Time to Harvest – Part 1: Ratatouille

Time—it’s fleeing! And I can’t catch it. That’s the way I feel lately. And I’ve been thinking a lot about this, about the way time expands and contracts depending on who we are, where we are and what we’re doing. Our perceptions of time depend on all the factors that define us as individuals. (There’s […]

On Gardens Near & Far. And Summer Squash Soup.

A Danu girl sorts through her family’s home-grown tomatoes in Shan State, Myanmar. Hello there. It’s been a while. I apologize for my absence from this space—not that I’ve forgotten it, or you. It’s been on my mind a lot in the last many weeks. But you know how life takes us in multiple directions […]

Waiting for Baby

It’s early, just as the sun begins to creep across the neighbor’s field and in through our bedroom window. We get the call. It’s time. At least we think it’s time. We thought it was time last night, when we drove north then east to care for a 3-year-old niece while her Mommy and Daddy […]

The Peanut Butter Accident

I believe this is how many memorable recipes are born—of accident, of unintended consequences. As you might know, we received a tajine for Christmas, and I’ve had great fun concocting new dishes. We did well with lamb, apricots, prunes and almonds. We didn’t do so well with chorizo and chickpeas (it wasn’t bad, just not […]

New Year’s Buckwheat Breakfast Galettes (Gluten-Free!)

Not every meal can be as rich as this. But most days, the things we eat carry their own stories. Here’s to a New Year filled with good foods and the conversations around them. This is how we started Christmas Day: with a mound of gluten-free buckwheat galettes filled with olives, prosciutto, gruyere, onions, rosemary […]

Gratitude: A Work in Progress

Thanksgiving Day brunch bread made with the Good Food Store’s gluten-free mix (sold in bulk), topped with drunken tangerines swimming in honey, Amish butter and week-old Rex-Goliath Chardonnay saved for cooking. More often than not, Thanksgiving catches us mid-stream, mid-life. We have spent far more Thanksgivings away from home than in our own kitchen. In […]

Bahston Chowdah! A Gluten-Free Seafood Odyssey

Boston I’m an amphibian in the desert. I’m always drawn to water. I love fish. But I don’t get much of either in Colorado or New Mexico. Occasionally I’ll treat myself to a piece of wild Alaskan salmon or a frozen package of some sustainable specimen that gets the Monterey Bay Aquarium OK. But mostly, […]

Thanksgiving Nibbles

I’m getting a head start, but I fear I made these pecans a bit too early. They won’t last until Thursday. I do believe these are the liveliest pecans I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t keep them out of my mouth or my husband’s claws. I came across the recipe for Candied Chile Pecans a […]

Burmese Tea Leaf Salad

The latest edition of AFAR is on sale, and inside you will find our feature on the Burmese pickled tea leaf salad known as laphet thote. This is such an exuberant dish with hot, tangy, bitter, salty flavors that tingle every little nook of the mouth. If you’ve never had the opportunity to try laphet […]

Green Tomato Mania

We’re having stellar days in the 70s but frosty nights in the 30s. It’s the end of the garden as we knew it. Onions, arugula, sage, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme—they’re fine, for now. But the tomato and pepper plants have shriveled and browned. I made a quick dash to pick every last tomato I could […]