Arugula Pecan Pesto

Arugula is a tricky beast. It’s got a bit of a sharp flavor that can be overwhelming. But if I find  some other element to mellow it out it can be really delicious. I made a fairly standard pesto using arugula instead of basil and pecans instead of pine nuts: 3 C arugula, packed 1-2 … Continue reading

Okra Bacon Mac and Cheese

This dish originated one night when I was asking my husband what I was going to do with all the okra we got last summer.  He shrugged and said “I don’t know…okra…bacon is good…mac and cheese is good.  How about okra bacon mac and cheese?”  I laughed at the ridiculousness of that suggestion and then … Continue reading

Quick Pasta Adaptations

There are a couple of pasta recipes I use over and over. They’re great for using up some of the core CSA ingredients – onions, garlic (there is nothing better than CSA garlic), tomatoes, and spinach or other greens. I adapt a lot of recipes from CookingLight.com. Interestingly, a core component of these recipes is … Continue reading

Summer Bounty Bolognese

I tried the sauce recipe included in this gnocchi recipe the other day. It’s a bolognese made with ground pork. What’s awesome about it (besides the pork because I love some pork) is that it uses the holy trinity of the summer CSA: onions, peppers, and tomatoes. It also calls for basil and parsley, but … Continue reading

Food, glorious food

I’m happy to report that the long cooking drought is over. We even made fish stew last night, and the lingering smell in the kitchen doesn’t make me ill! During the first oh, 13 weeks of pregnancy I cooked maybe once a week. And I had this bad habit of forgetting key ingredients like oil … Continue reading

Belated Update

A few weeks ago David and I took a short vacation in the hill country. We stayed at a farm near Blanco, called Juniper Hills Farm. It was just what we needed – remote, peaceful, quiet, packed with plants and wildlife (there was a bird convention out our window) and included tasty baked goods. The … Continue reading

1001 Uses for Squash

We’re drowning in squash. A few months ago we decided to get a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription. What this means is once I week I go pick up a big box of fresh veggies, and some fresh eggs. This has created all sorts of interesting culinary challenges. Mostly, how do two people eat several … Continue reading