot food. We did once covet a deep fried eel and avocado roll at a wonderful subterranean sushi bar in San Francisco. But only the outside was crispy and hot while the rice was warm and the inside stayed a prefect room temperature. And then I read a recipe in Food & Wine for a Hot-and-Crunchy Chicken Cone from the Mighty Cone food truck … Continue reading
A couple months ago I made a big vat of thai sausage, and just pulled out the last batch from the freezer. As we had carrots, cilantro, cucumber and jalapenos I instantly thought of Banh Mi and decided to get a baguette and some daikon. The first time we served the sausage we had cold, sweet corn soup on the side and the flavors went so well together that I started thinking I might have to serve little corn soup shooters with the sandwich. That didn’t seem quite right, but I was pretty sure I needed sweet corn in some … Continue reading
My husband has been crazy busy lately which is good for business, but can get tiring for me coming up with dinner every night. Occasionally I end up just pulling together some kind of glop that I know I can be happy with because it’s easy, quick and uses all the little remnants in the fridge. And while Ryan is happy to have a hot meal to dig into at 10pm (or whenever he makes it home) I’m sure the various “veggie gnarl with egg on top” dishes are his least favorite to come home to. Though last week I … Continue reading
Even though I work at home, lunches can be challenging for me. It seems like it would be a welcome break, but often I realize I am starving at 2 pm, having sat at my desk for hours in the middle of a project. For a while I had an alarm on my computer that would say, really loudly, GET UP AND MOVE. And I would. I’d fill my water, go empty half the dishwasher, make a nice lunch and so on. It worked really well until my free trial ended and I didn’t bother finding another program. And so … Continue reading
The day after we had the lentils with gooey, crispy, frenchified garlic cheese bread, I still had a huge bowl of the gooey cheese sauce left. I packed half of it in a bowl to take to my mom’s so we wouldn’t eat it all, then set off to the store for some ham and butter lettuce. When I got to the deli, there was a sign saying Friday 5 Dollar Ham Event. My special day! It sounded downright festive, but turned out to just be that black forest ham was only $5/lb. I figured that would be as good … Continue reading