hakuna matata frittata + a brand new niece

Two Sundays ago, I found myself in a predicament: while my body remained in Bloomington, Indiana, my mind and heart were five hours north, in Milwaukee, where my baby niece had begun her long and laborious entrance into the world. My sister Annie had called, briefly, the evening before, to report, between deep and careful breaths,…

goat cheese polenta with garlicky mushrooms & kale

Polenta is like Carmen Sandiego, that elusive and trench coated criminal mastermind who bamboozled every 90s kid with a computer. Just like Carmen, polenta is a tricky one to track down. I spent a good twenty minutes in Kroger earlier this week, ping pong-ing between the baking aisle, the pasta aisle and the breakfast cereals shelf, but…

lentils & rice with caramelized onions & mushrooms

Many New Yorkers may wake up this morning, take one look  at the snowy yet calm street scenes outside their windows, and promptly curse the meteorologists, the journalists and the mayor who whipped the city into a panic yesterday over the unstoppable advance of a “historic and crippling blizzard” that never actually arrived. Sure, the stoops of the brownstones have all…

mushroom risotto a la michelle

I love to cook. I love to blog. I love to be with the people I love. And last month, my dear friend and housemate Michelle figured out a way to combine all three of these loves into one amazing birthday present. She offered to teach me how to make mushroom risotto, one of her…

black bean & swiss chard enchiladas

Last weekend, I buzzed over to the west side of the state to spend a brief but wonderful couple days at home. Of course I love Ann Arbor (yes, even now with the city crawling with Art Fair visitors and the streets congested with booths), but really nothing can beat a return to one’s hometown….