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Recipe: Best. Breakfast. Ever.

The first time I had strata I was in a vacation house with close friends and hungover. I had no idea what I was in for. When I dug into the rich, comforty goodness, I knew I had come home, my perfect brunch food had been found. Like a warm fuzzy blanket that reaches in and […]

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Recipe: Hearty Beet Gazpacho

Adapted From Martha Rose Shulman, NYT Cooking Serves 6 (1st course) INGREDIENTS 2 slices red or white onion 1 large beet (about 6 ounces), roasted 1 small (6 ounces) cucumber or 1/2 long European cucumber* and coarsely chopped 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, quartered 2 sticks celery, coarsely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, still in skin 1 slice of good, hearty bread, cubed 1 tablespoons sherry vinegar, plus a little extra for the onion […]

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Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding

I cannot tell you how much I love bread pudding. For me, the traditional version brings together some of my favorite, comforting elements: bready carbs, light sweetness, heady creaminess. I love it when you get a bite that’s slightly crunchy, slightly caramelized, and entirely scrumptious. The only things that could make it better are: chocolate, booze […]

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Recipe: Your Daily Bread

Adapted from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007). Discover more wonderful bread and pizza recipes by them at Breadin5.com 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt 6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough Cornmeal (optional) 1.  In a large bowl […]

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Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki

I’ve decided that this summer, since we have a house with a spacious kitchen and no social life, I’m going to try at least two new recipes per week. Last week it was chicken souvlaki. This is not something I’d order in a restaurant, I just liked the idea of grilled meat and yogurt sauce. (And […]

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Recipe: Kitchari Comfort Food

All of a sudden kitchari appeared. We had never heard of it before and then it was everywhere. A staple, Ayurvedic comfort food, kitchari, also called khichdi, is used to ease the stomach and cleanse the intestinal tract. Lucky for us it came into our world just as we were about to embark on a […]

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Recipe: Ms. Kray Kray’s Pecan Pie

I know I shouldn’t be doing this. Even though I cut the sugar quite a bit, we Americans already eat waaaaay too many sweets. And, I’m pretty sure dessert does not need the extra pub. The thing is… this pie is so f’ing amazing – it is, quite literally, a stunner. I made it several times […]

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Recipe: Julie’s Ricotta Pancakes

Yes! This is the recipe you’ve all been waiting for from Julie at River Run Farm & Pottery! I have to confess, she sent this a while ago but I have yet to become the up-to-date little webmistress I ought to be. Apologies! Also, VERY IMPORTANT! see below for super easy instructions to make your […]

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Recipe: JC-Approved Gluten-Free Quinoa Burgers

We are currently about 60 minutes south-east of Nashville at Yellow Bird, a lovely “art farm” in the process of becoming a retreat center. Yes, exactly, it is right up our alley! David Wood, the director of Yellow Bird is a vegetarian and crafted such wonderful meals the first few days that JC made nary a […]

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Recipe: Lei-Lani’s WIP Chick Pea Salad

Forgive the lengthy preamble, but I must set the stage… Yesterday, the lovely Anne Sutton, mother of our dear friend Emily James, wondered what we missed most after being on the road for 11 weeks. “Our friends” was our first answer. “Cooking” ran a distant second. I don’t want to wax long and sappily about […]

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