Fall

Spicy Chickpea and Bulgur Soup
Spicy Chickpea and Bulgur Soup - October 9, 2014

I was asked to bring a soup for a group of friends getting together for a casual, coastal overnight in beautiful west Marin. There were a number of recipes that were contenders, but a spicy chickpea soup from Yotam Ottolenghi's upcoming cookbook, Plenty More, caught my attention. It features a seductive, red harissa broth fragrant with cumin, coriander, and caraway, and enough chickpeas and bulgur to make it work as a main course. An herb-whipped feta is the crowning dollop.

Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad
Bar Tartine Cauliflower Salad - September 25, 2014

A beautiful cauliflower salad from the new Bar Tartine cookbook - a crunchy, hearty mixture of cauliflower, seeds, chiles, radishes, chickpeas, and green onions slathered in an enveloping garlicky yogurt dressing.

Sake Mushrooms
Sake Mushrooms - February 6, 2014

Going through a stack of papers in my kitchen I found a note to myself, a recipe to try. The note simply said: big mushrooms, dunk in sake, dredge in rice flour, sauté, salt, dot with miso butter.

Detoxifying Mint Tea
Detoxifying Mint Tea - December 29, 2013

A homemade blend of detoxifying mint tea - green tasting from mint and coriander, and fennel-sweet. It has layered peppery-ness from black peppercorn and freshly muddled ginger. I've been brewing this quite a bit lately, and took it in a thermos on our drive to Big Sur.

Miso Tahini Soup
Miso Tahini Soup - December 21, 2013

The miso tahini soup we had for lunch as we prepped for the Remodelista Holiday Market last weekend - it was simple, hearty, and restorative with brown rice, winter squash, and a creamy miso-tahini broth. Avocado, lemon zest, toasted nori, and chives kept things lively and beautiful up top.



 
 
 
 
Persian Yogurt Soup
Persian Yogurt Soup - December 8, 2013

Traditional and tasty, this soup is a test of patience and restraint. If you're easily distracted, skip it. If you can mind a pot, stirring, singularly-focused, for a half hour, perhaps longer, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful, vegetarian version of the herbed, Persian yogurt soup, Ashe Mast.

A Good Winter Salad
A Good Winter Salad - December 1, 2013

A simple salad made with crunchy lettuces, a garlicky, melted lemon butter dressing, and shaved endives, delicata squash, avocados, and pepitas.

Pomelo Green Beans
Pomelo Green Beans - November 19, 2013

A one-pan green bean side with a walnut-garlic dressing and highlighted with pomelo segments. Transform it into an easy main with the addition of some seared tofu or a poached egg.

Delicata Squash Recipes
Delicata Squash Recipes - October 31, 2013

A round up of favorite delicata squash recipes - from my site, and out-and-about as well.

Avocado Spring Rolls
Avocado Spring Rolls - October 23, 2013

I'm posting this spring roll recipe from Morocco, they were much needed for the flight over. Rice paper wrappers with brown rice, tofu, avocado, chopped hazelnuts, and a slather of intense oregano sauce. Plus a few snapshots of the trip so far.

Roasted Squash, Chile, and Mozzarella Salad
Roasted Squash, Chile, and Mozzarella Salad - October 9, 2013

A peek at spreads from The Kinfolk Table, the new cookbook from Nathan Williams celebrating small gatherings. From it I made a Roasted Squash, Chile, & Mozzarella Salad tangled with spicy arugula.

Turmeric Tea
Turmeric Tea - September 16, 2013

I started making this turmeric tea for its beneficial properties, and now it is one of my favorite daily rituals - made from a honey turmeric paste with lots of lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.

Miso Oat Porridge
Miso Oat Porridge - July 9, 2013

A simple bowl of toasted rolled oats finished with a bit of miso, then topped with a load of minced chives, walnuts, baby radishes, and a thread of cream. Also, a few snapshots from Los Angeles.

