needs more salt

A big skillet of wilted radicchio and most of a bunch of parsley, stems and all. Much more important is the tin of meaty, fresh-tasting, funky Don Bocarte spanish anchovies — purchased at T's recommendation, so expensive but so worth it — that we ate with toast, coins of hardboiled egg, and Frankie's olive oil. December 13, 2013

A big skillet of wilted radicchio and most of a bunch of parsley, stems and all. Much more important is the tin of meaty, fresh-tasting, funky Don Bocarte spanish anchovies — purchased at T's recommendation, so expensive but so worth it — that we ate with toast, coins of hardboiled egg, and Frankie's olive oil.

December 13, 2013

My first try at my mother’s Iranian baghlava — from blanching and grinding almonds to scoring the diamonds of just-baked pastry — intended for the Serious Eats cookie swap. They were a hit! December 8, 2013

My first try at my mother’s Iranian baghlava — from blanching and grinding almonds to scoring the diamonds of just-baked pastry — intended for the Serious Eats cookie swap. They were a hit!

December 8, 2013

You bet those breakfast corn muffins are from a mix. Their sweetness — why do I never make my cornbread sweet? — was perfect against the salted butter and honey we spread on them.December 8, 2013

You bet those breakfast corn muffins are from a mix. Their sweetness — why do I never make my cornbread sweet? — was perfect against the salted butter and honey we spread on them.

December 8, 2013

Woke up with a fever, made this red lentil soup with cumin, tomato paste, and lemon to help fix it. December 7, 2013

Woke up with a fever, made this red lentil soup with cumin, tomato paste, and lemon to help fix it.

December 7, 2013

After receiving a fully-prepped porchetta from Twitter (oh, what a phrase), I invited E and L and M and K and J and M over to help JMM and I eat it. And eat we did: in addition to the porchetta, we served a truly ridiculous quantity of (gluten free!) chex mix, polenta, my favorite garlicky slow-sauteed zucchini, white beans with radicchio and balsamic, a salad with arugula, tons of shaved fennel, lemon, and lucques olives, and chocolate-ginger-pomegranate bark for dessert.

December 6, 2013

Chocolate chip cookie Pangaea! (We keep forgetting to buy more parchment paper and using foil instead is throwing off my cookie game.)December 4, 2013

Chocolate chip cookie Pangaea! (We keep forgetting to buy more parchment paper and using foil instead is throwing off my cookie game.)

December 4, 2013

Shortly before leaving work, I gchatted JMM “hm, the only food we have really is potatoes and onions and buttermilk. let’s have miso soup and mashed potatoes for dinner?” And thus, we had buttermilk mashed potatoes and instant miso soup for dinner.December 3, 2013

Shortly before leaving work, I gchatted JMM “hm, the only food we have really is potatoes and onions and buttermilk. let’s have miso soup and mashed potatoes for dinner?” And thus, we had buttermilk mashed potatoes and instant miso soup for dinner.

December 3, 2013

Parmesan-y pastina (a bowl-sized constellation of pasta stars!) that we topped with a skillet’s worth of sauteed fennel and sausage.December 2, 2013

Parmesan-y pastina (a bowl-sized constellation of pasta stars!) that we topped with a skillet’s worth of sauteed fennel and sausage.

December 2, 2013

Always fascinated by food in packets, we bought a box of “instant mentaiko pasta” seasoning at the local Japanese market. It’s GOOD: you boil your own pasta and then toss it with the gooey pink cod-roe-plus-probably-many-processed-ingredients packet, then top it with a packet of nori shreds.

We were still hungry afterward, though, so I pulled out a bowl and a grater and made a quick French-style carrot salad with dijon mustard, vinegar, and olive oil that we shared in the same plate as the pasta.

November 30, 2013

Alone for dinner, I make a meal that only an NSH could love: a fat shredded beet pancake, slowly cooked first on the stovetop and then in the oven, a fried egg, and a little salad of cucumber slices tossed with a bit of buttermilk.November 29, 2013

Alone for dinner, I make a meal that only an NSH could love: a fat shredded beet pancake, slowly cooked first on the stovetop and then in the oven, a fried egg, and a little salad of cucumber slices tossed with a bit of buttermilk.

November 29, 2013