Pasta primavera with smoked gouda + cauliflower cream.

The photography of my artist friend, the talented and hugely awesome Johnny Tang, was selected for this year’s Mass Art Live Auction, and this past week I accompanied him to the opening reception celebration. Johnny’s work — particularly his “World of One” series — has a real verve to it. It’s beautiful and strange and […]

Falafel, reimagined.

Let’s face it. I could, at all times, be eating something. Especially falafel. In fact, if I could be in a constant state of eating falafel, I would be. It’s so good, right? So balanced in so many good ways¬† — the smoky with the snappy, the fresh with the flagged, the light with the […]

Simple garden hash with poached eggs.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, every summer when I was growing up, my father grew a vegetable garden. I used to watch him early each spring (all suited up in ridiculous white overalls) pull the rototiller out of the garage and wheel it to our side yard. For hours, he’d till the soil until […]

Crustless spinach + cheddar quiche.

The very first time that I decided to bake a quiche, my ingredient and methodology requirements were very different from what they are today. What do I mean? I was looking to make myself a dinner that was a) vegetarian, b) on-the-cheap, c) composed of ingredients that I could readily identify and locate in a […]

Overnight oats with coconut, almond, and cacao.

If you had been in my kitchen at 6 o’clock this morning, you might have seen me sneak in in my socks, pull down a tub of shredded coconut from my cupboard, and go at it with a spoon for a minute or two (or ten). This is the kind of thing that I do […]

Braised fennel wedges with saffron and tomato.

I’m in love with a cookbook. As I dished the other day, my beautiful copy of Deborah Madison’s Vegetable Literacy arrived last week. Normally, I read cookbooks like I read magazines. I flip through the pages, look at the pictures, bookmark a couple things that catch my eye, and then I move on. This one, […]

A salad for spring.

Guys. It’s here. It’s happened. It’s spring! Well, sort of. You see, I woke up yesterday morning to this great mess: Yep, Cambridge, once again, all frosty and white, slushy and miserable. I was determined to make the best of it and, despite the snow not magically turning into daffodils at the stroke of midnight […]

A quick and simple black bean soup.

As a kid, beans didn’t make many appearances on my family’s dinner table. On occasion, my father would request a can of barbecue baked beans with his hotdogs, but, apart from those rare instances, I can’t remember eating a single home-cooked bean. Even when, as a young teenager, I cut meat from my diet, beans […]

Zucchini: A manifesto.

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that, when it comes to be in season, it comes to be very much in season. For this reason (among others), it is our bad luck that it’s not currently July. But, no matter. When I want zucchini, I find a way to eat zucchini. Thank you very much.

Overnight oats with chia, pumpkin, and cacao.

I have a tendency to be a little big-hearted about things. A little fixed. A little passionate. My family has always called it “opinionated,” which I have come to learn (through my interaction with people who aren’t required to love me, as my family is so required) is really a vehemence, a rabid and furious […]