Pickled Red Onion (4 of 5)

Pickled Red Onions

Sometimes I forgot that the steps in most recipes are suggestions rather than rules. The recipe seems so authoritative that I ignore all the ways the dish could more flavorful, or steps that can be abbreviated. I don’t question the necessity of steps or ingredients that don’t enough to justify the added difficulty. I forget…

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Rajas

Hey there, it’s been a while Summer is the hardest time for blogging, at least for me. Maybe it’s because there’s a lot going on between June and August – more midweek Frisbee games, more barbecues/weddings/events in general, more impromptu hanging out on a sunny day. Maybe it’s also because in the summer I’m lazy…

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Green Chili (6 of 7)

Green Chili

Some recipes just don’t work out. This is especially true when the recipe is one you are making up on the spot, cobbling together from multiple sources. Sometimes it’s a total flop, the kind that can only be dumped in the garbage before ordering takeout. Too much salt, ingredients-gone-bad, poorly calibrated baking experiments. But most…

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Tomatillo Salsa (9 of 10)

Tomatillo Salsa

Around here, there are more taquerias than you can shake a stick at. You can walk almost any direction from my front door and hit at least one within 10 minutes, either a traditional brick and mortar or one of the many taco trucks that set up shop in the neighborhood. People choose favorites based…

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Roast Pork and Apples (7 of 9)

Roast Pork and Apples

I don’t go in much for adventure cooking. The dishes with too many steps or too many fancy ingredients rarely happen here. My mom had a rule when it came to cooking – if the recipe went onto the second page, she wasn’t going to make it. It’s a rule I’ve mostly adopted in my…

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Corned Beef Hash (8 of 11)

Corned Beef Hash

I don’t have much experience with green beer. This despite the fact that my home state of Massachusetts is also home to many Irish-Americans who celebrate their heritage proudly. This inexperience with Irish foods also extends to soda breads, potato and cabbage dishes, and Irish stew. In fact, the only Irish food I really know…

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Chicken Pot Pie (7 of 8)

Chicken Pot Pie

There is a weird food holiday pretty much every day of the year if you pay attention to those sorts of things. Which, to be honest, I do only about half of the time. There’s a margarita day, a watermelon day, even a day in honor of creamsicles. But, as I believe we established here…

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Bacon Onion Guyere Soup (10 of 10)

Bacon, Onion, and Gruyere Soup

Several months ago I whipped up an amazingly rich and decadent bacon, onion, and gruyere tart from one of my favorite fancy-cooking cookbooks. Sheets of puff pastry topped with a cheese-laced bechamel sauce, crispy lardons of bacon, onions that had turned sweet and melting in the heat. It was gooey and buttery and flakey .The…

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Puttanesca Sauce

When it comes to comforting meals, a bowl of pasta hits pretty high up on the list. But I’ve realized that the real joy is not the noodles – unless they’re homemade in which case, stand back – it’s the sauce. I will eat good homemade pasta sauce with a spoon. And by “good” and…

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Braised Sausage and Cabbage

Let’s get something straight about winter eating: I am not a fan of braising. Many people wax lyrical about how delicious braised food is and they can’t wait for winter so they can braise some more. I am not one of those people. So you may find yourself asking why I’m trying to sell you…

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