caribbean stew + baked jerk tofu + coconut rice

Just before the new semester stretched and yawned and rolled itself out of bed, my old friend Michelle (of mushroom risotto fame) read my tarot cards. The first of the five-card spread seemed rather ominous: “DEATH,” read the card, above a painting of a wilting rose. Rough start. Michelle, however, was quick to allay my fears….

carrot & chana dal hotpot

Ahlan wa sahlan, shabaab! Life update: I’m six days into a summer-long intensive Arabic course, and already I’m dreaming in Arabic (OK, so they’re more like stress dreams about the next vocab quiz, but I’m hoping that my dream-self will start speaking shaami any night now). In addition to four hours of class time plus three…

peanut & sweet potato stew

Somehow, it’s November. Where did October go? It flew by in a whirl of work and rest, weekend visitors and grad school applications, Community binge-ing, Halloween party hosting, and reading Crime and Punishment on the train. Did I drink enough apple cider? Did I eat enough pumpkin donuts? Did I spend enough time admiring those crisp…

moroccan red lentil stew

Much has happened since my last post more than a month ago. I spent two weeks home in Michigan (and survived the polar vortex). I spent a weekend in Milwaukee and another in Philadelphia. I saw a lot of old friends and a lot of new movies. And now, back home in Brooklyn, life has…

beet burgers

Two weeks ago–after traveling many miles, seeing many new cities, and eating (and drinking) many, many delicious things–I returned home to the Midwest. Home to perfect spring weather and explosive flowering trees. Home to the reopening of farmers’ markets and to tasty local beer (congratulations, Grand Rapids!). Home to catching up with friends, to moving…

spring vegetable pot pie

Spring can be sunshine and sundresses and walks through Ann Arbor’s peony garden. Spring can also be rainy and dreary and what-the-heck-I-thought-it-was-May. On days like the latter, you may want to cook up a pot pie to warm up your insides and pass the time while you wait for the sun to reappear. This pot…

radish & cucumber sandwiches with gingery cream cheese

At last! Michigan is settling into springtime, and I know your social calendar is filling up with garden parties. (I’ve actually never been to a garden party, but I love the image these two words invoke: parasols, tea cups, strolls among the rose bushes, etc.) If you are one of the lucky ones with a garden party…