Here we are, in the midst of the snowpacalypse, and my patience for winter is running out. I’ve been dreaming of warm, sunny places where it doesn’t snow 24″ every other month. I’ve been eating marmalade out of the jar and downing tropical fruit left and right, but clearly, it was time to step it [...]
Last week I tried to make my favorite yellow split pea dal in my crockpot. It was an utter FAIL. Really and truly nasty—by the time the peas were finally edible (sort of), they had turned a disgusting brownish green color, which is why I’m skipping the photo. However, dear readers, I want to spare [...]
Pipian is a rich, thick kind of green mole—the wonderful sauces that play starring roles in real Mexican food. In Oaxaca, they just call it “mole verde,” but in Puebla, it’s “pipian.” When Americans see “mole,” they usually think of the dark brown version with chiles and a touch of chocolate. While still rich, this [...]
Remember the only-slightly-weird sweet pepper salsa that I canned back at the beginning of September? It’s really not bad—but since it does taste more like gazpacho than true salsa, I couldn’t quite imagine putting it on chips. Hmmm, I thought. What goes well with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and vinegar? Actually: a lot. You could probably [...]
Have you been wondering what I’m going to do with all that stuff I canned and froze this summer? Me, too! In honor of this problem, and my basement full of food, we have a new category of post: Stuff made from preserved foods. We inaugurate this category with a messy throwback: meatballs. Mmmmmm. Meatballs.
The Poles know how to do their pork and cabbage right. I’m totally sold on bigos, a Polish hunter’s stew based on either cabbage or sauerkraut and as many kinds of pork as you can get your hands on. My version hit the pork trifecta: bacon, sausage, and pork shoulder (in the form of pork [...]
Oh, my little crock-pot, I owe you a sincere apology. I abused your smaller siblings for art projects involving mean paraffin and cruel crayons while wholly neglecting your culinary talents. You’ve festered in back shelves, closets and dark, dark basements while I hopped around in the kitchen above with saucepans, skillets and stockpots. I’ve pawned [...]
I have a lot of apples. Every week since September, our CSA has given us at least 3 pounds. Then we stick them in the crisper and promptly forget about them. Eventually, I remember, and then I make applesauce. The beauty of applesauce is that it both cans and freezes well, keeps for at least [...]