Growing up split between my hispanic family in New Mexico and my Swedish family in Sweden, food more than anything communicates to me where I am and, for that matter, who I am. My father is a tall blue-eyed and blonde-haired Swede, and has always taken pride in teaching me about Swedish traditions and history….
Rock your next very-adult dinner party AND indulge your inner kid: Super Easy Chocolate Ganache Cake with Marshmallow Meringue!
This rich, decadent chocolate cake is offset by a simple, light and fluffy swiss meringue topping that is a showstopper. The cake batter comes together in just two minutes using one bowl, and the meringue is quick to make while the cake bakes. Feel free to add a few tablespoons of espresso, frangelico, amaretto, or…
Ugly Carrot + Tangerine + Mango Lassi with Cardamom: Root rejects and what to do with them
I’ve never been known to be mean to vegetables, but… today’s the day. I dug up the last of my spring carrots, which had grown vibrant, luxurious greens while snuggling alongside lush chard and kale, gently growing to maturity in a beautiful bed of compost and soil for the last three months. All signs (above…
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A sticky, finger-licking post: wild Maine blueberry pie jam
This is blueberry pie in a jam jar! Note the emphasis on blueberry pie: three staged additions of berries along with butter and lemon in this jam will transform toast, yogurt, or any dessert into a sumptuously blue treat. For the month of September, I’ve had the luck to work in the emergency department in Portland, Maine….
A long time coming: meet my hens!
Having kept chickens for almost ten years, I’ve found that three or four hens is the right number for me for a number of reasons. From Spring to Fall, when egg-laying is at its peak, the ladies lay about three eggs a day. This is far too many for me alone, but a good number to be…
Biscuits on a whole new level
These biscuits are delicious as is, and they also freeze well and adapt to different additions of spices, herbs and other flavorings. Morning or evening, these are gobbled up quickly, especially when seasoned with fresh herbs and lots of black pepper and topped with gravy, or scented with lemon zest and served with coconut yogurt and fresh…
Golden milk tea: a feel-good, anti-inflammatory cure-all
This golden milk tea is near and dear to my heart. Several loved ones who have had injuries, winter chills, stomach bugs, cancer diagnoses, or simply wanted to cut back on drinking alcohol in the evening have begun enjoying the benefits of this comforting tea. The vibrant brew tastes like a fragrant, full-flavored chai without the black tea….
A fancy breakfast this cold December morning
After a busy week, one of my favorite ways to begin the weekend is to explore what’s new in the garden with a cup of coffee as I decide what to make for breakfast. Last week, I found that my celery and chard had gone to seed. And with the unseasonably wet and warm autumn, dozens…