Archive for the ‘Food’ category

I made a tortilla

Faced with vegetables that weren’t getting any younger, and feeling hungry and wanting to avoid reading for my Evidence class, I hit upon the idea of making a tortilla, the Spanish kind. I was friends with a bunch of Spaniards in grad school, and they once tried making a tortilla and failed miserably. So I […]

Bonus playlist Wednesday: stoned soul picnic edition

(Check out the complete soul food mix series: Dinner, Dessert, Redux, Leftovers.) So, yesterday was the first day of summer. How did you celebrate? I spent the morning working in the garden. In the afternoon I went for a haircut and ended up getting nearly twelve inches cut off, the most drastic change to my […]

Bonus playlist Wednesday: soul food (leftovers edition)

(Catch up on the Soul Food Mix series here.) Some things have to be enjoyed fresh. Others are even better the next day. These tunes have been kicking around the “soul food” folder since the beginning. It’s time to clean out the fridge. Find the whole meal here. 1. Chocolate Chip (ft. Chip Wickham)⎯The New […]

Weighty matters

Being Stella and writing about weight loss seems predictable.  It’s a cliché that women are obsessed and oppressed by body image, but I’m going to come out as someone who just lost weight and feels really good about it. In the fall, a confluence of stressful and unhappy events led me to stop eating properly […]

The morning after

Thanks to the New York Times, this year’s Thanksgiving meal was a veritable vegetarian feast of this, this, this, and this. And you?

Peasant stuff

Since I moved in with a friend of mine a few months ago, I often walk into the kitchen and find my roommate standing at the stove, stirring a pot of stew or checking on a loaf of something in the oven. “What’s cooking?” I ask. “Eh. Peasant stuff.” She’s from a small European country […]

Squash Week

Last week was squash week in around here. At the beginning of the week, cooking with squash. I came across a recipe somehwere, maybe in Slate (which I swear I don’t read very often; don’t judge me), for butternut squash roasted in rendered sausage fat. This sounded delicious and had only five ingredients (including salt […]

Bonus playlist Wednesday: soul food redux edition

(Links to previous soul food mix posts here and here.) Enjoy! 1. Hot Dog⎯New Mastersounds 2. Burnt Biscuits⎯Triumphs 3. Grits & Gravy⎯The Fame Gang 4. Broasted Or Fried⎯Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents 5. Bar B-Q⎯Wendy Rene 6. Chitterlings Con Carne⎯Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers 7. Cuchy Frito Man⎯Cal Tjader 8. Hot Dog⎯Four Shells […]

Good taste

One of the occasional pleasures of my professional life is taking part in tastings for major events. Yesterday, on a perfect Washington spring afternoon, we zipped down 395, past the blossoming Tidal Basin, to the caterer’s large facility. First we were presented with six different round tables with three different color palettes for the décor.  […]

Yo, Peeps!

Mmm, Peeps. That marshmallowy goodness, that delicate drip of a beak. How I love those little chickadees and bunnies, with their beady little eyes! And now, a Peeps first: an official store has opened in DC’s National Harbor. More Peeps art here. The dark side of Peeps here and here. Terra Cotta Peeps Warriors here. And […]