Steaming Vegetables
Steaming Vegetables - May 14, 2013

A reminder of just how good simple, steamed vegetables can be.

Cold Soba Noodles
Cold Soba Noodles - March 24, 2013

Cold soba noodles with a big dollop of ginger-scallion paste for the flight to Tokyo, plus pics from Japan, and a link to a few favorite spots in Tokyo.

Soups Worth Making
Soups Worth Making - March 18, 2013

A round-up of a my favorite soups from the archives - the ones that really stood out, the ones I love to revisit.

Marjoram Sauce with Capers & Green Olives
Marjoram Sauce with Capers & Green Olives - February 18, 2013

Pungent, herby, and assertive, this is an incredibly versatile sauce. From Deborah Madison's new book, Vegetable Literacy, it's made with pounded capers, walnuts, green olives, and a load of herbs - the perfect slather for everything from sandwiches and pasta to egg salad and vegetables.

Kale Rice Bowl
Kale Rice Bowl - February 11, 2013

A quick lunchtime brown rice bowl with kale, capers, salted yogurt, za'atar, toasted sesame seeds - and a poached egg for good measure.

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl
Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl - January 20, 2013

A simple breakfast bowl made with Greek yogurt, fresh pomegranate juice, puffed quinoa cereal, toasted sunflower seeds, and honey.

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad - January 7, 2013

A beauty of a carrot salad - tricked out with chickpeas, chunks of dried pluots, sliced almonds, and a toasted cumin dressing. Thank you Diane Morgan.

Posole in Broth
Posole in Broth - January 1, 2013

Posole for the new year - it has a vegetable broth base, lots of blossoming corn kernels, avocado and mung beans. Topped with chopped olives and toasted almonds it's A+...

Roasted Vegetable Orzo
Roasted Vegetable Orzo - December 8, 2012

Roasted delicata squash and kale tossed w/ orzo pasta & salted yogurt dressing & I try to answer a few questions about living with marble kitchen counter tops.

Heirloom Apple Salad
Heirloom Apple Salad - December 2, 2012

The sort of winter salad I love - heirloom apples, shaved celery, and toasted nuts of your choosing. The dressing is crème fraîche spiked with rosemary, garlic and champagne vinegar

Braised Broccoli with Orange and Parmesan
Braised Broccoli with Orange and Parmesan - November 26, 2012

A simple one-pan broccoli recipe I've made no less than three times in the past ten days - Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, orange juice, and oregano.

Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones
Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones - November 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones - golden-crusted, tender, moist, barely sweet, and streaked with violet swaths and chunks of blackberry. They're beautiful.

The Greenest Salad
The Greenest Salad - November 3, 2012

A shredded green salad bulked out with blanched broccoli, avocado, pistachios, a bit of feta, and tossed with a tarragon balsamic vinaigrette & pics from a special visit to Anokhi cafe and HQ in Jaipur.

Pumpkin and Rice Soup
Pumpkin and Rice Soup - October 27, 2012

The pumpkin soup I made as soon as I got home from India - with an herby butter drizzle and lemon ginger pulp. And some pictures of a photo session on the street in Jaipur.

Na'ama's Fattoush
Na'ama's Fattoush - October 8, 2012

A beautiful fattoush recipe and a preview of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's new book, Jerusalem.

Fennel Mushrooms
Fennel Mushrooms - October 1, 2012

A fennel mushroom recipe inspired by one of my vintage cookbooks, The Seasonal Kitchen by Perla Meyers. It's a simple, brilliant twist on everyday sauteed mushrooms with dill, chives, fresh fennel, and a kiss of creme fraiche.

Tomato Tarte Tatin
Tomato Tarte Tatin - August 15, 2012

A simple savory tomato tarte tatin made with ripe market tomatoes, plenty of caramelized onions, a wee splash of balsamic vinegar, and whatever pie dough you might have on hand (or in the freezer)...

