Time to Harvest — Part 2: Sweet Pepper-Pine Nut Spread

I LOVE sweet peppers. We have a variety of hot things growing in our garden right now, and a few small sweet items as well. But I wanted more—enough to make a healthy batch of this rich pepper spread. So I visited Old Town Farm in Albuquerque where customers pick their own. Rows and rows […]

Lao Jaeow Night (with Deviations)

Maybe you’ve had a night like this: You head to a friend’s with plans to cook. You bring recipes and garlic, chiles and limes, an ungodly heavy mortar and pestle—all stuffed into a pack. And when you walk through her door, you begin to unwind. Wine is poured and music played. Cheese and olives are […]

Easy Mashed

I haven’t had time to cook lately. I haven’t had time for anything, aside from ceaseless house projects. Every bit of digging unveils another distressing issue. E.g., a substantial pile of mouse droppings behind the old kitchen cabinets—not desirable in the state where hantavirus first surfaced in 1993 (incidentally, I had a reporting internship at […]