November 18, 2019

1 c. butter at room temperature

2/3 c. sugar

1 T. vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten

2 1/2 c. flour

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla, then egg, and beat for 1 minute.

Add flour gradually.

Form mixture into a ball, wrap with plastic, and chill for...

November 18, 2019

There is nothing more satisfying to me than giving others the gift of a home-cooked meal. It’s a way to say, “thank you,” “I love you,” “welcome,” “I miss you,” “feel better.” When I was pregnant, I dreamed of carrying on the tradition of cooking with my own child, jus...

November 14, 2019

2 T. + 1 t. olive oil

16 oz. cremini ("Baby Bella") mushrooms, sliced or shitake mushrooms after being soaked overnight

2 t. chili powder

1 1/2 t. red curry powder

1 1/2 t. garam masala

1 t. smoked paprika

1 t. cumin

1/4 t. red pepper flakes

14 oz. can coconut milk 

1 medium o...

November 14, 2019

I distinctly remember my mum telling my sister and me, "As soon as you two get home from school, start the dinner.” This directive filled me with dread. I’d say, “But I don’t know how to cook," and Mum would answer, "Do you live here too?"

I grew up in the East End of L...

November 11, 2019

When I was eight years old, my brother went to Vietnam, and my mother set about what would later be known as the Great Overseas Brownie Mission or GO-BM (no reflection on the brownies, I swear). This meant that she basically endeavored to provide the entire U.S. Army s...

November 7, 2019

1 lb. grass-fed beef (knuckle, tenderloin, or top sirloin)

salt and pepper, to taste

3 cloves garlic, crushed

3 eggs, beaten

almond meal or coconut flour, to taste

olive oil

Season steak with salt, pepper, and garlic, and set aside.

In a deep dish, beat eggs until smooth.

Coat...

November 7, 2019

On the one hand, I have a label: narcissistic mother. I read books and visit websites while tears roll down my face and my childhood pain gets validated. Those tears drop into buckets of Reese’s ice cream before I ram my fingers down my throat, battling bulimia into it...

November 4, 2019

1 lb. dried beans (red kidney, pinto, etc)

salt to taste

Wash and soak the beans in a large pot of water overnight. 

Discard the soaking water and rinse beans under running water.

Fill a big pot with fresh water, and bring to a boil.

Add beans, and bring to a boil again.

Red...

November 4, 2019

My Costa Rican mother came to the United States with my Greek father, one toddler, and two children in diapers. Times were hard, and my mother felt lost most of the time, dealing with the customs and culture that were so alien to her. People seemed cold and austere, in...

October 31, 2019

12 medium tomatoes

salt

extra virgin olive oil

3 oz. dry bread

1 t. cumin seeds 

4 oz. Greek feta cheese

3 oz. pitted black olives, chopped

1 sprig thyme, leaves removed

4 oz. ricotta cheese

2 oz. sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped

handful of fresh basil, chopped

1 red on...

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