mango slaw with crispy chickpeas

I never felt one way or the other about coleslaw. There it sat at class picnics or family barbecues — the store-bought kind, inevitably, wilting somewhat in the July sun, no one quite sure who brought it and no one quite sure what to do with the leftovers at the end of the afternoon. I…

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….

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,…

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…

stuffed shells with roasted red pepper, eggplant & zucchini

I have bad news and good news. The bad news is: I don’t have any finished-product photos of this delectable stuffed shells recipe to share with you. Instead, these pre-oven shots will have to suffice (try using your imagination to slather the dish in bubbling-hot melted mozzarella — see how great that looks!?). The good news is:…

lemony garlic kale salad

“In March, the earth remembers its own name.” So begins “Worm Moon” by Mary Oliver, the greatest poet to ever remark on the changing seasons. Here in New York, the earth is slowly, timidly beginning to rediscover itself. The sky — brighter and bluer at seven in the morning than it has been in months —…

avocado mango salsa

You probably know this, but it’s hot outside. It’s the kind of hot that even if there are interesting things going on in your life or in your friend’s life or in the news or in the TV series you’re currently hooked on, the first and only topic you can think to talk about is…

ratatouille

I hate to say it but this recipe, a true late summer showstopper, may be coming at you a little late in the season–that is, if you’re reading this post from a state that is or is like Michigan. But here on the island of Corsica, the time is now for finding vegetable treasures like…