Pay someone else to cook for you (gasp!)

Posted on Jul 22, 2016
Pay someone else to cook for you (gasp!)

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 “Foodie 40″ issue of Buffalo Spree Magazine.  Anyone who has tried to eat fresh, homecooked meals can vouch for the amount of time it takes to plan, poke through recipes, shop for ingredients, then chop, stir, and cook up a week’s worth of breakfast, lunches, snacks, and […]

DIY fruit on the bottom

Posted on Jan 4, 2015
DIY fruit on the bottom

I’m the kind of woman who becomes a whirling dervish of organization on January 1. Christmas is over, it’s time to undecorate, my energy is restored from some good ass-sitting at Christmas, and damn – there’s usually a lot of extraneous shit and mung all over this house from our busiest work months of the […]

Surviving salad season

Posted on Jun 9, 2014
Surviving salad season

If you have a CSA share, a garden, or both (if you’ve lost your mind like me), you may be eyeballing your harvest and asking yourself, “What the hell am I going to do with all this lettuce?!” Even though just three short months ago we dreamed of the tender green leaves of arugula, spinach, […]

What’s in a name?

Posted on Mar 16, 2014
What’s in a name?

We don’t have leftovers. We have tapas, bento bowls, cold plates, and sampling menus. Sure, the ingredients are mostly small servings of “leftovers” that would be insufficient or strange as a full meal (four spears of asparagus, lunchmeat, half a can of cannellini beans, and a hardboiled egg, for instance). But when you look at […]

A big cook

Posted on Nov 12, 2011
A big cook

Every week my kitchen gets taken over by what I call “a big cook.” That is, I turn on some music, pour a glass of wine, and make a whole bunch of dishes at the same time. The concept occurred to me about seven years ago when my husband and I found ourselves buying more restaurant lunches and dinners as our workdays grew longer at the advertising agency, which got expensive and unhealthy pretty quickly. I’d rush home late from work to try and make dinner and the next day’s lunches, then find myself sitting down to dinner at 10 p.m.

Good food ain’t cheap

Posted on Nov 11, 2011
Good food ain’t cheap

Or if it is good and cheap, it ain’t easy. Or organic. Or good for you. Or from around here. That’s a giant blanket statement; let me revise. It’s exceedingly difficult to buy and prepare meals that satisfy most or all of the following important tenets: affordable, tasty, quick, healthy (which encompasses nutrition, saturated fats, […]