Health, Hedonism & All the Delicious Things In Between
Category Archives: Meatless Monday
I’m aware that there are many people who do not share my love of the white stuff. Mayo, that is. And for those who think that it is, indeed, Satan’s sandwich spread, I have good news for you: this healthy French onion dip recipe doesn’t require even a dollop.
Everyone has a different interpretation of what it means to eat “healthy.” (I know this thanks to the many snarky remarks I’ve received in the comments section). As I mentioned last week, my definition used to be a lot looser–meaning, pretty much anything that came out of my kitchen, even if it had an absurd amount of cheese involved.… Continue Reading
It’s no secret that my biggest guilty pleasure (of many guilty pleasures) is a parchment paper cone of crispy French fries. I talk about it so often that several of you have actually asked whether my twitter profile occupation “competitive French fry eater” is actually legit. Bless your hearts!
Though a girl can dream, my French fry eating has yet to win me any professional accolades. Mainly, it wins me disgruntled dinner mates who are less than pleased when the “share” plate of fries somehow goes missing halfway through their entrees.… Continue Reading
Friends, HAPPY 2016!
I know we’re almost two weeks into reinvention season and I have yet to bring you my definitive recap of The Wellness Project. Forgive me! I’d love to tell you that I’m working on it. But if I’m being honest, mama needs a vacation.
All of the medium-rare steaks, French macaroons and hours on my butt I gave up in the process of making over my life last year paled in comparison to the juggernaut of book writing. The weight of the project cranked me into a whole new gear of anxiety and self-loathing. It nearly broke my spirit at the end, right when I was technically supposed to be tackling the “spirit” portion of my wellness to-do list.… Continue Reading
Grating potatoes—or anything for that matter—might be one of my least favorite kitchen tasks. I usually manage to stay pretty clear of my chef’s knife blade. But when muscling a slippery vegetable through sharp holes of death, all bets are off.
I’m pretty sure that having scabby knuckles by the end of the Hanukkah season is an important cultural part of being Jewish. It just gives the old Yentas in the kitchen another reason to make their offspring feel guilty about not having a fifth serving.… Continue Reading
We’ve never served a soup course at our Thanksgiving, but I love the idea for quainter family gatherings. When your table has grown to include over forty heads, you don’t mess with the finer logistics of spoons and bowls. That said, this roasted carrot soup recipe would have been the perfect thing to thaw the unfortunate “climate” of our holiday meal a few years ago.
Thanksgiving has historically been the holiday that belonged to our branch of the family. That might sound like we carried more than our fair share. But when you’re Jewish, there’s a lot of hosting that happens throughout the year.… Continue Reading
I made this quinoa and Brussels sprout gratin a few weeks ago to bring to the second installment of my #FriendsinFood potluck dinner series.
Even though I’ve been blogging since November 2008, when I started my first site, I’ve always felt a little on the fringe of the food blog community. Somehow I never got my act together to get involved in the conference circuit. And though I’ve made a lot of awesome virtual friends, for a while it seemed like I was the only one who didn’t have a dedicated posse on the ground to share cocktails and conversation about the ups and downs of making Thanksgiving stuffing in September and margaritas at 10am on a Monday.… Continue Reading
It’s always fun, in a slightly worrisome and embarrassing sort of way, when I get asked to teach someone a dish I’ve never made before. And such was the case with this cauliflower mashed potato recipe.
For potato lovers like myself, cauliflower can seem like the poor (paleo) man’s carb. But it is surprisingly adept at mimicking all manners of starch. I have yet to try the cauliflower fried rice that’s making the rounds on the web. But after this cauliflower pizza crust turned out perfectly dense and crispy, I’m officially a believer.… Continue Reading
I became a serious evangelist for yemista (the Greek term for baked stuffed vegetables) last summer when I traveled around the Aegean. Before that I was a bit of a hater when it came to stuffed vegetable side dishes. They always just seemed a bit hokey and disappointing as a vehicle, like a stale ABP bread bowl.
But that all changed in Greece. And now stuffing whole tomatoes with arborio rice, diced zucchini, and plenty of herbs is one of my favorite vegetarian meals. It’s also an amazing way to use up the last of the season’s tomatoes. Because lezbehonest, we’re all running a little low on ideas right about now…… Continue Reading