Peach Ginger Cocktail

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Posted on July 17th, 2014

This simple cocktail tastes just like summer. And if you’re into this sort of thing, you can swap out the peach with any other fresh fruit, try lemon instead of lime, or add in fresh herbs like rosemary or lavender. Happy summer!

Summer Reading Picks

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Posted on June 4th, 2014

Summertime is the right time for picnics and reading in the park. When the temperature starts rising and the fridge fills up with greens, I know it’s time to find a quick read and a shady spot to lounge in. In the spirit of short, seasonal adventures, here are some things I’ve read recently that put a smile on my face (and made me hungry too).

The Mental Health Cookbook

Mental Health Cookbook Cover

This smart and charming little zine from H. Finn Cunningham includes recipes, musings, and instructions for a happier and healthier life. Learn how to make tea, ferment vegetables, nurture a garden, work with edible flowers, and lots more. Here’s a brief excerpt:

This isn’t really a cookbook. But I like to imagine it as one anyways. A little book full of recipes and instructions for you to alter at will. Take what you want. Pick and choose. Start anywhere you’d like. Pass it along. Get the pages dirty. Improvise.

That’s the spirit! I love this little food zine, and it’s only $8.60 with shipping.

Written Together: A Story of Beginnings in the Kitchen and Beyond

Written Together by Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon runs Food Loves Writing, a blog where she celebrates simple ingredients, finding her voice, and cooking at home. Written Together, her mini-food-memoir-slash-love-story, tells the speedy tale of meeting and marrying her husband. The Kindle edition is $4.99 and includes family recipes with each chapter.

On the topic of blogging and writing, she says: “When you open up and someone else gives you their ear, you’re participating in one of the oldest traditions of all time: You’re building friendships. You’re practicing love.” Shanna has a new full-length cookbook coming out soon too! Check out her writing series for interviews and more inspiration.

The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink

The Hungry Ear, edited by Kevin Young

Kevin Young edited this delightful anthology of poems about food and drink. With pieces from Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Joy Harjo, Wendell Berry, Sylvia Plath, Jack Gilbert, and others, this collection is worth every penny. (It’s about $18 online, or $25 list.) The poems are arranged into groups by season and threaded together by themes. And since the book is masterfully typeset and designed, The Hungry Ear makes a wonderful gift too.

Smoky Poblano and White Corn Soup

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Posted on May 30th, 2014

Before I learned that I’m allergic to dairy, I fell in love with this incredible smoked goat cheddar. This soup started as an effort to justify that cheese habit with a healthy dose of vegetables, but you honestly don’t need the cheese. The soup is good enough without it.

The base is simple and versatile; I switch up the ingredients and the heat levels to suit my mood and the season. In the summer, it works beautifully with fresh corn and roasted poblanos as it is here. In the winter, it’s brimming with smoky chipotle flavors, black beans, chicken stock, and sweet potatoes or squash. You could try adding carrots, brown rice, or chicken too. It’s a delicious framework to play around with. The smokiness of the peppers with the acidity of the tomatoes is enough to keep me coming back for more.

Ginger Lemon Apple Cider

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Posted on December 24th, 2013

I am in love with the ridiculously gingery apple cider at Outerlands in San Francisco. But I don’t live in San Francisco anymore. I live 2,900 miles away. Womp womp.

Luckily, cider’s super easy to make! So here’s what I do when I’m craving it. Quick and therapeutic—and so delicious on a cold day. Happy holidays.

A Recipe for Experimentation

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Posted on August 5th, 2013

“Am I earth? Or am I sulfur?” I overheard this while at a dinner party.

People were laughing. I didn’t get what they were talking about. A friend held a book in her outstretched arms, turning it around and around like a steering wheel, while the others pointed at various parts of a pie-chart-like circle on the front endpaper of the book.

flavor wheel dutch

“I’m definitely citrus,” one person said. “Or fresh fruit,” another replied. I started to recognize the categories. Over the past few weeks, this book had become both essential to my cooking and my favorite bedtime literature.

Potato Soup for Sick Days

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Posted on April 7th, 2013

My fiancé and I got the flu on Wednesday night. By Thursday afternoon, I was feeling hungry enough to gather up a few basic ingredients and hazily make this soup. It’s a variation on what my mom used to make when I was a little girl, minus all her flair and all the dairy.

If we had had bacon in the fridge, I would have put some on top, but it really doesn’t need it. You could also use leeks or spring onions. I’ve definitely made this in the past with cheese and broccoli. As it is, it’s a delicious vegan potato soup that’s slurp-worthy, unfussy, and warms up easily when you’re under the weather.