Alice’s sweet and spicy beef noodles

Tonight’s dinner, sweet and spicy beef noodles, came to us courtesy of my old friend and former roommate Alice. Alice describes this dish as “Chinese spaghetti with meat sauce,” an apt metaphor. You almost feel like you should break out the parmesan cheese and start grating—until you taste the sauce, which is about as far … Continue reading

Putting on my dinner rally cap

I came from behind to score a victory on dinner last night: Mark Bittman’s Chicken Provencale.* I was nearly defeated by giant olives that were impossible to pit because they didn’t really fit in the pitter contraption I got from my dad. Then I realized that I forgot to ask the butcher to split the … Continue reading

Snowed in!

A big storm is headed our way, so we rolled out of bed and went grocery shopping first thing this morning and were home with a full fridge by 9:00 am. The snow didn’t start in earnest until this afternoon, but as it approached, I asked myself, “What would Martha Stewart do?” Martha would roast … Continue reading

“I realize that when I met you at the turkey curry buffet, I was unforgivably rude, and wearing a reindeer jumper.”

In the past week, I’ve made recipes on either side of a New York Times clipping from last November. The Dining & Wine section of the Times is really more about eating out (“dining”) than it is about cooking, much to my chagrin, but I need to remind myself that they do publish good recipes—buried … Continue reading

The Burgers of My/Your/Our People

Old habits die hard. Old food habits die harder. Last night I made Grandma Burgers, a delicacy of my childhood that are so called because my grandmother makes them (and to differentiate them from regular burgers served on a bun). I could just as easily call them Belarussian Burgers, because my former roommate Hanna, who … Continue reading

Dinner Experiment: Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Stew, Jay-Style

lacinato kale/courtesy of Flickr user sweetbeetandgreenbean under a Creative Commons license

When I lived alone, I used to eat a lot of dinners that involved a vegetable and not much else. They were quick and healthy, but not exactly the kind of food you’d serve to someone else, especially if kale was involved–because as my brother’s girlfriend once pointed out after going to someone’s house for … Continue reading