Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Meatless Monday
You may remember me humble bragging about the potluck dinner I attended at Dana Cowin’s apartment last fall. It was a crazy honor to be included in the evening and to meet some of my cookbook idols (like Deb of Smitten Kitchen) in the process.
Over the course of the evening, we each had to share a story about a kitchen mistake and how we rectified it in the form of our potluck contribution that night. (For more on my meatballs and other embarrassing mistakes, click here). It was inspiring to know that even Merrill Stubbs and Amanda Hesser burn their toast, but one of my favorites was Serena Wolf’s tale of her béchamel fail.… Continue Reading
If I had gotten my act together sooner, this white asparagus recipe would have hit your small screens last week in time for Easter. But it’s taken me a few minutes to catch up on life after my solitary month at the writer’s colony. Sadly this involved whipping up loads of laundry, instead of whipping egg yolks all over my kitchen, like my usual glamorous food blogging self.
But now that my underwear has been folded and the dishwasher I accidentally forgot to run before I left has been demolded, I’m back in action.
This simple white asparagus recipe with sabayon sauce is great for spring in general.… Continue Reading
I’m finally back at my desk after a whirlwind month on the road. I’ve literally never been so happy to hike the steps to my sleeping loft and was practically lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of drunk people spilling margaritas outside my window. Perhaps it takes 2 solitary weeks on a mountaintop in Tennessee—with nothing (not even Netflix) to distract me from my own lame thoughts—to make me truly miss New York and all its loud dirty magic.
That said, I had a very productive time away. And unlike my usual travels, I actually had a kitchen for most of the time!… Continue Reading
I purposefully chose not to try out any specific diets for The Wellness Project. The idea of restriction and rules in any form is so contrary to what I preach on this site. But I made an exception for Vegan Before 6 this month. And that’s because Mark Bittman, the “diet’s” champion and creator, has vehemently made the distinction that this is a new way of eating, not a fad food craze.
At the beginning of every year I try to do a little pantry de-hoarding. I’m historically a lot better at this in the kitchen than in my bathroom, if this is any indication. But when I was taking stock of my jars in January, I realized that my split peas had been sitting on the shelf ever since I first moved into my apartment…3 years ago. If the time stamp wasn’t disconcerting enough, I picked up the bottle and noticed that the peas had developed a nice suntan, causing the front half of the jar to become a yellow ombre.… Continue Reading
My $40 Farmer’s Market wellness challenge came at the perfect time this month. I’ve just set up shop in Sewanee, Tennessee at a writer’s colony for two weeks of intense focus on the book.
Between the launch of the wellness project series on the blog, private cheffing, and the return of all my favorite shows from winter hiatus, I’ve been having the hardest time sitting down and cranking out pages for my manuscript. Left to my own scheduling devices at home, I procrastinate by cooking for the site, which is much easier to do while simultaneously watching The Voice than writing at a desk.… Continue Reading
Whenever I’m feeling rundown and in need of a detox (and don’t feel like going off of these bad boys for an extended period of time), the first ingredient I turn to is the bodacious beet.… Continue Reading
It’s always a fun to see what recipes end up topping the Feed Me Phoebe charts as your favorites every year. I’ll have the full list for you next week. But one of the dishes whose popularity most surprised me was this Red Lentil and Spinach Masala recipe that came in as number 4.
Lentils always seem like the lowly vegan peasant food that most self-respecting meat eaters wouldn’t touch unless providing structural support for some thinly sliced lamb on a restaurant plate. But I was pleasantly shocked last summer when my favorite self-respecting meat eater, Charlie, ordered the vegetarian entrée—a bowl of lentils with a fried egg—when we went out to a nice meal on Martha’s Vineyard at Beach Plum Inn.… Continue Reading