Huevos Rancheros

This is truly less a recipe and more a set of assembly instructions, but it does feel helpful to have a guide as I meal plan or rally myself to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight. So here goes. My best instructions for how to turn this simple, nutritious meal into aContinue reading “Huevos Rancheros”

Warm Raspberry Sauce

We’ve had a beautiful bounty of raspberries for a few years now. They begin to ripen just as our strawberries are petering out, giving us a month more of fruit for our granola and our pound cake and our salads. And, if we harvest more than we feel like eating on any given day, there’sContinue reading “Warm Raspberry Sauce”

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

As summer veggies begin to appear in the garden, there’s a decadent treat you might overlook: the flowers on your zucchini plants. These fragile beauties are a tasty delicacy, a little sweet, with a silky mouth-feel. If you’re growing zucchini, simply keep your eye out for blossoms as they appear on your plant. If youContinue reading “Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms”

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry season can’t go by without my making at least one batch of strawberry shortcake. There’s just something magical about the perfect combination of sweet-ish biscuit, homemade cream and the natural deliciousness of strawberries at their peak. Over the years I’ve used a patchwork of recipes to pull together this dish. My favorite whipped creamContinue reading “Strawberry Shortcake”

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Gardens and farmers markets are bursting with greens (like lettuce, Swiss chard, arugula and spinach), fresh herbs (like mint, parsley, cilantro and chives), and other salad veggies (like carrots and radishes and snow peas). Which makes right about now the perfect time to wrap up some Vegetarian Spring Rolls. These beautiful and delicious rolls pack a nutritiousContinue reading “Vegetarian Spring Rolls”

You’ve Got a Friend in Her

Helen Ellis’s latest book of essays is sure to make you smile Helen Ellis is writing for me. A woman in my late 40s/early 50s. Someone who stares in the mirror and wonders: Is my hair grayer than it was yesterday? Did my cheeks always have those ridges at the bottom? No, I do notContinue reading “You’ve Got a Friend in Her”

Balsamic Vinaigrette

I’m a huge salad fan — I build them with spinach, beets, lentils, you name it. But the piece that really pulls all those fresh veggies together is the perfect dressing. For a mix of spinach and sprouts and strawberries and pecans, I have long enjoyed this Poppy Seed Dressing. Then I remembered how well balsamic vinegarContinue reading “Balsamic Vinaigrette”

Arugula Strawberry Spring Rolls

They’re called “spring rolls” for a reason, right? Because this beautiful fusion of salad and wrap combines the very best of spring — greens and berries and goat cheese and fresh herbs. I have often folded together these Vegetarian Spring Rolls. With their pan-fried tofu and Asian Peanut Sauce, they are an easy, make-ahead lunchContinue reading “Arugula Strawberry Spring Rolls”

The Gift of Hearing Others’ Stories

In my work as a magazine writer, I interview people from all walks of life. We sit down, often in their living rooms or offices or a nearby coffee shop. I pull out my notebook and push record on my phone app, and out flow the stories. The big moments and the small. The times thatContinue reading “The Gift of Hearing Others’ Stories”

The Lessons of the Stumbling Stones

In Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, she shares the story of the stumbling stones. In 1992, German artist Gunter Demnig, began commemorating the lives of Sinti and Roma people who were murdered by the Nazi regime. The project soon expanded to include all who were killed by Nazis: Jews, primarily, but also homosexuals, theContinue reading “The Lessons of the Stumbling Stones”