roasted eggplant salad

Solanum. Have you heard of it? No, it’s not a little-known X-Men villain nor a roller coaster at Cedar Point nor the title of the next James Bond movie. It’s actually something much more thrilling: a far-reaching and incredibly important genus of flowering plants, as well as the undisputed queen of late summer produce. Three titans…

farmers’ market summer salad

It’s hot out there, folks — too hot for rambling preludes, so let’s get right to it. This summer salad is a slightly modified version of the one in Sara Forte’s lovely cookbook, Bowl + Spoon (in case you missed it, this recipe came from the same source). I’m calling it a farmers’ market salad because the three…

mediterranean skillet pizza

The only excuse I will give for my inexcusable five-month hiatus from the Sprout Diaries is two small words: grad student. It’s a busy lifestyle, folks — one that I’m enjoying immensely but one that leaves little time (or brain power) for the finer things in life, like taking extra long to cook a meal…

roasted spaghetti squash with kale

Listen now to the story of spaghetti squash. In the early 20th century, the brilliantly yellow, oblong vegetable we now know as spaghetti squash (or vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash or squaghetti, if you’re into portmanteaus) made its timid debut on the American produce scene. As is often the case with prodigies, the spaghetti squash was not immediately understood nor accepted…

mediterranean pasta salad

Funny how time moves fast and slow. Seen one way, this winter has been one of the longest in memory. Even though New Yorkers really can’t complain compared to the Arctic freeze Midwesterners have endured since January, it hasn’t exactly been a walk in Central Park here, either. The smattering of blue-skied, jean-jacket days that…