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,…

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…

less-is-more marinara

There are many, many things that are better bought than made by hand. I’d put cheese in that category, along with baguettes, peanut butter, and most condiments (though I respect people who make their own mustard). If we’re talking non-foods, I’d rather buy than DIY my soaps, candles, and pants — but I’m sure there…

lemony basil summer squash pasta

Before moving to Atlanta for the summer, I knew very little about the city, despite my parents having lived here for nearly a year. That said, the little I did know has quickly shown itself to be true. Yes, the traffic is mind-boggling bad, to the point where you plan your day around not being on the road between…

chevre on baguette: three ways

My super-talented artist-sister-friend Liz had an exhibition of her wood block prints this spring that she called, “You are not leaving. You are arriving.” Ever since hearing about the show, those two sentences — “You are not leaving. You are arriving.” — have been echoing around my brain, a gentle and hopeful reminder that change…

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…

a tomato sandwich

This is not so much a recipe as it is a reminder. A reminder that if you have a farmer’s market nearby and two legs to take you there, I challenge you to get to it ASAP. Because I guarantee your market, like mine, is offering a whole wonderful world of giant juicy jewel-toned tomatoes…

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…

garlic scape pesto + pesto pizza sandwich

You know how there are those movies that everyone loves that are actually based on an earlier movie, but no one knows about the first movie, and you have to try to defend the little-known original even though it may look a little funky (it was made in the 80s after all) and has actors…