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Heirloom Tomato Salad - July 24, 2012

My favorite tomato salad this year - made with roasted and ripe tomatoes, capers, mozzarella, almonds, and chives.

Broccolini Salad
Broccolini Salad - April 5, 2012

Big bowl of green - broccolini tossed with big croutons, tons of scallion slices, mozzarella, toasted almonds, and a hit of serrano pepper.

Saag Paneer
Saag Paneer - March 27, 2012

This is how I like to cook saag paneer - chopped spinach, golden-crusted paneer cheese, assertively spices, and finished with toasted sesame seeds and fresh lemon juice.

A Simple Tomato Soup
A Simple Tomato Soup - March 6, 2012

A simple tomato soup recipe inspired by a Melissa Clark recipe - pureed, warmly spiced, and perfect topped with everything from toasted almonds and herbs, to coconut cream or a poached egg.

Moroccan Mint Roasted Vegetables
Moroccan Mint Roasted Vegetables - February 22, 2012

A few snapshots from my week in Marrakesh, Morocco + the recipe for a platter of roasted vegetables spiced with dried mint, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, and a kiss of chile. So good with a dollop of salted yogurt and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Toasted Four Grain Cereal
Toasted Four Grain Cereal - January 30, 2012

A hot, filling, wintertime DIY four-grain breakfast cereal that you can trick out with all sorts of different toppings.

Miso Sesame Winter Squash
Miso Sesame Winter Squash - January 24, 2012

Inspired by a recipe in Bryant Terry's new cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. Roasted winter squash (and tofu) with a miso, maple, sesame, citrus sauce.

Black Bread
Black Bread - January 12, 2012

A hearty black bread - caraway-crusted, and flecked with dashes of grated carrot. It's dark, dense with rye, and perfect when toasted then topped with a fat smear of dill butter.

Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter
Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter - December 28, 2011

A few outtakes from the winter Kinfolk magazine shoot/article I worked on with Wayne. Plus the Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter featured in the photos.

Roasted Winter Squash Salad
Roasted Winter Squash Salad - December 1, 2011

A wintertime riff on potato salad. No potatoes though, just winter squash, a beer-based dressing, rosemary, walnuts, currants, and celery.

Ginger Soba Noodles
Ginger Soba Noodles - November 14, 2011

Soba noodles tossed with a creamy-ginger dressing and topped with crispy tofu, tarragon, and toasted delicata squash seeds.

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon
Red Lentil Soup with Lemon - November 8, 2011

An earthy, turmeric and mustard-spiked lentil soup served over brown rice with spinach and thick yogurt.

Broccoli-Basil Mac and Cheese
Broccoli-Basil Mac and Cheese - October 17, 2011

While in London my friend Anna Jones gave me a copy of the terrific new book she worked on - this broccoli-basil crusted mac and cheese immediately caught my attention.

Maple Buttermilk Pie
Maple Buttermilk Pie - September 30, 2011

A sweet little buttermilk pie I made. The filling is pure, creamy, maple-kissed tanginess, and simple to pull together.

Tortilla Salad
Tortilla Salad - September 13, 2011

A tortilla salad made from all sorts of good stuff - heirloom beans, avocado, watermelon radish, and cauliflower. Electric colors, punchy dressing, fresh and filling.

Spiced Coconut Spinach
Spiced Coconut Spinach - May 9, 2011

The perfect simple, spinach side dish - toast a few spices, add a pile of shredded spinach to the skillet, and finish things off with a burst of lemon juice and some shredded coconut.

Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma
Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma - March 1, 2011

A thick, cumin and coriander-spiced root vegetable stew. It's a free-wheeling one-pot dinner that attempts to use up whatever winter vegetables I have lingering about.

Baked Farro Risotto
Baked Farro Risotto - February 14, 2011

A baked farro risotto recipe - lemon-kissed, bright tomato sauce, lots of Parmesan, and chopped fresh oregano.

