Tiny brown beads sizzle in my non-stick pan, slowly enlarging. I stick my nose closer to get a whiff of the mustard seeds I’m pickling for the first time…ever. Until this Monday eve, I’ve put pickling anything into the category of too difficult/advanced for the type of cook that I am. I tend to the … More Quality Time with my Apron
The first time I had grits was a rainy Sunday brunch at a shi-shi French-Southern restaurant in West Nashville. I had their version of shrimp and grits. The shrimp comes in this deliciously flavorful sauce and when you mix it into the grits, each bite is a flavor and textural swirl of delight. This was … More CSC Part Two: Got Turnip G’s?
Tuesday night, after a crazy day of feeling stressed and sitting in traffic for forty-minutes, I came home to a warm dinner made by my awesomely kind and romantic partner in life. N made roasted butternut squash with sage and bacon penne. Imagine having a picnic in a pumpkin patch or apple orchard because this … More Community Supported Cook aka CSC
This month I cooked my first meal for 15 people. Initially, I thought this was an easy task. After-all, I feel confident about my abilities and felt strong about my knowledge. I made an Indian meal consisting of cabbage fry, daal, kale, and lamb curry. All of which I’ve made hundreds of times successfully. To … More Erasing a disappointment or two
My life. The fears. The hunger. My dreams. A few weeks ago, I had a lovely dinner with a colleague. We ordered a variety of appetizers and Prosecco! In Medford, there is this little Italian restaurant called Lantana Cafe. When you walk in, it reminds me of a tiny New York restaurant. They serve brick … More Dream for Real
In the past year, I have mastered the art of making an egg two ways: sunny side up and fried over easy. Though this may seem to be a low level skill, it signifies my move from novice to intermediate chef in my mind. I am able to not only manipulate ingredients to create flavor, … More Mistakes- Sunny Side Up