Leek Soup with Dill Oil
Leek Soup with Dill Oil - January 29, 2011

A rustic leek soup topped with an electric green drizzle of dill oil and crunchy toasted almonds.

Brown Butter Spice Cake
Brown Butter Spice Cake - January 17, 2011

A cardamom-kissed, brown sugar crusted, squash-battered spice cake. Made with brown butter and a bit of leftover winter squash.

Oat Soda Bread
Oat Soda Bread - January 11, 2011

A rustic oat soda bread you can make in less than an hour. Seriously. Made from a simple ingredient list of rolled oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.

New Year Noodle Soup
New Year Noodle Soup - January 1, 2011

An amazing New Year Noodle Soup from Greg & Lucy Malouf's beautiful book, Saraban. It's a bean and noodle soup at its core featuring thin egg noodles swimming in a fragrant broth spiced with turmeric, cumin, chiles, and black pepper. You use a medley of lentils, chickpeas, and borlotti beans which makes the soup heart and filling without being heavy. You add spinach, dill, and cilantro. You add lime juice for a bit of sour at the end. And then you've got a number of toppings to add when you serve the soup - chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, and sour cream. Amazing.

Baked Farro Pasta
Baked Farro Pasta - December 27, 2010

A cold-weather crowd-pleaser made of alternating layers of broken farro pasta, sliced potatoes, two cheeses, and mustardy shredded cabbage. The sort of thing you can prep a day or two ahead of time, and then bake when convenient.

Pumpkin and Feta Muffins
Pumpkin and Feta Muffins - October 8, 2010

Savory muffins packed with spinach, feta and Parmesan cheeses, black pepper, mustard, and sunflower seeds. Adapted from a recipe in a lovely little self-published Australian cookbook, Martha Goes Green.

Spiced Tomato Gratin
Spiced Tomato Gratin - August 1, 2010

In a Indian spiced departure from a favorite Suzanne Goin recipe - this is a rustic, deeply flavorful summer gratin made with sliced tomatoes, potatoes, caramelized onions, curry powder, and a kick of red chile flakes.

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad - February 18, 2010

I used my friend Molly Watson's recipe as a jumping off point here, and ended up with a roasted squash salad of sorts. It uses the pretty, scalloped-edged cross-cuts of the delicata squash, a few small potatoes, chopped kale, radishes, Marcona almonds - and a bold miso harissa dressing.

Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad
Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad - October 20, 2009

Inspired by a recipe in The Complete Tassajara Cookbook, a warm winter salad made from sauteed shredded red cabbage. Feta, balsamic vinegar, and golden raisins make it sweet and salty, rich with color, texture and flavor.

Brussels Sprout Salad
Brussels Sprout Salad - February 14, 2009

A shredded brussels sprout salad recipe, slaw-like in spirit, accompanied by lots of toasted hazelnuts, and shard after shard of aged cheese. The sprouts are tossed with a few glugs of olive oil and a big squeeze of fresh, fragrant lemon juice.

Mushroom Casserole
Mushroom Casserole - November 30, 2008

A remix of the mushroom casserole I loved as a kid. Brown rice, mushrooms, garlic, onions along side a bit of cottage cheese and sour cream and Parmesan for texture and creaminess.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples
Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples - October 29, 2008

Shredded brussels sprout ribbons, apples, garlic, pine nuts, and tofu in a skillet with a hint of maple syrup.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad
Roasted Pumpkin Salad - October 14, 2008

A roasted pumpkin salad made with wild rice, tiny, caramelized red onions drizzled with a simple, honey-kissed, creamy sunflower seed dressing. A colorful harvest salad perfect for Fall festivities.

Broccoli Crunch
Broccoli Crunch - October 5, 2008

A great broccoli recipe, one of my favorites! Tiny green florets, crisp apples, crunchy shallots, candied nuts and slivered red onions are tossed in a barely sweet, creamy almond vinaigrette. Add baked tofu or pan-fried tempeh and you can easily turn this side into a main course.